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Blazers Bump Providence On Home Court

It was a good evening last Friday night for Blazers fans when the CMU men’s volleyball team faced the Providence University College Freemen for the first time this season. The two teams have a long-standing rivalry that fuels every one of their encounters. After playing two very tight sets, the Blazers added a third and won the match with a clean sweep (27-25, 25-23, 25-15), a fine way to open the season rivalry.

The first set proved to be a stunning come from behind win for CMU, who found themselves trailing 24-19 until first-year setter, Thomas Friesen came to the service line. The product of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate served five consecutive points, leaving to capture momentum and the opening set. Friesen’s spectacular play from the service line was followed by several crushing Blazer offensive attacks which clinched the set 27-25.

The second set picked up right where the first set had left off, with very even play. The Blazers narrowly edged Providence out of the second set with 25-23 win. Up two sets to none, the Blazers took control of the match and built a quick lead into the third set. The Freemen were not able to recover and dropped the third set 25-15 to the Blazers.

Notables on the CMU stat sheet included the high-flying MCI alumnus, Kieran Enns, with 12 kills; Shawn Franz with 7 kills and Paul Hildebrand, a first-year power hitter, who like Friesen, comes from WMC, with 6 kills. The CMU men’s team is back in action on home court tonight to face the first-place Red River Rebels at 8 PM.

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