Pilots Nick Friesen is the MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Jan. 30, 2022

There seemed to be no rust for first place Providence University College (PUC) Pilots as they returned to conference action to start the second half of the 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) men’s volleyball season. Second year middle blocker Nick Friesen was efficient as the Pilots swept the weekend series in the week ending Jan. 30, 2022.

The Mitchell, MB native had quite the weekend with 22 kills (1 error for the entire weekend) while registering 70% hitting efficiency plus four solo blocks and three aces.

The Pilots had a tough battle at Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars. To begin the weekend, Friesen had 11 kills on one error hitting with 67% efficiency and added two aces with two blocks in a thrilling five setter victory on Fri., Jan. 28. He was consistent again with another 11 kills with no errors and 74% hitting efficiency with two blocks and one ace during Saturday ‘s matinee four set road win.

“Nick put up massive numbers for us on the court this weekend but also led the team with energy, leadership and calmness. While only in his second year of eligibility, Nick posses leadership qualities on and off the court far beyond his years, commented PUC’s head coach Cody Quiring. “This weekend was an incredible performance for a middle blocker at any level. His efficiency was off the charts – getting set 30 times in the middle over the course of two matches while hitting only one error with 22 kills on those 30 attempts was a big reason for our weekends results. ACC is a super strong team, and Nick answered the challenge to help put our squad in a place to find success.”

With the weekend results, PUC now leads the MCAC standings with a 9-2 mark as tight battle for top spot continues.

The Business Administration student-athlete at PUC will seek to continue his strong play as the Pilots host third place Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges on Saturday, February 5. First serve schedule for 7:30 p.m. CT.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2021-22 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 12, 2021)

WSOC: Kira Ireson – BU

MSOC: Franck Oumar N’Dia – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 19, 2021)

WSOC: Morgan Pierce – CMU

MSOC: Jai Virk – PUC

Week 3 (ending Sept. 26, 2021)

WSOC: Katie Moniot – USB

MSOC: Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino – CMU

Week 4 (ending Oct. 3, 2021)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Garreth Rayner – PUC

Week 5 (ending Oct. 10, 2021)

WSOC: Paige Heide – PUC

MSOC: Jafet Sandoval – ACC

Week 6 (ending Oct. 17, 2021)

WSOC: Cassie Nazeravich – USB

MSOC: Ryder Anthony – BU

Week 7 (ending Oct. 24, 2021)

WSOC: Makayla Myer – PUC

MSOC: Joel Dueck – PUC

Week 8 (ending Oct. 31, 2021)

WSOC: Mylène Chabot – USB

MSOC: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 9 (ending Nov. 7, 2021)

WVB: Alex Buhler – PUC

MVB: Noah Barcellona – ACC

Week 10 (ending Nov. 14, 2021)

WVB: Halle Meisner – CMU

MBB: Nathan Ens – PUC

Week 11 (ending Nov. 21, 2021)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Tyler Klassen – PUC

Week 12 (ending Nov. 28, 2021)

WBB: Shirliz Apiyo – CMU

MVB: Austin Anderson – PUC

Week 13 (ending Dec. 5, 2021)

WBB: Julia Schatkowsky – CMU

MVB: Carter Beattie – ACC

Week 14 (ending Jan. 30, 2022)

WVB: Maddie Fehr – PUC

MVB: Nick Friesen – PUC