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Pilots volleyball teams finish regular season strong
by Naaman Sturrup
The Providence Pilots volleyball teams finished their regular seasons on high notes, Friday, with convincing wins over the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen. The women concluded their schedule atop the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference standings, while the men finished second.
The women’s team was in full control the entire game against the Wesmen. They came out aggressive, making key blocks and kills, spoiling any potential run the Wesmen may have had and winning in straight sets: 25-19, 25-18, 25-10. Left side Shayna Staerk and senior LaRae Driedger each executed 13 kills.
Head coach Kyle Guenther was pleased with his team’s overall play and is looking forward to keep levels up in the upcoming playoffs.
“In our final regular season game we played our best match of the second semester,” he said. “We came out aggressive and the match was played on our terms. This was a confidence-building match for us heading into the playoffs in two weeks. Our goal for the match was to keep getting better as the match went on and we did exactly that. We executed well and ended points quickly, which is something we have focused on lately. I am proud of our group for staying positive and motivated through this long season, and I look forward to finishing strong with them.”
In men’s action, though losing the first set 25-17, the Pilots regathered themselves to win three straight: 25-11, 25-20, 25-22. In the fourth set Providence faced a deficit as the Wesmen began to show their impressive blocking. However, clutch serving from Tyler Enns led to a six-point run and a come-from-behind victory for Providence.
Left side Adrian Dyck contributed 17 kill and 7 aces, and Lucas Pappel put up 40 assists.
Head coach Scott Masterson was pleased with the performance and is looking forward to the MCAC play-offs.
“We are full of confidence heading into the MCAC championships, and I think we are playing the kind of volleyball that we wanted to be playing at this time of year,” he analyzed. “We will have a tough match against Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface in the semi-final. They will be playing at home with a packed house. They play scrappy volleyball and they will feed off the energy of their home crowd for sure. We will have to be sure we can play disciplined volleyball and stay focused in an environment that will be a lot of fun to play in. I know our guys are looking forward to the atmosphere, and it will bring out the best in us.”
The MCAC play-offs will get underway February 5 at USB.


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