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In a whirlwind of events last week, the men and women volleyball teams played MCAC matches against Canadian Mennonite University, St. Boniface University, and Assiniboine Community College.

Men's Team

Doerksen (Sophomore) in action

On Wednesday (November 2nd, 2011), the Freemen came out strong against CMU, but suffered some inconsistency in their play, particularly in the back row, which cost them the second set. Luckily, the team rebounded and was able to grind out the next two sets (25-14, 17-25, 25-16, 25-20). Delmer Krahn led the team offensively with 12 kills and Josh Doerksen added 8 kills (both from (New Bothwell, MB).

The Freemen faced a greatly improved CUSB team on Friday night. The match had high energy right from the beginning. With points going back and forth between teams, the Freemen were finally able to capitalize and win (25-22) with a great blocking effort that slowed down CUSB’s twin towers (6’6 RS/LS hitters). Falling behind early in the third, Providence fought back with the inspired play of Paul Warkentin (Steinbach, MB) and Josh Friesen (Miami, MB) with 8 kills, but ultimately dropped the set 27-29 and again fell flat in the fourth (21-25). Going down 6-2 in the 5th set, Providence mounted a comeback to take an 8-7 lead at the turn. From there, great side out play and a few big blocks from Steven Schapansky (Niverville, MB) brought out an exciting 15-13 win. A great finish for a home opener. Krahn had 15 kills and Kevin Hildebrand (Bergthal, Paraguay) kicked in 6 ace serves.

Playing two matches on Saturday, Providence took on ACC in Brandon, MB. These matches allowed the Freemen to get some of the younger players a lot of action and they responded well, winning the first match 3-0. Providence followed the first match up with a dominant afternoon performance led by tremendous serve receive and defence from Doerksen and Ryan Hamm (Chatham, ON) and a 9 kill, 5 ace performance from Hildebrand.

Women's Team

Corbin (Freshman) showing expert defensive skills
In a disappointing loss on Wednesday, CMU defeated the Lady Freemen three sets straight (22-25, 22-25, 20-25). Throughout the match, the team’s poor passing made it difficult to gain any sort of momentum. Grabbing top stats were Lauren Toews with 14 kills, 2 digs; Victoria Ryshytylo with 7 kills, 2 blocks, 3 digs, 5 aces; and Christa Penner with 25 assists.

The remainder of the weekend proved triumphant for the team as they delivered solid performances against St. Boniface University winning 3-0 (25-15, 25-9, 25-13). Head Coach, Scott Masterson, was pleased to get through the match in three straight sets, but notes, “we still have a lot of room for improvement in reaching our potential.”

Building off this win, the Lady Freemen went on to defeat Assiniboine Community College in two afternoon matches. Taking the first match 3-0 (25-13, 25-2, 25-16), noteworthy stat getters were Jessica Hamm with 7 kills, 6 blocks, 5 digs; Ryshytylo with 7 kills, 8 digs, 4 blocks; Toews with 6 kills and Jenna Neufeld added 21 assists. In the second match, the Lady Freemen won 3-0 (25-9, 25-12, 25-13) with Ryshytylo contributing 8 kills, 7 digs; Toews chipping in 6 kills; and Penner had 25 assists.

Coach comments: “We were happy with the intensity we brought to both matches. We focused on playing to our potential and executing our game which is evident with the results.”

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