Reeling after a tough loss to USB on Wednesday night, the Rebels hit the court against a tough opponent in the undefeated Providence Pilots Friday night in Otterburne, MB. The Rebels came out strong and matched the Pilots point for point throughout the first set with some strong offensive work from Kaelyn Laurencelle and Hilaine Loeppky in the middle. Off of some tough serving from the Pilots, the Rebels dropped the first set 25-23. A slow start to the second set put Red River behind the eight ball early, but the girls showed some mental toughness and again, battled Providence in a hostile environment, only to drop the second set 25-19. The Rebels came out flying in the 3rd set, jumping out to leads of 13-8 and 20-16, but again were ousted by the Pilots in a tight 3rd set, 26-24.
Coach MacLennan added “this was probably our best match from start to finish that we have played so far this season. Although we took the loss tonight, we gained some important confidence and proved that we can play with the best in this league. We followed our game plan for the most part and were beaten by a very good team tonight, full credit goes to the players and coaches from Providence College. We will regroup, and prepare once again for a rematch next week in our house with the Pilots. I am proud of the way our team played tonight and am excited about the direction this group is going”.
The Rebels men’s volleyball team faired better, making quick work of the Pilots 3-0 ( (25-20, 25-8, 22-25, 25-18), they are currently in first place with a sparking 7-2 MCAC record.