HELENA — For the first time in nearly 450 days, the University of Providence Argos volleyball team took the court in a regular-season Frontier Conference matchup and picked up their first win of the season over the Carroll College Fighting Saints, 3-1, on Friday.
The lengthy layoff was the result of the Frontier Conference delaying the fall sports schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday's first set was in favor of the Argos for the vast majority, as they jumped out to a 9-3 lead. That lead would hold through the set as the closest the Saints got was still a deficit of three points, as the Argos rattled off a first-set win of 25-17.
The second set was much less clear cut, as the Saints were able to pull out their first set victory of the season, 25-23. The two teams tangoed their way up the leaderboard for most of the set as the largest lead of the set was a mere four points, as the Saints tied the match up.
Ali Williams and Taelyr Krantz led the Saints with 10 kills each, while Kylie Kackman added 18 assists.
The third set was a similar story, but it was the Argos who pulled ahead in the match by a score of 2-1 after notching a third-set victory, 25-23.
Sadie Lott had a match-high 15 kills, while Ember Schwindt added 13 to the Argos' total. Cydney Finberg-Roberts was the top helper for the Argos with 49 assists.
The fourth set was handled by the Argos decisively as they continuously chipped away at the 25-point score limit to down the Saints in the fourth and final set, 25-14.
The Fighting Saints and the Argos are set to square off once again on Saturday at 1 p.m.