Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Following their home wins against Les Rouges de l'Université de Saint-Boniface on Saturday, both Providence volleyball teams sit atop the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference standings.
The men’s game was a nail-biter, as the host Pilots dropped the opening two sets. However, the they showed resilience and kept pressing, leading them to win the next three frames 25-19, 25-21, 16-14. Star setter Lucas Pappel led the way with 52 assists and Matthew Friesen contributed 19 kills.
Head coach Scott Masterson knew it was going to be a tough match, but he praised his team’s grit to fight for the win.
“We were able to improve our serve receive and made some key adjustments” he said. “The guys did a great job executing and competing for every point.”
The Pilots women, meanwhile, dominated Les Rouges en route to a four-set win. Though they dropped the third set 20-25, they stormed back to win the game 25-7 in the fourth. Sam Bridle led her team with 40 assists and LaDawn Friesen contributed 12 kills.
Also, for her stand-out performance against Assiniboine Community College last week, libero Caroline Seale was named the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week.
Head coach Kyle Guenther praised his team’s defense, and he is looking forward to finishing off the season strong.
“I am happy with the direction our team is going and look for more of the same in the coming weeks,” he remarked.
The Pilots will next face MCAC rivals Canadian Mennonite University on Saturday in Winnipeg.