OTTERBURNE, MB- The Providence Lady Freemen came out on top this weekend in the NCCAA Regional Tournament filled with surprises and upsets.
The weekend began with a close loss to NCU which meant the Lady Freemen would have to play and beat every team in the region to make the finals or face elimination.
Providence was able to make short work of Trinity and Pillsbury Baptist before being matched up with NCU in the semi-finals. This time the Lady Freemen came ready to play and won the match in four sets. The win would take them to the finals against the top team, Faith Baptist. Only Providence had previously been able to beat the number one team and managed to prove they can do it again, beating them in three sets. But because Faith had not yet lost in the tournament they would have to play a double final to claim the Regional title. Despite the exhaustion of playing six straight matches compared to Faith’s three, the Lady Freemen persevered and in the fourth set, Heather Friesen served nine straight points to take the win. Outstanding players for Providence in the double final include Victoria Ryshytylo with 27 kills, 18 digs and 5 stuff blocks, Kate Dirks with 26 digs and Jill Reimer and Jenna Enns combined for 9 stuff blocks.
Jenn Parker, Kate Dirks and Danae Bergen also made the Regional All-star 2nd Team and Victoria Ryshytylo will be representing the Lady Freemen on the Regional All-star 1st team.
The Providence Women’s Volleyball team is set to take off in two weeks for Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska.