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Providence volleyball teams win four of four
by Naaman Sturrup
The Providence Pilots women’s volleyball team solidified their first-place position in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference with two convincing wins against Les Rouge de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface and the Red River Rebels. They are now four points ahead of Canadian Mennonite University.
The men’s team, which also won against Saint-Boniface and Red River, is in second place in MCAC, only four points behind CMU.
Against Saint-Boniface the women’s team won in straight sets. Facing off with Red River, after a challenging first set that ended 35-33, the Pilots dropped their second set 19-25 but regathered themselves to win two straights sets of 25-20.
Star left side Shayna Staerk led the way with 21 kills, 22 digs and 6 blocks, and middle Savannah Friesen produced 11 kills, 8 digs and 4 blocks.
Head coach Kyle Guenther noted that though his team is winning, it is experiencing a slight decline in play and will need to improve as they enter playoffs.
“Our second semester play continues to be at a bit of a lower level than what I would like to see,” he said. “Having said that, we are still finding ways to win games and keep the lead in the MCAC standings. With only a few games remaining in the regular season, we will look to improve our overall play and find the level we had in the first semester. We have a great group that will need to peak at the end of the season to ensure a strong run in the playoffs.”
The men’s team swept all three sets in both their games.
Against Saint-Boniface left side Adrian Dyck executed 15 kills and 5 aces, and star setter Lucas Pappel produced an impressive 35 assists and 5 blocks. Against Red River, it was Dyck leading the charge yet again with 15 kills and 4 digs and Pappel contributing 37 assists and 2 kills.
Head coach Scott Masterson commented that although there are areas in need of improvement, he is pleased with his team’s wins and is looking forward to facing rivals CMU.
“We did a good job of pulling it out and finishing the weekend with two 3-set wins,” he analyzed. “We only have 3 regular season matches left, with a very important matchup this Friday against CMU. We are working hard at finding the peak of our game for the end the year and this Friday will be a good test for us.”
The volleyball teams’ next matchup are February 3 when they take on CMU.


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