Argo’s men are not in the NAIA’s top 20; Argo’s volleyball season ends

Argo men fail to reach the top 20 on the NAIA mat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has released the first regular season edition of the Top 20 Men’s Wrestling Coaches. Grand View (Iowa) and Life (Ga.) Remain in first and second, respectively, while Indiana Tech and Reinhardt (Ga.) Move into the Top Five.

The University of Providence fell just behind the top 20 teams in the poll, receiving 39 votes. Team # 20, Montana State-Northern, received 45 votes.

The poll was voted on by a panel of head coaches representing each of the eight conferences.

Two days before the national ballot, each qualified group assessor submits the top six individuals in each weight category from their conference into the system. Only wrestlers registered on a conference ballot are taken into consideration for the national ballot.

The top 20 individuals in each weight category are based on how each voter ranks the top individuals. An individual receives 20 points for each vote for first place, 19 for second place, and so on through the list. This same point system is used to determine the ranking of teams.

The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-scoring is considered a low score) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for each ballot.

Individually, MSU-Northern’s Isaac Bartel is the nation’s No. 1 wrestler at 197 pounds.

Joel Avila of Argos was 12th at 133, and Nick Kunz of Northern is 18th in the same weight class.

Also ranked in the national poll are Martin Wilkie of Northern (20th to 141), Chase Short of Northern (7th to 165), Jordan Komac of Argos (12th to 165), Carl Hansen of Lights (10th to 184), Alan of Providence Badley at 184 (13th) and KC Buday of Providence (9th in heavyweight).

Lady Argo volleyball ends historic season

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The most prolific season in program history ended Thursday, as the # 5 University of Providence volleyball team fell to # 4 Park University (22-25, 19 -25, 25-19, 18-25) in the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Volleyball Championship at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

The loss marks the end of a historic season for the Argos, in which the team won their pool at the national championship and played their first quarterfinal game in program history. The team broke the program’s record for single-season wins at 28. Those 28 games include a 21-game winning streak, breaking last year’s record for 20 consecutive wins. Those winning streaks included an unbeaten conference season, with the team winning the Frontier Conference regular season championship and the Frontier Conference tournament championship.

The Argos (28-3) took a quick 4-2 lead in the opening set Thursday night, but the Pirates (33-2) managed six in a row to bring the score to 8-4. The Argos responded with four points to tie the game. Both teams went back and forth for the remainder of the set, eventually settling at 22-all. The Pirates won the next three straight points to win the opening set 25-22.

That momentum continued into the second set, with the Pirates taking an early lead and never looking back, winning the second set 25-19 to take a 2-0 lead.

The Argos settled into their game in the third set, maintaining a small lead for most of the game. With a 20-19 lead, the team scored five straight points to win the third set and extend the game.

The two sides fought fiercely in the fourth set, but a seven-point run by the Pirates that extended the lead to 17-7 crippled the Argos. They made a late push but couldn’t get over the Pirate attack, falling 25-18 and thus ending the team’s historic season.

Sadie Lott led the way for the Argos, posting a record 17 kills while Jenna Thorne added 11. Defensively, the team recorded 26 blocks, led by Lott’s seven and Zoe Naugle’s six. Sacha Legros led the team in the digs, registering 25, while Cydney Finberg-Roberts and Taylor Christensen registered 11 and 10, respectively.

The loss also marks the end of the careers of two Argo legends at Finberg-Roberts and Legros.

Finberg-Roberts ended his career in historic fashion, recording 37 assists to break his own one-season program record for assists in a season, finishing with 1,163 assists this year. She will end her career with 3,617 assists, nearly 1,300 assists in front of the second record holder in the Argo record book.

Legros, who broke the program’s record for career digs in just two and a half seasons earlier this season, finished with 1,995 career digs.

Fry notches whitening as Argos whitens cats on ice

The third-ranked University of Providence hockey team looked like they hadn’t missed a beat after a three-week hiatus, beating Montana State No.8 3-0 on Friday night at the Great Falls Ice Plex.

Cooper Page started early for the Argos (6-2), finding the back of the net in the first period thanks to an assist from Levi Anderson. Maintaining a one-goal lead after the first break, the Argos survived a sloppy play in the second, with goaltender Jacob Fry making several clutch saves to preserve the Argo lead.

Ty Alger gave the Argos a two-goal cushion, passing Bobcats goalie Josh Hubert eight minutes into the third period. Algiers struck again with three minutes remaining to consolidate the Argos’ victory.

Algiers recorded an assist in addition to the two goals he scored for the team. Cooper Page led the team with two assists on the evening. Anderson, Leo Felt, Gabe Kwiatkowski and Jakob Stevenson all registered an assist for the team. Fry got the shutout for the Argos, recording 41 saves on the game.

The team will play one last game before the Christmas holidays; the team will travel to Bozeman on Sunday, December 5 for a rematch against the Bobcats. The puck will fall at 7:00 p.m.

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