The MCAC Womens Volleyball season came to an end recently, and the final featured another tight matchup of the #1 ranked U of W Collegiate Wesmen vs the #2 ranked Providence Pilots. These two teams have faced off numerous times in the final over the past 5 years, with each school trading championships. The league championship had some added drama to it this year, as Scott Masterson, the head coach of the Providence Pilots would be coaching his last match on the women's side, before transferring over to coach the men's team next season. With his players invested, and dedicated to achieving greatness one last time, the Pilots took the floor in front of a raucous home crowd, and certainly helped each and every fan get their money's worth. The match saw the U of W Collegiate Wesmen take a 2-0 lead heading into the 3rd, and potentially final set of the season. Over the course of the season, the Pilots adopted the theme of 'determination', and were able to focus that energy into several different areas over the year. LaRae Penner, a former SHOCK 17u and 18u athlete, described that this theme of determination had spread to "everything from being determined to never let the ball hit the floor, being determined to work as a team, being determined to give our best effort all the time, and work hard at each and every single practice". LaRae knew that the possibility of this 3rd set also being her last; as she is set to move on to a new chapter of her life as well, meant that this was the time to put the words down, and speak with actions. Shayna Staerk, MCAC Championship MVP, outlined her efforts in the match, "I think I contributed all that I could to the match. I tried to play my best for the team, and I tried my best to be reliable when the ball was in my hands". Providence College came back to win the 3rd and 4th sets, setting up an exciting 5th set finale. In the end, Providence prevailed to win their first MCAC title since the 2013-2014 season when SHOCK coach Chelsea Needham was leading the Pilots. Another great season for the Pilots, and we would like to wish both Scott and LaRae the best of luck in their next endeavours, and look forward to another exciting MCAC season next year.
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