Blazers Burn Bright Against Top Ontario Teams

Tournament all-star selection Kathleen Vitt sets up a Blazer attack

A new challenge resulted in a positive outcome and experience for the Canadian Mennonite University women’s volleyball team this past weekend when they travelled to southern Ontario to play in the prestigious Adidas Cup Challenge at Durham College in Oshawa. Undefeated in MCAC play (8-0), the talented Blazers were fully aware that the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association – the largest intercollegiate conference in Canada – would pose a challenge unlike any they have faced yet.
With two consecutive Adidas Cup titles to their merit, the Humber College Hawks breezed through pool play with a record of 5-0. Boasting an enrollment of over 21,000 students, the Toronto-based college is currently ranked #5 in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association.

On the opposite side of the draw, CMU had a nice run of their own. The Blazers finished pool play with a record of 3-1-1, winning matches against Canadore College (North Bay), St. Clair College (Windsor), and host Durham College, while splitting sets with Georgian College (Barrie) and losing to the CCAA’s #12 ranked Mohawk College Mountaineers (Hamilton). This left the Blazers in second place in their group behind Mohawk, and gave them a semifinal berth against mighty Humber.
The Blazers jumped out quick, shocking the Hawks in the first set 25-18. But Ontario’s top team showed why they are among the nation’s elite, and battled back to take the next three sets; 25-14, 25-14, 25-16. Humber would go on to defeat Mohawk in straight sets to win their third-consecutive Adidas Cup.

CMU’s third-year setter Kathleen Vitt was selected a tournament all-star.

In the first half of the season, the Blazers displayed their ability to compete with the country’s best college squads by capturing the 2010 Western Canadian Volleyball Championship in November at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. The SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon hosted 24 college teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba November 27 and 28.

By Russell Willms

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