Pilots Alex Buhler is the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 7, 2021

In the second week of the 2021 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s volleyball season, there were several strong performances throughout the conference and second year middle Alex Buhler was a force on offence and defence for the Providence University College (PUC) Pilots for the week ending Nov. 7, 2021.

The Pilots played two tough home matches against long-time rival Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers. Buhler added a balanced attack with 15 kills, 13 blocks and four aces from the middle position.

The Steinbach, MB native started the weekend with four kills, six blocks and two aces in a four set loss to CMU on Fri., Nov. 5. Buhler was a big reason the Pilots rebounded and prevailed in a five set marathon on Sat., Nov. 6 as she notched 11 kills, seven blocks and two more aces for their second match victory of the young season.

“Volleyball is very much a team game but the way Alex took over the second half of the match on Saturday against CMU was incredible to watch. Her dominance at the net was on full display,” commented PUC’s Head Coach Kyle Guenther. “It seemed like every time she was set, she put the ball away. On top of that, Alex’s block came up huge as we were able to secure the tight five setter.”

The General Studies student-athlete at PUC looks to build on this weekend as the Pilots (2-1) host Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges (3-0) in a battle of the top two MCAC teams on Saturday, November 13 at 12 p.m. (noon) CT.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2021-22 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 12, 2021)

WSOC: Kira Ireson – BU

MSOC: Franck Oumar N’Dia – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 19, 2021)

WSOC: Morgan Pierce – CMU

MSOC: Jai Virk – PUC

Week 3 (ending Sept. 26, 2021)

WSOC: Katie Moniot – USB

MSOC: Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino – CMU

Week 4 (ending Oct. 3, 2021)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Garreth Rayner – PUC

Week 5 (ending Oct. 10, 2021)

WSOC: Paige Heide – PUC

MSOC: Jafet Sandoval – ACC

Week 6 (ending Oct. 17, 2021)

WSOC: Cassie Nazeravich – USB

MSOC: Ryder Anthony – BU

Week 7 (ending Oct. 24, 2021)

WSOC: Makayla Myer – PUC

MSOC: Joel Dueck – PUC

Week 8 (ending Oct. 31, 2021)

WSOC: Mylène Chabot – USB

MSOC: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 9 (ending Nov 7, 2021)

WVB: Alex Buhler – PUC

MVB: Noah Barcelona – ACC