PBI Pilots Volleyball off to a strong start

The Prairie Bible Institute Pilots kicked off Alberta Colleges Athletics League (ACAL) play with a pair of home volleyball games September 30 against the Olds College Broncos. The women, up first, were in tough against a seasoned Olds Broncos team. The Pilots stormed ahead, taking a 13-2 lead that signalled a wake up call for the Broncos who rallied to narrowly take the first set set. The Broncos continued to roll, taking the match in straight sets. The first game was a growing experience for the women's team who have eight new players that have only been together for a few weeks. The men's team was up next, and the squad featuring several new recruits beat the Broncos in three straight sets. The Rick Down Athletic Centre was buzzing and the players appreciated the enthusiastic crowd that was into the matches from the outset.
Friday afternoon, both the men's and women's volleyball teams boarded a bus for Lac La Biche, AB, where the Portage College Voyageurs played host to the Pilots. The five-hour trip north was good for team spirits and helped prepare the team for the two-day set of games that saw the teams play each other twice. The Pilots showcased strong play right from the beginning and controlled each game, sweeping the weekend set 4-0. Player of the game awards went to Pilots players Payden Miller (power), Michelle Brule (setter), Tarek Williams (power) and Jeremy Frenette (middle).
After a tough rebuilding season last year where there were more losses than wins, the Pilots are thrilled to start the season with some positive momentum. Dennis Landon, 2nd year head coach for the men's team says "it was tough last year, where the men were winless in season play, so starting the season with three victories is encouraging and confirms the direction of the program and commitment from the school and the players".
Randy Stewart, Pilot's Athletics Director says "it is important, whether win or lose, that we represent Prairie well. We are not playing for ourselves, but fully understand that our attitudes and play reflect Jesus Christ to the other teams, players and communities that we interact with".
The Pilots face the Canadian University College Aurora in Three Hills Wednesday, October 13. The women play at 6:30 pm, followed by the men's teams at 8:00pm. Come join us in the Rick Down Athletics Centre and cheer on your home team. Admission is free.