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Pilots Defend Home Court, Struggle on the Road

The Providence Pilots Volleyball teams were in action this past Friday night as they hosted Les Rouges from Saint Boniface University.
Both women’s teams had not lost a match yet this season in MCAC competition. The home team was going to try their best to stay unbeaten against Manitoba opposition in front of another packed gym at Providence. The Pilots took a tight first set which got the crowd involved early. However, Saint Boniface was up to the task in the second set as Les Rouges were able to knot the contest at one set apiece. A motivated Providence team was not about to disappoint the fans on this night as they cruised in the third and fourth sets to take the match three sets to one (25-20, 19-25, 25-18, 25-15). The outside hitters from the Pilots were dominant on this night as Chelsea Needham, a Winnipeg product, led with 12 kills and 3 aces while Jodi Lepp, Rivers Manitoba, added 11 kills and 4 aces.

The men took the court in the late game and took the capacity crowd on a thrilling ride. Providence took the first set from Saint Boniface in convincing fashion. Things wouldn’t be so easy going forward for the Pilots as Les Rouges found their game in the second set and edged Providence to tie the match at a set all. Freshman Greg Dueck from Rosenort had the biggest game of his young season carrying Providence in taking the third set. Again Saint Boniface had an answer and battled to win the fourth. For the second Friday in a row, Providence was the scene to a five set thriller. Momentum swung back and forth in the decider with neither team taking an edge at any point. At 15-14, both teams were caught in a scramble with a few battles at the net which ended with Dueck blocking Saint Boniface tip. The men’s team, just like the women’s prior, stayed unbeaten in MCAC action with a three sets to two victory (25-11, 23-25, 25-23, 20-25, 16-14). Greg Dueck delivered for the Pilots, tallying 13 kills while Connor Wiebe of Niverville pitched in 12 kills of his own.

The Pilots basketball teams were on the road on Friday night as they traveled to Red River College in Winnipeg.
The women took the court as they were looking for their first win of the season in the MCAC. It was looking good early for the Pilots as they had the lead for the majority of the half. Heading into the second half, the Rebels defense put on more of a pressing defense. Providence was able to handle the pressure and maintain a lead throughout the second half. With the Pilots up eight with just over 4 minutes to play, Red River finally found their scoring touch. After scoring on consecutive drives and getting the key stops on defense, the Rebels took the lead that they would not relinquish. The Pilots saw their eight point lead turn into a 61-52 loss. Isabela Selk had a big night with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Providence.

On the men’s side, the Pilots were in tough against MCAC defending champions in the Rebels. The potent offense and tight defense make the matchup against Red River tough for anyone and it wouldn’t prove to be any different on this night. A tight first quarter had the Pilots down just five heading into the second frame. The Rebels stretched the lead to ten at halftime. Providence was able to discover their offense in the third quarter but Red River matched them shot for shot. More of the same in the fourth quarter from both teams and the Rebels closed the game out with an 84-67 victory. Ryan Perpall led his team with 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.


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