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Jeff TullyProvidence High boys’ volleyball Coach Andrew...

Jeff Tully

Providence High boys’ volleyball Coach Andrew Bencze was a little

more frazzled than usual on the first day of his own 10th annual

Providence Tournament.

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Along with keeping the participating teams and coaches happy,

coordinating the officiating and trying to get his team prepared for

its match Wednesday, the coach also had to deal with a scheduling

problem posed by the Pioneers’ opening opponent -- L.A. Ribet

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Academy.

Ribet left school and rushed to Providence for its scheduled

contest. However, the Fighting Frogs informed Bencze they had to be

back at school as soon as possible to attend a science fair.

Providence saw to it Ribet was back at school promptly, as the

Pioneers took just 24 minutes to dispose of the Fighting Frogs, 15-3,

15-9, in the best-two-of-three match.

However, things went bad for the Pioneers on Thursday, as they

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fell in a quarterfinal match to Santa Clarita Christian, 15-8, 17-15.

“I felt that not only was I coaching against Ribet for the win,

but I was also coaching against the clock, so they could make it back

for their science fair,” said Bencze, whose team is 2-2. “It was kind

of crazy. But I guess we did our part and they probably got back in

time.”

Although Bencze said it is nice to get a victory in the first

match of his own tournament, he wasn’t impressed with the way his

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Pioneers played against the obviously outmatched Ribet.

“It’s early in the season and we still have a lot to learn if we

want to improve,” Bencze said. “We have a young team and things will

get better for us as time goes on.”

In both games, the Pioneers fell behind early and Ribet (0-1) took

advantage of Providence’s mistakes.

What helped Providence pull out of its early funk in both games

was its 17 team aces.

Pioneer Ian Breckenridge- Jackson contributed seven kills and

Tommy Boucher had 11 assists.


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