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Pilots soar over provincial opposition
2016-01-20
 
The Providence Pilots men’s basketball and volleyball teams consolidated their first-place positions with emphatic victories last weekend, and the women’s volleyball side won twice to keep pace with the University of Winnipeg College Wesman.
 
Only the women’s basketball outfit tasted defeat, although they remain tied for second in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference standings.
 
With 21 points Daniel Dekleva once again paced a men’s basketball squad that dispatched a provincial rival with relative ease. His output took him to third in league scoring, and teammate Romeo KC added 15 points and eight assists in Saturday’s 84-71 win at home to the Red River College Rebels.
 
“I liked how hard we worked on defense to contain the hot shooting of Red River,” remarked head coach Colten Gryba, adding that his players had done well to execute the game plan.
 
On the women’s side, however, the Rebels won convincingly—beating Providence 70-48 in Otterburne. Amber Harms led the way for the hosts, but her 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists were not enough to prevent Red River claiming a share of second spot in the MCAC.
 
“We didn’t play a complete game,” analyzed head coach Joel Coursey. “We had two strong quarters, but that’s not enough to win at this level.”
 
The women’s volleyball team enacted a measure of revenge of the Rebels, prevailing 3-0 in Winnipeg on Saturday to boost their overall record to an impressive 30-6. The triumph followed Friday’s straight-sets win at home to Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface and kept the National Christian College Athletic Association finalists within two points of the first-place Wesmen.
 
“We have been focussing on reinforcing good habits as we start the second half of our season, and I thought we did that,” commented head coach Scott Masterson.
 
LaRae Penner compiled 16 kills and three blocks over the two matches while Sam Bridle contributed 67 assists.
 
The Pilots men also beat both Les Rouges and the Rebels in straight sets on Friday and Saturday and remain atop the MCAC, two points clear of the Rebels.
 
“We had a good, all-around effort against Red River in a place where we haven’t won much the past few years,” stated head coach Jason Peters on Saturday. “We got off to a great start in the first set with tough serves and good defense, and that set the tone. It’s always great to beat Red River because they are a quality program.”
 
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