After a disappointing Week 15 that saw them lose ground on first place in women’s volleyball, defending champion Providence have rediscovered their edge in Week 16.
Coming off a loss to the College Wesmen, the Lady Freemen got a four-set win on Jan. 26. Following that up with two straight over CMU, Providence is back on top – leading the conference in points and winning percentage with just a week left in the regular season.
Going from outstanding freshman to a team-leading sophomore, right side Lauren Toews dominated in her team’s Week 16 games. Against the University of Winnipeg, the 5’10” Toews had seven kills, two digs and three blocks. On Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, in two straight set wins over CMU, she was even more dominant – putting up 22 kills and six aces in the two matches.
“Lauren continues to lead our team offensively with her heavy arm swing and aggressive jump serve,” said Providence assistant coach Kyle Guenther. “Lauren was dominate with her attack and went on a few serving runs that really helped us close out the CMU matches in straight sets.”
“She has been such a reliable outlet for us all season as we look to maintain that trend in the coming weeks.”
Providence will look to continue momentum against the red-hot Red River Rebels, who have won all five of their matches since the winter break. Those two teams battle in a weekend series on Feb. 8 and 9.
The 19-year-old Toews is a Miles Macdonell grad, now studying business at Providence.