In front of a packed house at the Assiniboine Community College Victoria Campus in Brandon, MB, the 2022 MCAC Volleyball Championship began with both semi final matches on Saturday, March 5.
The top seeded USB Les Rouges advanced to the championship final with a three setter win while CMU Blazers set-up a 2020 championship final rematch when they upset the higher seed in semi final match two.
Both teams will meet in the championship final on Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. CT.
#1 USB Les Rouges vs. #4 ACC Cougars
The #1 seed Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges (14-2 regular season record) beat the #4 seed Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars by a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-22) result to start the day.
Les Rouges showed why they are the top seed as they jumped out to a quick one set lead and continued to roll in set two before the hosts responded with a gutsy third set and almost pushed the matched to a fourth.
For Les Rouges, Sophie Morrice had eight kills while Brielle Grenier added six kills in the win. 2021-22 MCAC Coach of Year and USB’s head coach Evan Turenne stated after the match, “Our message has been that it is hard to win in MCAC and ACC is a good team and we had to fight for what we wanted. We have give ourselves a chance now to play for a championship.”
ACC (0-16 regular season record) was led by Erica Scott with a match-high nine kills and Taylor DeLamare and Mackenzie Zatylny both added four kills apiece. Cougars head coach Jeff Maxwell summed it up, “It was nice to see our team play hard we played our best game of the year today. We had only one returning player this year and battled hard all year.”
Player of the Match for USB was left side Sophie Morrice while left side Erica Scott was selected for ACC.
#2 PUC Pilots vs. #3 CMU Blazers
In the other semi-final, there was a back-and-forth between the #2 Providence University College (PUC) Pilots and #3 Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers for the first two sets as both went past the 25 point mark.
CMU (9-7 regular season record) came back in both sets for a two set lead and then extended with an early lead in the third set for a final 3-0 (28-26, 27-25, 25-20) upset victory over PUC (9-7 regular season record).
CMU’s head coach Jayme Menzies stated, “I knew our team was dialled in and they were focused on what to do. I think winning the two sets took the ‘sails out’ of PUC and affected them more than our team.”
The two sets had 2021-22 MCAC MVP Maddie Fehr doing what she has done all season and Providence had a 24-22 advantage in the first and had first cracks to win in the second before losing both.
PUC’s head coach Kyle Guenther summed it up, “They stole the first two sets and hard not to focus on it. It changed the entire momentum of the match. We passed great but struggled to get the block on the outside.”
Now it is a rematch of the 2020 Championship when CMU defeated the higher seeded USB to win the conference title. Menzies said, “All the pressure is on them and we never looked ahead until this match completed and will go out and have fun.”
Player of the Match for CMU was left side Rachel Bartel while outside hitter Maddie Fehr was named for PUC.
The 2022 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Championship Final will be play at Assiniboine Community College Victoria Campus with first serve at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 6 in Brandon.
2022 MCAC Volleyball Championship hosted by ACC in Brandon, MB
Saturday, March 5 (all times are Central Time)
12 p.m. SF: #1 USB Les Rouges 3 #4 ACC Cougars 0 (women’s match)
2 p.m. SF: #3 CMU Blazers 3 #2 PUC Pilots 0 (women’s match)
4 p.m. SF: #4 USB Les Rouges vs. #1 CMU Blazers (men’s match)
6 p.m. SF: #3 ACC Cougars vs. #2 PUC Pilots (men’s match)
Sunday, March 6
1 p.m. Women’s Volleyball Championship Final: #1 USB Les Rouges vs. #3 CMU Blazers
3 p.m. Men’s Volleyball Championship Final:
Live webcast for all Championship matches at: https://www.youtube.com/ACCCougars