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Pilots volleyball teams defeat Red River
Having opened their schedule with a straight-sets win at Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference rivals Assiniboine Community College last month the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team improved to 2-0 after beating Red River College 3-1 on Friday.
Steinbach’s Sam Toews led the way offensively with 16 kills while Rosenort’s Greg Dueck contributed 11. Lucas Pappel, also of Steinbach, ran the attack with 48 assists.
“I thought we played a good match, but we certainly have lots of room for improvement,” analyzed head coach Jason Peters. “That said, we haven’t had many wins against Red River in the last few years, so we’ll take it.”
The women’s team, too, triumphed over Red River, their 3-0 victory taking them to an eye-popping 18-4 record on the season.
With a National Christian College Athletic Association regional title already under wraps the ladies will contest the NCCAA National Championship this weekend. Seeded second going into the competition they’re looking to win the tournament for the first time since 2001.
In basketball, the Pilots men lost 119-57 at Presentation College, Friday, before rebounding with a narrow victory over Canadian Mennonite University.
Presentation, of Aberdeen, South Dakota, “shot the lights out,” according to head coach Colten Gryba, who also pointed out that the school is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics institution.
Still, Providence came back with a 70-66 win at CMU on Saturday, thanks in large part to a dominant run in the third quarter. Winnipeg’s Daniel Dekleva led the way with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Romeo KC of Fall Church, Virginia added 17 points and three assists.
“This weekend was a big character-builder for us,” remarked Gryba. “After taking a tough loss to Presentation and having to travel back for the game with CMU I was concerned we wouldn’t have much energy for the game. I was really proud of how the guys responded and how we played for three quarters.”
On the women’s side the Pilots lost 69-38 at CMU, although Winnipeg’s Amber Harms put up 10 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals.
“It was a tough loss. I don’t think we played anywhere near the game we wanted to play,” said head coach Joel Coursey. “I think we will get there but unfortunately we weren’t at that point on Saturday night.”
Both basketball teams will face Red River College on Friday.
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