Weekend Preview (Dec. 3-5) – 2021-22 MCAC Basketball/Volleyball

There is only one week left before the holiday break as there has been highly competitive games throughout the 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) basketball and volleyball regular season play. This is the fifth week for basketball games while week six for volleyball matches.

Women’s basketball:

Dec. 3: Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges at Providence University College (PUC) Pilots – 6 pm CT start

The Pilots begin the weekend at home as they host Les Rouges. This a rematch as PUC won the first two meetings between the two clubs on Nov. 12-13 during a home-and-home series. USB seeks their first league win of the season as they are coming off a bye from last week.

Dec. 4: PUC Pilots at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers – 6 pm CT start

Both teams played a weekend series in week four with the Blazers sweeping both games. The Pilots will be completing four consecutive games over the last two weeks and would like to end CMU’s perfect season of 6-0 heading into the holidays. CMU’s fourth year guard Shirliz Apiyo was also named MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 28, 2021.

Men’s basketball:

Dec. 3: USB Les Rouges at PUC Pilots – 8 pm CT start

The Pilots hold a 2-3 conference record and defeated Les Rouges twice earlier in week two. USB looks for their first league win of the season after a bye from last week. It could be a high scoring affair as MCAC second leading scorer Bryant Smith from PUC has scored at a 18.2 points per game clip while Daniel Conway is third in league scoring at 18.0 ppg.

Dec. 4: PUC Pilots at CMU Blazers – 8 pm CT start

These two teams played a very competitive weekend series in week four. The Pilots will be finishing four straight games over the last two weeks and would like to halt CMU’s perfect season of 6-0 heading into the holidays. CMU’s Isaiah Cole is top in MCAC scoring with a 20.2 ppg. average.

Women’s volleyball:

Dec. 3: PUC Pilots at CMU Blazers – 6 pm CT start

A battle for second place. CMU is in second with a 5-3 record while PUC at 4-4. The Blazers are on a two match win streak and seek their second home win of the season. The Pilots want to stop a two match loss streak and seek their second road win of the season. Both teams split their first matches against each other in week two.

Dec. 4 Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars at USB Les Rouges – 12 pm CT start

An afternoon matinee completes the first half of volleyball. Les Rouges continues to lead the MCAC standings with a 7-1 mark and on a three match streak while the Cougars have battled hard and look to upset for their first win of the season. USB’s middle Bendu Dukuly was also selected as Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 28, 2021.

Men’s volleyball:

Dec. 3: PUC Pilots at CMU Blazers – 7:30 pm CT start

This match features the top two conference teams in the standings and hottest teams as well. PUC continues to roll as they hold top spot with a 7-1 record and also enter this match on a four match win streak. CMU is in second place with a 5-3 mark and have a three match win streak into this match. The Pilots won both matches earlier at home against the Blazers. PUC’s third year left side Austin Anderson was highlighted as the MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 28, 2021.

Dec. 4 ACC Cougars at USB Les Rouges – 1:30 pm CT start

Both ACC and USB hold a 2-6 record and one of the teams will snap their losing streak entering this afternoon contest. The Cougars swept Les Rouges in two games at home in week two while USB seek their second home victory and first against ACC this year. Expect a close battle to complete the first half of the 2021-22 regular season.