Les Rouges Valeria Gonzalez is the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 13, 2022

The top team so far in the 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s volleyball season clinched first place with another impressive weekend sweep. Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges continued their winning ways and was led by the stellar performance of first year left side Valeria Gonzalez in the week ending Feb. 13, 2022.

The Winnipeg native could not be stopped on both offence and defence as she registered 20 kills, 20 digs plus added 16 aces with an 2.24 serve receive average in the two home match wins versus Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars on Feb. 11-12.

With the sweep, Les Rouges has clinched first place in the MCAC standings with a 12-2 record with two weekends left in the regular season play. USB is now on a three game winning streak.

“Val has adapted well in her first year in the MCAC. Her overall skill on both sides of the ball make her an asset in all facets of the game,” stated USB’s head coach Evan Turenne. “She is an aggressive attacker and this past weekend she showed great versatility by scoring in numerous ways. She is a threat from the service line, a consistent passer and defends really well. Her positive energy is contagious and she demonstrates a real love for the game.”

The University One student-athlete at USB continues her rookie campaign as Les Rouges host second place Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Saturday, February 19 at 6 p.m. 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 Barcellona – ACC

Week 10 (ending Nov. 14, 2021)

WVB: Halle Meisner – CMU

MBB: Nathan Ens – PUC

Week 11 (ending Nov. 21, 2021)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Tyler Klassen – PUC

Week 12 (ending Nov. 28, 2021)

WBB: Shirliz Apiyo – CMU

MVB: Austin Anderson – PUC

Week 13 (ending Dec. 5, 2021)

WBB: Julia Schatkowsky – CMU

MVB: Carter Beattie – ACC

Week 14 (ending Jan. 30, 2022)

WVB: Maddie Fehr – PUC

MVB: Nick Friesen – PUC

Week 15 (ending Feb. 6, 2022)

WFUT: Tiegan Kroeker – CMU

MBB: Joshua Armstrong – PUC

Week 16 (ending Feb. 13, 2022)

WVB: Valeria Gonzalez – USB

MVB: Timothy Juvonen – CMU