Mogg was among two All-Conference setters that were selected last season
The 2-5 Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface men’s volleyball team came back from holiday break with a major challenge on their hands – try to shake off some rust in a home-and-home series against the 6-0 Red River Rebels.
The Voyageurs fell in straight sets in both matches; (25-16, 25-23, 25-20) on the road Friday night, and (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) at home Saturday afternoon.
Despite the painful reality check for the team, there was a bright spot for Voyageur head-coach Guy Bourgeois to look back on.
Third-year setter Robert Mogg made some impressive plays at the net against the first-place Rebels. Beyond some excellent setting, Mogg put up huge blocks against Red River’s often imposing attacks, keeping the games close.
“He’s strong at the net and good in tight spots,” said Bourgeois of the 20-year-old business major student out of La Salle, MB. “He’s been around for three years now, so he’s really starting to understand the game as time goes on.”
Mogg, who was named to the 2010 MCAC All-Conference team as a setter, played his high school ball at Gabrielle-Roy in Lorette, MB.
“(Mogg is) usually blocking against left-side (attackers) and helping out with the middle,” said Bourgeois. “Anytime he can get a big block on the outside it is a plus for sure.”
Although the young Voyageur squad currently sits in third place behind both Red River College and Canadian Mennonite University, Mogg will use his leadership and experience in trying to get his team back to the MCAC Championship Final for a third consecutive year in 2011.
By Darrin Bauming