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Delmer Krahn (12 kills, 3 stuff blocks, 8 digs)

Delmer Krahn leads Freemen to 3-set sweep over CMU

The Freemen hoped to finally find their groove Friday evening as they hosted the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers, and did just that. Providence opened the night with an overwhelming 25-13 set win, and took the next two 25-23 and 25-21 en route to a 3-set sweep of the Blazers and their most impressive performance of the campaign.

“This was probably our best effort of the season,” Freemen head coach Jason Peters commented following the game. “For the first time this year we played three consecutive quality sets, and we were rewarded for it.”

The Freemen came out hard and played at an intensity that CMU couldn’t match early on, as the first set was a showcase of quality Freemen volleyball. Providence held an early 8-5 lead, and then exploded to go on a 10-3 run that was capped by a thunderous spike from freshman Kevin Hildebrand (7 Kills). The Freemen then continued to roll, and took the set 25-13 off a cross-court kill from freshman Delmer Krahn (12 kills, 3 stuff blocks, 8 digs).

However, the Blazers started to come to life in the second set behind strong play from Middle Paul Peters to give the Freemen a tight battle. The two sides stayed close until the Freemen gained a 4-point advantage at 19-15 off of an unreturnable bullet of a serve from Hildebrand. CMU then fought back to within one at 24-23, but the rally was stopped short by a Blazers defensive miscommunication and the Freemen took the set 25-23.

The final set mimicked the intensity of the second, as the Blazers stayed within three of the Freemen until the sides stood deadlocked at 13. CMU then took their first lead of the match as they pulled out to a 16-13 lead, and eventually increased it to a 4-point 19-15 lead late in the set. However, coach Peters answered the sudden CMU surge by inserting freshman Bryton Arnal in for service. Arnal, seeing his first action since injuring his ankle January 13th, answered the call with 5 straight service points, leading his team to regain a 21-19 lead. With the momentum on their side the Freemen finished with authority, getting their final two points off of a roof from setter Paul Warkentin and a stuff block from sophomore Josh Friesen (6 kills, 3 stuff blocks, 3 aces), en route to a 25-21 set win and 3-set victory.

Coach Peters left the game happy to finally see his team play to its potential while not taking any sets off. He also noted that the wins couldn’t have come at a better time as the squad now heads into their tournament play south of the border.

“We did a much better job blocking and serving than we have in recent games,” Coach Peters said. “We played really loose, and with much better intensity.”

“We feel really good about our effort, and it gives us something to build off of. We will come back this week and work harder than ever as we move towards our first action of the season in the States coming next weekend.”

Notes: The Freemen next play Wednesday as they travel to Winnipeg to play the St. Boniface Voyageurs.

Article written by Kaiten Critchlow
Picture by Heidi Martens

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