With a straight-sets win over the Red River College Rebels on February 8, the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team assured themselves of at least a second-place finish in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference regular season standings.

Matt Friesen executed 18 kills in the 3-0 win in Winnipeg, and Lucas Pappel contributed 46 assists and 4 blocks. The Pilots are now just two points back of the first-place Canadian Mennonite University Blazers, the team they’ll host on Friday in their final match before the playoffs later this month.

“We played well enough to win this match, but I don’t think we were pleased with our quality of play for this point in the season,” analyzed head coach Scott Masterson, who is looking to guide the Providence men back to the championship they last won in 2016. “We have a huge game coming up this Friday against CMU, and we’re looking forward to recognizing our graduating players.”

The Pilots women will also honour their graduating student-athletes in Otterburne on Friday, and although they lost 3-2 to the Rebels last week they remain two points clear of the second-place Blazers. Shayna Staerk put down 20 kills and made 17 digs in the defeat while LaDawn Friesen added 11 kills and 11 digs.

In futsal, the women’s squad opened last weekend with a 6-2 home defeat to CMU on Friday before rebounding with an important 4-2 victory over Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface on Saturday. The men, meanwhile, played to an entertaining 5-5 draw with the Blazers but were blown out 11-3 by Les Rouges.

“We had a tough weekend where we fought the top teams in our divisions,” remarked women’s head coach Tory Walker. “We will continue to show the MCAC just what time of teams we truly are.”

Next up for the futsal sides is a March 3 doubleheader at home to the Brandon University Bobcats and Assiniboine Community College Cougars.

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Saturday, October 20th

CFL
Toronto 26 Montreal 22
Saskatchewan 29 Calgary 24

Manitoba Minor Football Association
Cruncher Playoffs
Eastman (Black) 25 St. James (Silver) 0
Eastman (Teal) 36 St. James (Black) 6

MJHL
Steinbach 6 OCN 0
Selkirk 5 Neepawa 4 (OT)
Swan Valley 7 Wpg Blues 1
Dauphin 1 Waywayseecappo 0

HTJHL
Lorette 3 Springfield 2

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Yellowhead 5 Eastman 2
Southwest 6 Norman 3
Parkland 3 Interlake 2 (OT)
Wpg Wild 7 Kenora 2
Wpg Thrashers 4 Brandon 2
Wpg Bruins 3 Central Plains 1

MFMHL
Eastman 3 Central Plains 1

AAA U17 Midget Prep League
Wpg Monarchs 2 Eastman 1

WHL
Calgary 4 Brandon 3 (OT)

NHL
Winnipeg 5 Arizona 3
Colorado 3 Carolina 1
Philadelphia 5 New Jersey 2
Buffalo 5 Los Angeles 1
Ottawa 4 Montreal 3
Detroit 4 Florida 3 (OT)
St. Louis 4 Toronto 1
Chicago 4 Columbus 1
Minnesota 5 Tampa Bay 4 (OT)
Vegas 3 Anaheim 1 
Nashville 3 Edmonton 0
Vancouver 2 Boston 1 
San Jose 4 N.Y. Islanders 1 

Major League Baseball
National League
Championship Series
Los Angeles 5 Milwaukee 1
(Dodgers win best of 7 series 4-3)

NBA
Toronto 117 Washington 113
Indiana 132 Brooklyn 112
Boston 103 New York 101
Philadelphia 116 Orlando 115
Detroit 118 Chicago 116
Charlotte 113 Miami 112
Dallas 140 Minnesota 136
Denver 119 Phoenix 91 
Portland 121 San Antonio 108 
Houston 124 L.A. Lakers 115

Sunday, October 21st

MJHL
OCN at Steinbach, 7 p.m.
Portage at Virden, 6:30 p.m.
Wpg Blues at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
St. Malo vs Lundar
@ Warren, 6:30 p.m.

MFMHL
Eastman at Wpg Avros, 1 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Kenora vs Yellowhead, 12 p.m.
Parkland vs Norman, 1:15 p.m.
Brandon vs Wpg Bruins, 2:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Interlake 2:45 p.m.
Southwest at Wpg Wild, 12:15 p.m.

AAA U17 Midget Prep League
Eastman vs Brandon
@ Steinbach, 1 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba vs San Antonio
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

NHL
Calgary at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Chicago, 6 p.m.
Buffalo at Anaheim, 7 p.m.

NFL
Tennessee at L.A. Chargers, 8:30 a.m.
Carolina at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Minnesota at N.Y. Jets, 12 p.m.
Buffalo at Indianapolis, 12 p.m.
New England at Chicago, 12 p.m.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 12 p.m.
Houston at Jacksonville, 12 p.m.
Detroit at Miami, 12 p.m.
New Orleans at Baltimore, 3:05 p.m.
Dallas at Washington, 3:25 p.m.
L.A. Rams at San Francisco, 3:25 p.m.
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 7:20 p.m.

NBA
Atlanta at Cleveland, 5 p.m.
Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
Golden State at Denver, 7 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Clippers, 8 p.m.

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