MCAC Men’s Volleyball Semi-Finals
The Pilots will look to repeat as MCAC champions after beating the top-ranked blazers 3-1 in last season’s final. The Blazers will look to carry their recent momentum into championship weekend to change the script and take down the top-ranked Pilots this year.
#1 PUC Pilots vs #4 USB Les Rouges
MCAC coach of the year Scott Masterson’s Providence University College Pilots enter championship weekend with a 17-3 record, which included an impressive 12 game winning streak.
Left side Jonas Friesen and middle Willie Goossen represent the Pilots on the MCAC all-conference team and have been major keys to the team’s success. Friesen leads the league with 94 digs and also ranks fourth with 186 kills. Goossen makes his presence felt on the defensive side of the court, cracking the top five with 45 total blocks this season. Setter Adrian Kalyniuk leads the MCAC with 698 assists and should play a big role this weekend in setting up his teammates for points.
Univiersité de Saint-Boniface enters as the fourth seed this weekend with a 7-13 record. The Les Rouges will look for their first win over the Pilots this season, with PUC sweeping the season series 5-0. In their five matchups this season, the Pilots have won 15 sets to the Les Rouges 3.
#2 CMU Blazers vs #3 ACC Cougars
The host Canadian Mennonite University Blazers finished regular season play with a 17-3 record but are ranked second due to losing the tiebreaker to Providence.
The Blazers are stacked at the left side position with Carter Hofer and Cameron Gayleard representing CMU on the MCAC all-conference team. Hofer leads the league with 50 aces, ranks third with 201 kills and has shown his defensive talents with 82 digs this season. Makoy Penner will be another CMU player to watch this weekend. He ranks third in attacking percentage at 36.30 and has used his height at the net this season for a total of 57 blocks — ranking second in the league.
Assiniboine Community College sits at a 9-11 record but has the talent to force an upset and make a championship run.
MCAC MVP Paycen Warkentin leads the Cougars attack with 212 kills, a 34.46 attacking percentage and 28 aces this season. Warkentin is also one of the league’s better defenders and ranks first with 67 total blocks. Although they have the league MVP, it’s actually Warkentin’s all-conference teammate, Braden Campbell, who leads the MCAC with 223 kills.
The Cougars will need the best from their stars in their semi-final match after losing all five games to the Blazers this season. CMU holds a 15-1 set advantage in those games.
MCAC Women’s Volleyball Preview
There will be a new MCAC women’s volleyball champion this year after the Red River College Rebels finished with a 3-17 record, failing to qualify for the playoffs. The host CMU Blazers will look to win the league title after falling to the Rebels in five sets last season.
#1 USB Les Rouges vs #4 ACC Cougars
The Les Rouges led the MCAC standings all season long and sit in first place with a 17-3 record.
Led by league MVP Zoé Savoie’s 251 kills and 261 digs, the Les Rouges, led by MCAC coach of the year Evan Turenne, will look to continue their dominance during championship weekend. Brielle Grenier will also be a player to watch this weekend, her league best 31.83 attacking percentage and 53 blocks earned her an all-conference team nod. Setter Samuelle Lemoine leads the MCAC with 663 assists and should be adding to that total this weekend.
The Cougars enter championship weekend on a four-game losing streak and an 8-12 record. However, left side Samantha Love leads the team with 231 kills and a 25.66 hitting percentage — earning her a spot on the all-conference team. Trinity Billaney is also a key player for the Cougars, leading the team with 380 assists this season.
ACC will need all hands-on deck to win their first game against USB this season, losing all five games this season. The Les Rouges have 15 set wins to the Cougars three in those matchups.
#2 CMU Blazers vs #3 PUC Pilots
The Blazers enter play on an 11-game winning streak and a 14-6 record — ranking second in the league. They’ll have home court advantage as they try and win a banner after losing in the finals last year.
CMU is led by their all-conference left side, Jana Klassen’s 275 kills. Setter Renee Desroches has been passing consistently all season long, ranking third with 517 assists this season. Chloe Friesen has also been a difference maker for the surging Blazers this year, serving up 44 aces during the regular season.
The Pilots enter the playoff field with an 8-12 record and will need a big performance from their all-conference outside hitter, Maddie Fehr. She leads the MCAC with 291 kills, is attacking at 25.14 per cent and has shown defensive brilliance with 233 digs. Carsyn Peters has been one of the best setters in the league this season, setting up 595 kills this year. The Pilots have a strong presence at the net as well, and Alex Buhler leads the playoff field with 70 total blocks.
The Blazers won the season series four games to one, but the last two matchups were five-set thrillers. Look for another exciting CMU and PUC battle as they fight for a sport in this year’s championship game.