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Red River Rips Freemen
Men’s volleyball setting up a block

RRC Rebels take Freemen in 4 sets

The Freemen had hopes that Friday’s match-up against the Red River Rebels would be a turning point for their season. Instead, the Freemen failed to find their form, and the Rebels proved to be the stronger side for the fourth time this season, as they took the match in four sets 25-21, 25-20, 27-29, 25-15.

“We are extremely disappointed with our result from Friday night,” Freemen coach Jason Peters commented. “We played what was likely our worst match of the year, and the score indicated so. Red River has been the best team in the province the last couple of years, and we need to be at our best in order to have a chance. Tonight, we did not.”

After winning two decisive contests in a home-and-home series against St. Boniface last weekend, the Freemen entered Friday night’s match against the RRC Rebels on a high note. The first set featured a close contest between the two sides, but, despite strong play from freshman Dallen Klassen (8 kills, 4 digs), the Rebels were able to pull out the edge to take it 25-21. The Rebels then went on to win the second set 25-20 as they took advantage of a struggling Freemen side.

Providence then seemed to regain some of their form back in the third set as they gave the Rebels the fight they had anticipated coming into the match. The two sides battled back-and-forth, trading points and swapping serves, and sent the set into extra points. But, behind strong play from sophomore middle Josh Friesen (10 kills) and junior setter Paul Warkentine (31 assists), the Freemen were able to edge out the Rebels 29-27. However, the Freemen once again fell victim to poor play and uncharacteristic defensive mistakes in the fourth set, and RRC pounced on the opportunity to take the set and match with a 25-15 score.

Coach Peters left Friday’s game frustrated with the play of his team, but remained optimistic that, with continued work, the team will be able to gel on the court to become more competitive against top squads as they head into the latter part of their season.

“We will get back to work this week and will look to correct some of the issues that caused us to play so poorly on Friday,” coach Peters commented. “We have to get back to blocking and playing better defense if we expect to achieve our goals this year. We will do whatever we can to make sure that we improve in those areas.”

Notes: Freshman Bryton Arnal sat out the game with an ankle injury…the Freemen return to action this weekend as they host St. Boniface Friday night at 8:00pm.

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