(Argo Athletics Media Release)
GREAT FALLS -- The University of Providence women's volleyball team overcame a slow start to defeat Montana State University–Northern in four sets Thursday, 21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-12.
Playing without their kill-leader Kelsey Shaver, who was out with a back injury, the Argos adjusted with an entirely new lineup. Though they dropped the first set, head coach Arunas Duda stuck with the adjustments.
"It was a brand new lineup, so I wanted to give them time to work through some things," he said. "It took time to gel. The more we did, I thought they turned it on pretty well."
Tyna William led the Argos with 18 kills. Adysen Burns and Averi Dyer had 10 and eight kills, respectively. Cydney-Finberg Roberts recorded 45 assists, while Sacha Legros led the Argos with 42 digs. Burns also had 22 digs, while Dyer had 13.
"We wanted to get our middles involved," Duda said. "When we set Tyna high enough, she reaches over the top of the block really well. It was one of those things where it worked early and we just kept trying to push it."
"Sacha, in her first game as a libero, did an excellent job," Duda continued. "I also want to credit Averi for stepping into a role that she hasn't done all season as a hitter. I thought she stepped up and did a really nice job as well. (Finberg-Roberts) distributed the (ball) well. Everybody got on the board and everyone got going."
The Argos have a very critical match on Saturday, when they face their rival Carroll College, which is in the midst of a six-game winning streak.
"We know they're going to be a very good opponent coming in, and we know that we have to be better than we were (Thursday)," Duda said. "They're going to bring a lot of energy and we just have to match that and outlast them."