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Providence volleyball teams win 4 of 5 in Alberta
2016-09-21
 
The Providence Pilots volleyball teams won four of five matches in Alberta last weekend—the only blemish a 3-1 loss to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) men’s team on September 17.
 
But the Pilots men, who opened their three-match trip with a 3-1 victory over the University of Alberta Augustana, rebounded with a 3-1 defeat of Concordia University of Edmonton.
 
Second-year left side Adrian Dyck led the way with a combined 35 kills, and first-year setter Pierce Dresser contributed 96 assists.
 
“I was very pleased with how we played—these being our first games of the season,” remarked head coach and Providence Director of Athletics Scott Masterson. “There are a lot of great things about this team that we will be able to build on for the rest of the year.”
 
On the women’s side, the Pilots recorded back-to-back victories over the University of Alberta Augustana and improved to 6-0 on the season. They also rose from fourth place to third in the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA).
 
Third-year right side LaRae Driedger executed 25 kills over the two matches—3-0 and 3-2 wins—and second-year libero Caroline Seale added 29 digs.
 
“We won these matches against a tough opponent and I’m proud of how we are coming together as a team early in the season,” analyzed head coach Kyle Guenther.
 
In soccer, both Providence teams had a weekend of mixed results, beating Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College Cougars and losing to Winnipeg’s Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface.
 
Julika Kehler, however, provided what will surely be one of the Pilots performances of the season with a six-goal effort in a 7-0 drubbing of ACC. Against Les Rouges, Courtney Engel tallied twice in a 3-2 loss.
 
“I was really proud to see how the women played and executed our game-plan against both teams,” said head coach Tory Walker. “The Sunday game you could tell we started running out of gas, but I was pleased with how we continued to fight and push. I know we’ll continue to improve as the season progresses.
 
The men, too, defeated ACC on September 17—Jay Thielmann and Hunter Robinson scoring late in the 2-0 triumph—before losing 2-1 to Les Rouges a day later. Herby Magney notched the lone Providence goal of the afternoon.
 
“We controlled the game against ACC but couldn’t finish until the last 10 minutes, which made it stressful,” offered head coach Joey Passi, adding that a failure to take their chances proved the difference against Les Rouges.
 
Next up for the soccer teams is an October 1 trip to ACC. The men’s volleyball outfit, meanwhile, will return to Alberta for a further four matches September 30 and October 1. The women will host the Providence Invitational Tournament from September 30-October 2.

 

(Top to bottom: Julika Kehler; LaRae Driedger)

 

         

 
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