Providence University College defeats Assiniboine Community College 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-22)
All-Conference left side and 2nd year PUC Pilot Greg Dueck might want to consider coaching one day. When asked about the semi-final match after a commanding 3-0 win for his Pilots, Dueck’s answer was as objective and mature as you can find.
“I think it’s never as easy as it looks, and we definitely didn’t look forward to the Finals today. Just because we’re (ranked) in first place and they were in fourth, doesn’t mean anything. Once the regular season is over your record means nothing. Everything is new coming into this, everyone has a shot”.
That insight from Dueck also paints a picture of what his team’s calm and methodical approach looked like on saturday, as they gobbled up serves and hammered front row attacks in three sets that appeared to belong to them, and only them.
“(ACC) has scrappy defence usually, so we prepped by keeping the ball going at all times. We have a good attack which means they might get it up…being able to recycle balls and keep getting hits”.
Dueck and PUC setter Lucas Pappel were both named to the 2016 All-Conference Team but the former gave props to other teammates on today’s win.
“Our right side Sam (Toews) played amazing and same with our other left side, Eric (Wiebe), they both had really good games. Both of our middles played better than usual. We had a really good attacking game today”.
Toews was named Player of the Game while Wiebe was named the 2016 season’s Most Valuable Player.
Though they looked outmatched today, the Cougars will return a plethora of their talent who head coach Joel Small has been extremely pleased with. Besides their Player of the Game, Logan Jones, none of the Cougars have seen more than 2 years of eligibility in the MCAC.
Just like tomorrow’s women’s Final, the Pilots will have a rematch of last year when they face Red River College at 3:00 pm for the MCAC crown.