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Pilots Down Blazers


The women’s volleyball team returned home from the Christmas break with a big target on their back. Ranked number 1 in the MCAC with a 10-0 record and a 7 game winning streak on the line, the Pilots faced off against their rivals the CMU Blazers. Providence wins their 9th MCAC game of the season, 25-22, 25-13, 25-17, remaining undefeated. Coach Masterson had this to say after Friday night match, “I was happy with how we played in our first match back. We competed well for every point and had a good level of intensity.” Top stats for the Pilots were: Lauren Toews 6 kills, 8 aces and 2 blocks, Jodi Lepp 7 kills and 11 digs, and Katelyn Corbin with 11 digs and a 2.1 passer rating.
The men’s volleyball team was looking to extend their 2 game winning streak with a win against CMU. A couple of changes to the lineup and the addition of Mitchell Martens, would make a world of a difference as the Pilots took the game 25-21, 22-25, 28-26, 25-20. This was a strong performance by the Pilots and just what they were looking for in their first game of the semester.

The second game of the weekend would not fare so well for the Pilots as their winning streak would come to an end against the Rebels. Red River took the game 3-0 winning 25-8, 25-23, 25-22. This was one of the toughest losses that the Pilots have suffered this season. The Pilots struggled to pass and were off their serving game against the Rebels. It is easy to say that the MCAC is wide open this season for the top 4 teams, and when the Pilots get some momentum, they will be a contender.

The Pilots faced off with the Rebels at home on Saturday night. Providence had defeated Red River in their previous two matchups 3-0 and 3-0. Saturday would be no different as the Pilots took the game 25-23, 25-14, 25-17. This improves the Pilots to 12-0 in MCAC play this year and 26-10 overall. Coach Masterson had this to say after the game, “I thought we came out quite flat and didn’t have the same energy as the night before against CMU. This resulted in a lot more unforced errors and giving away easy points. But I was happy with how the players who came off the bench came in and brought some good intensity and a higher level of competing. The top stats for the Pilots were: Kate Osadchuk with 10 kills, 1.5 blocks, 1 ace and 4 digs, Lauren Toews with 8 kills, 2 aces, 1.5 blocks and 4 digs.
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