(Argo Athletics Media Release)
GREAT FALLS -- The University of Providence women's volleyball team won an absolute thriller on senior day, defeating Carroll College 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11.
The Argos (7-3, 19-6) needed a win to create some distance in a crowded race atop the Frontier Conference standings. Playing without star outside hitter Kelsey Shaver, who was out with an injury, the team rallied together and played inspiring defense to defeat a solid Fighting Saints team.
"Man that was exciting," head coach Arunas Duda said. "It's senior night so you know there's a lot of emotions flying high. I'm just really pleased and so proud of these girls for fighting through some adversity and being able to pull one out tonight."
Jensyn Turner led the Argos with 22 kills, followed byAdysen Burns (12) and Ember Schwindt (10). Cydney Finberg-Roberts filled the stat sheet, recording 52 assists, 11 digs and contributing four kills. The Argos played solid defensively, led by 40 digs from Sacha Legros, 23 from Averi Dyer and 19 from Burns. Dyer, who normally plays libero, played outside hitter today and recorded 6 digs on top of her steller defensive performance.
"We have a lot of really nice pieces," Duda said. "When one of your stars goes down, everyone else steps up and that's what happened tonight. I'm just really proud of how everyone stepped up tonight."
Lexi Mikkelsen recorded 11 kills for the Saints. Ali Williams recorded 39 assists, and Madi Quick led the team with 20 digs.
Before the game, the Argos coaching staff honored the three seniors: Averi Dyer, Kelsey Shaver, and Tyna William.
"It certainly was an emotional night," Duda said. "These seniors mean so much to our program. They've really elevated us the moment they stepped in the gym on their recruiting trips. They've really done a lot for us. I'm so proud of these three. I can't imagine life without them at this point because they've given us so much. I'm just really proud of this group."
Though this was senior night, this wasn't the final game that the trio will play in the McLaughlin Center. The University of Providence will host the Frontier Conference Tournament on November 15 and November 16. They have two more away regular season games before then, with a match against Montana Western on Nov. 7 next on the schedule.