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Freemen Fight but Fall
Friesen receiving a serve

2/17 - Providence’s men’s volleyball squad faced off against the Red River Rebels in Otterburne on Thursday evening.

Despite a heart-and-soul effort, the Freemen were not able to mount a win against one of the province’s premiere clubs (Rebels), and fell 3-1. Providence came onto the court on fire behind some inspired play from the KK duo of Delmer Krahn (15 kills, 7 digs) and Dallen Klassen (14 kills, 8 digs), and were able to dominate the first set to win it 25-20.

Unfortunately, the Freemen started to falter in the second set behind poor execution and allowed the Rebels to regain their confidence to take the set. Providence then fought back in the third set, but weren’t able to make the big plays when it counted and the Rebels took their second consecutive set.

Junior Ryan Hamm (13 digs, 2.74 passing avg.) tried to calm his squad down behind a characteristically impressive defensive effort, but the Rebels were once again able to find the clutch points to take the fourth set and clinch the match three sets to one.

Providence head coach Jason Peters says the team is at the point where they should be getting better results, but he is still happy with the effort he is seeing from his squad.

“We are past the point in the season where we are satisfied with moral victories, and we are disappointed to lose,” says Peters. “At the same time, we showed great resilience in the back row, in serve receive, and even more so on defense where we were better than we have been in a long time, probably in a couple of seasons.”

Peters says the team will now take advantage of the couple of weeks left in between now and their next matches, which will be at the University of Iowa’s tournament in March.

Written by: Kaiten Critchlow

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