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Wesmen Right Behind Pilots


The Pilots took to the court against the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen on Saturday afternoon at the Duckworth Centre. After suffering their first defeat of the MCAC season to the Wesmen a week prior, the Pilots were looking to bounce back with a win. The Wesmen who have been playing good volleyball this month had another strong performance, handing the Pilots their second loss of the season 3-1 (25-8, 25-15, 22-25, 25-23). Coach Masterson had these words to say after the match, “We started out the match playing some of the worst volleyball we have played all year. UW is playing quite well these days and so when you come out like we did, we can expect to have a result like the first 2 sets. That being said, I thought the team made a valiant effort to turn the match around and we slowly started to get ourselves back into the match. I don’t think we ever felt like we were playing our best but we found ways to give ourselves a chance by almost getting the match to a fifth set. So we have a lot to learn from a match like that and hopefully we will come out a better team because of it.” Key players for the Pilots were, Lauren Toews with 12 kills, 3 blocks, 3 aces, and Clarice Martens with 6 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace.

The men’s volleyball team entered their match against the College Wesmen with an even 8-8 record. The Wesmen lead the series between the two teams 2 games to 1 heading into Saturdays match. Providence who had been playing better volleyball this month, sweeping the Assiniboine Community College Cougars in a double header the week prior was looking for an upset against the Wesmen. The Pilots were handed another loss on Saturday afternoon, 3-1 (20-25, 14-25, 25-19, 20-25) dropping them below .500 again this season. Coach Peters had these words to say after the game, “We showed some improvement today, but it wasn't quite enough. We were outstanding in serve receive and we were more balanced offensively. Our effort in terms of blocking and defense still needs much work though, so we will get back at it and see if we can take another step this next week.” Key players for the Pilots were, Josh Doerksen with 13 kills, 2.52 pass average, 13 digs, and Erik Wiebe with 11 kills, 2.61 pass average, 10 digs. Next action for the Pilots is February 7 against the Red River Rebels at Red River. Games times are, women at 6:00 pm and men at 8:00 pm.
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