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Lady Freemen Fall on Home Court

CMU takes 3 straight sets against Providence for away victory

Heidi Martens

Friday night’s game presented the season’s rubber match for the Providence Lady Freemen and Canadian Mennonite University Blazers teams as they split the first two match-ups earlier in the season. The competitiveness showed throughout the match as every set was only won by two points, but it was CMU who always came out with the finishing touch as they took the match in three straight sets.

The Lady Freemen started the game with high energy as the gym was packed full of supporters, including a super-sized blue man crew. However, CMU came in prepared to fill the role of the underdog and overcame the raucous crowd to take home a well-deserved win.

The first set saw many lead changes as both teams matched one another and battled hard, but it was CMU who was able to come out on top 25-23. The second set then continued at much of the same pace, and both sides continued to match each other’s play, but it was once again CMU that found the final push and finished the set 26-24.

The final set saw CMU take a heavy lead late in the game. However, after a Providence timeout, the Lady Freemen came out and made a late rally while CMU stayed at 24 points. However, in the end, the comeback attempt fell just short as CMU found the match point as soon as Providence reached their 23rd to finish the set at 25-23.

“It was an extremely disappointing loss for the team,” Lady Freemen head coach Becky Heidebrecht said. “All the games were so tight, and it was an evenly matched game that we came out on the wrong side of.”

Despite the loss, Senior Jill Reimer put in a solid game in her last home game as a Lady Freeman. She earned 4 kills, 1 block, and was serving as the ladies mounted their comeback late in final set. Her leadership and experience on the court also showed through as she regrouped and refocused a disgruntled Providence bench after a controversial call was made to finish the second set.

Reimer now looks to lead her Lady Freemen next weekend as they travel across the border for their regional tournament in hopes of earning a berth to the NCCAA Division II National Tournament held next month in Kissimmee, Florida.

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