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Women's Volleyball In Minneapolis

The Providence Women’s Volleyball team traveled down to Minneapolis, Minnesota this past weekend. This was a North Central Division tournament that would decide the rankings for the NCCAA Regional Championship tournament coming up in late October.

In their first game of the weekend, the Pilots would face off against Faith Baptist Bible College. Faith had beaten Providence just one week prior and had a lot of confidence heading into this contest. This confidence helped the Eagles take the first set 25-18. Freshmen outsides Shayna Staerk and Brooke Paulsen came out swinging in the second set. Their play sparked the team and became the more aggressive side. The Pilots were in control for the rest of the match and won the final 3 sets 25-18, 25-15, 25-14. Shayna and Brooke, both reside in Winnipeg, MB, finished with 14 kills, 2 service aces and 13 kills, 5 aces respectively. Lauren Toews, a senior from Winnipeg, added 10 kills and 3 aces of her own.

The second match had Providence up against Trinity Bible College. Some scrappy play by Trinity made the first set a tight one but the Pilots pulled away in the end and won the set. The second set was much cleaner on the Providence side as they took a two sets to none lead. The Lions from Trinity came back strong in the third and eventually took the third set from Providence. The Pilots rebounded and closed out the match in four sets with a score of 25-21, 25-12, 23-25, 25-21. The freshman from the Pilots again let the way as first years Melora Smoke and Kennedy Koop each had 9 kills while right side Larae Penner had 8 kills.

The second day of action started with Providence matched up with the home team, North Central University. The away team came out with more energy and consistency and made quick work of the Rams. Shayna Staerk again led the way with 13 kills while Brooke Paulsen added 11 kills and 13 digs.

The last match of the tournament, Providence took on Emmaus Bible College from Iowa. Providence was definitely the stronger team on this day and handed the Eagles a quick loss with a score line of 25-20, 25-3, 25-4. Senior Lauren Toews had 10 kills and 8 aces while junior Emily Dirks added 7 kills.

“I was pleased with the effort we put forward this past weekend,” Assistant coach Kyle Guenther said about his teams play. “We were able to make a lot of progress as a team in our practices leading up to this weekend. It showed in our communication and execution throughout the weekend and I am looking forward to more of the same in the coming weeks.”

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