With three wins out of four last weekend in Minneapolis, the Providence Pilots women’s volleyball team looks set to continue a tradition of competitiveness that has taken it to a string of national championship tournaments in seasons past.

Kristen Taillon, in her first year with the Pilots, executed 39 kills, 35 digs, and 10 aces between September 7 and 8 and was named Tournament MVP. Providence posted straight-sets wins over Faith Baptist Bible College, Calvary University, and Oak Hills Christian College. They lost 3-1 to host North Central University at the event, which is part of its National Christian College Athletic Association schedule.

“I feel really good about how the weekend went and am feeling very optimistic for the season,” remarked Taillon. “We gelled really quickly as a team and I feel like we’re already comfortable and committed to each other.”

Head coach Kyle Guenther was also pleased with how his players came together as a group, saying, “We are young and a bit inexperienced, which showed throughout the four matches, but overall we played well. For being our first weekend of competition, I am very pleased with how we played.”

In soccer on Saturday, both Pilots teams opened their Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference schedules against the Brandon University Bobcats in Brandon. The Providence women came out with a scoreless draw in the early match while the men were thumped 5-0 later in the afternoon.

“This was a great result for our first MCAC game,” analyzed head coach Tory Walker, who pointed out that he had six first-year players among his starting line-up. “I think we’re only starting to scratch the surface with the potential we have on this team.”

Men’s coach Joey Passi labeled his side’s defeat a “wake-up call,” adding that he was disappointed in his players’ lack of intensity. “Having said that,” he continued, “I’ve had the core of this group for a while and I know we’ll rebound well and learn from the loss.”

The soccer teams will host Red River College and Canadian Mennonite University on Saturday and Sunday, while the men’s volleyball squad will play a series of exhibition matches in Edmonton.

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Friday, February 22nd

CSHL
La Broquerie at Ste. Anne, 8 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 semifinal 2-0)
Grunthal vs Red River @ St. Jean, 8 p.m.
(Red Wings lead series 2-1)

MJHL
Steinbach at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Waywayseecappo at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Portage, 7:30 p.m.
Winkler at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Bruins, 7 p.m.
Southwest vs Yellowhead
@ Souris, 8 p.m.

WHSHL
Platinum Promotions Division
SRSS vs Oak Park
@ Steinbach, 7:15 p.m.
(best of 3 Tier II semifinal tied 1-1)

WHL
Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at Laval, 6:30 p.m.

NHL
Columbus at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.

NBA
San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Washington at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Orlando, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at New York, 6:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Denver at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 21st

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Springfield 4 Mitchell 2
(best of 5 series tied 2-2)

MJHL
Wpg Blues 4 Virden 2

U17 Midget Prep Hockey League
Wpg Monarchs 5 Eastman 1

NHL
San Jose 4 Pittsburgh 0
Washington 3 Toronto 2
New Jersey 4 Ottawa 0
Carolina 4 Florida 3
Minnesota 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
Montreal 5 Philadelphia 1
Tampa Bay 2 Buffalo 1 (SO)
Nashville 2 Los Angeles 1
Dallas 5 St. Louis 2
Edmonton 4 N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)
Arizona 3 Vancouver 2 (OT)

NBA
Philadelphia 106 Miami 102
Cleveland 111 Phoenix 98
Portland 113 Brooklyn 99
Milwaukee 98 Boston 97
Golden State 125 Sacramento 123
L.A. Lakers 111 Houston 106

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