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Providence Volleyball against U of W College Wesmen

On Friday, January 25th, Providence University College hosted the U of W College Wesmen in their first games of the second semester.

The women had a tough start losing a hard fought match in 4 sets, 25-22, 26-28, 23-25, 20-25. Atira Clunis led Providence with 14 kills and 3 aces in the loss. Heidi Martens chipped in 12 kills of her own.
The men capped the night off with a thrilling 5 set victory in front of the home crowd. Down 2 sets to none, Providence dug deep to take the next 3 sets with a final score of 20-25,23-25,25-19,25-22,15-12. Kevin Hildebrand was on top of his game on Friday with 12 kills, 6 service aces, and 6 digs. The College Wesmen could not figure out his serve all night. Josh Doerksen added 11 kills and 4 digs while Bryton Arnal was solid in the middle with 6 kills and 5 aces.
Head Coach Jason Peters praised his veteran players in leading the comeback win. “We got some great play out if our senior’s in this match. Kevin was as dominant, particularly from the serving line as he has ever been. We started slow and it was evident that we had not played a match since November as our rust was a factor early, but our guys stepped up their level as the match progressed. It was a good win for us, and something we can build off of going forward.”
The rolls reversed for the men’s and women’s teams. The women came out with a better performance beating U of W in their gym in 4 sets to avenge the loss from the previous day. Providence took the match 25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23. Heidi Martens again had a strong performance with 12 kills and 4 blocks. Kate Osadchuk added 11 kills and 11 digs. Libero Katelyn Corbin led the Providence with 13 digs.
“It was very important for us to come out with the split this weekend after losing Friday night. I was very impressed with how our girls never lost their competitiveness this weekend.” Assistant Coach Kyle Guenther said of his team after the weekend. “However, we didn’t pass the ball well or serve particularly great which automatically puts you in a tough position against anybody. We will need to work hard on improving these areas as we close out our season in the next few weeks.”
The men played a pretty tight match until the wheels fell off in the 4th set. The College Wesmen managed to split the weekend series with their 25-23, 27-29, 25-21, 25-8 win on Saturday. Josh Doerksen has a monster game with 19 kills and 9 digs while Connor Wiebe added 6 kills and 8 digs in the losing cause.
Next games for these teams will be Wednesday, January 30 when they travel to CMU.
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