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Lady Freemen win 4 straight NCCAA matches in Minneapolis

The women’s volleyball team saw their first NCCAA action this past weekend as they travelled to Minneapolis to take part in a five-team tournament.

Providence’s first test was a match-up against a strong side from Northland International University. The Lady Freemen came out slow, and let NIU take the early control and the first set 25-19. However, Providence quickly adapted to the american style of play, and were able to play catch up to steal a tight second set 26-24. The ladies then settled their play to become more organized as a group, and won the match by taking the next two sets 25-22 and 25-17.

Providence then face the North Central University Rams in their second match of the day. While NCU had come into the tourney without a win on their record, the Lady Freemen ended up seeing their toughest match of the weekend against them.

The Lady Freemen were able to draw first blood as they took the first set 25-22, but the Rams responded by winning a tight one, 27-25, in the next set. The two sides then swapped the next two sets, with Providence taking the third set 25-15, and NCU taking the fourth 25-19. The fifth set then set the stage for yet another tightly contested set, but it was the Lady Freemen who were able to pull out the clutch performance, as they took the set 16-14, and won the match 3 sets to 2.

Saturday morning then set the stage for Providence’s most dominant performance as they faced Trinity Bible College, and never let their opponents get into the game. The Lady Freemen were focussed right from the hop, and they were able to take three consecutive sets with relative ease, earning 25-11, 25-18, and 25-16 wins.

By Saturday afternoon a talented ladies’ squad from Faith Baptist Bible College were the only thing standing between Providence and an undefeated NCCAA competition record; and that was something the Lady Freemen weren’t about to give up without a fight.

A young Providence side then began the match that seemed reflective of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, as they moved from set to set without keeping a consistent team style. The Lady Freemen played their fluent game in both the first and third sets, and it led to dominant scores in their favor as they took them 25-12 and 25-9. However, sandwiching those performances were sets two and four where the ladies let Faith jump out to big leads that they couldn’t catch, and they dropped the sets 23-25 and 21-25.

But the young squad once again proved to be clutch, and they came out ignited once again in the fifth set to win the match with an impressive 15-9 set.

Lady Freemen head coach Scott Masterson left the weekend proud of what was clearly a great start to his young squad’s NCCAA competition.

“Overall, I am very pleased about the weekend,” Coach Masterson said of his team’s play at the tourney. “We proved that we have the potential to be a very good team, and we were able to build our confidence by being able to figure out ways to win even when we weren’t playing our best.”

The volleyball squad next returns to action at 6:30pm Friday, October 15 at home as they play host to Bottineau College.

Written by:
Kaiten Critchlow

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