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Martens Gives Performance To Be Thankful For

Heidi Martens provides strong play as Lady Freemen win 2 of 3 in weekend match-ups

Freshman Heidi Martens led Providence with 11 kills against NCU

Coming off a disappointing three set loss to CMU, the Lady Freemen Volleyball team entered Thanksgiving weekend with something to prove to both themselves and their opponents. After leaving the weekend winning two of three games, including one in a dominant fashion, the team was able to do just that.

The Lady Freemen started their weekend with a Friday night game against Oak Hills. The women went in expecting to be the stronger squad, but did much more than that as they powered through three straight set victories 25-5, 25-17, and 25-8. The dominant performance was exactly what the ladies needed to get their weekend started strong.

Providence then faced North Central University Saturday morning in an NCCAA regional match-up. The ladies got off to a slow start as they fell behind early by losing tight sets 23-25 and 21-25. However, the Lady Freemen started to gel as a unit on the court after the second set and struck back by winning two consecutive sets 25-14 to regain the game’s momentum. The two teams then fought a hard fifth set that required extra points to see a winner, but it was the Lady Freemen who were able to find the finishing touch first as they walked away with a 17-15 final set victory. The victory left Lady Freemen Coach Heidebrecht impressed with her team’s ability to fight for a come-from-behind victory.

“It was great to see the girls come back against NCU after suffering disappointing losses in the first two sets,” Coach Heidebrecht said. “Everyone worked hard to push back to get the victory. It was a solid team effort that was propelled by great play from the freshmen with Marianne Signer’s great defense and Heidi Martens’ team leading 11 kills.”

The ladies then finished off the weekend with a match-up against the Eagles from Faith Baptist Bible College. However, the girls were not able to respond to the competition after a tough five-set match against NCU. The Eagles came out and took three straight sets 25-15, 25-23, and 25-14 from the Lady Freemen, and handed Providence their first loss of the weekend.

The weekend leaves the Lady Freemen squad with an overall season record of 6-5. They will now return home and prepare to host Dakota College from Bottineau, ND on Thursday evening at 7 pm.

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