It might have been against the conference’s least successful women’s volleyball team from St. Boniface, but Red River’s head coach Warren Giles was more than simply pleased with the play of his second-year left-side Carley Dupuis.
“It was probably her best game of the year,” said Giles of the 20-year-old graphic design student out of Dakota Collegiate.
“She’s always a very good passer – but attacking against St. Boniface she hit really great shots and didn’t make any errors. She literally didn’t make a single hitting error in two (matches).”
Her elevated play comes as no surprise to those familiar with MCAC volleyball, as she was among only six players selected as All-Conference in 2009-10 – an elite honour for a rookie.
Dupuis and the Rebels took the home-and-home weekend series against Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface in six straight sets; (25-23, 25-19, 25-12) on Friday night at Red River, and (25-17, 25-20, 25-15) Saturday afternoon at le Collège.
Despite the winless record of the Voyageurs (0-8) heading into the series against the 4-2 Rebels, Giles stressed getting the fundamentals right in the two matches.
“They’re a very scrappy team,” said Giles. “They throw a lot of things at you, so they’re tough to prepare for. When they serve, you need to be ready for anything to happen.”
Red River currently sits in second place in the MCAC behind the undefeated powerhouse Canadian Mennonite University Blazers. The Rebels will host the 2011 MCAC Final 4 Volleyball Championships on March 4 and 5.
By Darrin Bauming