Blazers Levi Klassen is the MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 27, 2022

The Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers made history as the first ever representative for the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) at the men’s volleyball Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship. The 2021-22 MCAC champion gained experience during the 2022 Nationals and third year libero Levi Klassen was recognized as MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 27, 2022.

Klassen was strong on defence during the two matches as CMU lost to top seed Humber Hawks on day one and then played in the bronze quarter final match against Red Deer Kings and lost to eventual third place team on Saturday, Mar. 26.

The Winnipeg native notched five service received and two digs in the first match and was named Player of the Match for the Blazers on Mar. 25.

“Levi passed extremely well and his defence was superb. He had to pass extremely hard jump serves and did an excellent job plus was a good leader as well,” commented CMU’s head coach Don Dulder.

The Science student-athlete at CMU was also a co-captain for the squad this year.

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

Week 17 (ending Feb. 20, 2022)

WVB: Sam Lemoine – USB

MBB: Seth McKenzie – CMU

Week 18 (ending Feb. 27, 2022)

WVB: Jenna Campbell – USB

MBB: TJ Paguirigan – USB

Week 19 (ending Mar. 6, 2022)

WVB: Sam Lemoine – USB

MVB: Timothy Juvonen – CMU

Week 20 (ending Mar. 13, 2022)

WFUT: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MFUT: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 21 (ending Mar. 27, 2022)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Levi Klassen – CMU

USB Les Rouges ends season with three set loss in Bronze Semi Final match at 2022 WVB Nationals

In their first ever Nationals appearance at the 2022 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball National Championship hosted by Holland College (Charlottetown, PE), the MCAC representative and 2021-22 conference champion USB Les Rouges ended their season with a three set loss against the Red Deer Queens in the Bronze Semi Final match on Sunday, March 27.

USB went 1-2 during this year’s Nationals after a 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-9) result versus Red Deer. In this match, left side Sophie Morrice registered three kills and two digs along with middle Brielle Grenier added three kills and two digs and right side Jacklyn Carson with two kills and digs. Left side Val Gonzalez added nine figs and a kill while setter Sam Lemoine had seven assists and three digs.

USB earned their first ever win at the Nationals in the program’s history with a comeback 3-1 victory over Holland Hurricanes on Saturday, March 26 to advance to Sunday’s contest.

Les Rouges Player of the Match versus Red Deer was Val Gonzalez.

USB Les Rouges rally for four set win in Bronze Quarter Final match at 2022 WVB Nationals

In their first ever Nationals appearance at the 2022 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball National Championship hosted by Holland College (Charlottetown, PE), the MCAC representative and 2021-22 conference champion USB Les Rouges rebounded with a four set victory over Holland Hurricanes in Bronze Quarter Final match on Saturday, March 26.

With the victory, Les Rouges will now face the loser of the VIU Mariners and Red Deer Queens match (which was Red Deer that lost 3-0) in the Bronze semi-final match on Sunday, March 27 at 8 am CT. USB earned their first ever win at the Nationals in the program’s history and still have an opportunity to win a bronze medal.

USB rallied after starting to the Nationals with a three set loss to Douglas Royals in the last match held on Friday, March 25.

Les Rouges won 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-18, 30-28) against the Hurricanes and rattled off three straight set wins after down 1-0 to begin the contest.

Left side Val Gonzalez led the way on the stat sheet with 17 kills and 17 digs while middle Brielle Grenier added nine kills and three digs and two service aces. Sophie Morrice also notched eight kills with 16 digs in the win.

USB setter Sam Lemoine was named Les Rouges Player of the Match after 38 assists, 10 digs and three service aces.

CMU Blazers finish season with three set loss in Bronze Quarter Final match at 2022 MVB Nationals

In their first ever Nationals appearance at the 2022 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship hosted by Cégep Limoilou in Québec City, the MCAC representative and 2021-22 conference champion CMU Blazers finished their season with a three set loss versus Red Deer Kings in the Bronze Quarter Final match on Saturday, March 26 .

The sets scores were 25-17, 25-11, 25-17 for the Kings and CMU went 0-2 at this Nationals after playing against the Humber Hawks on Friday, March 25.

In the Red Deer match, CMU right side Matthew Page was named Player of the Match for the Blazers.

More game story to follow…

CMU Blazers lose in three sets in Quarter Final match at 2022 MVB Nationals

Recap from Cégep Limoilou

At their first ever appearance at the 2022 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship, the MCAC representative and 2021-22 conference champion CMU Blazers competed against the Humber Hawks on Friday, March 25 hosted by Cégep Limoilou in Québec City. The Hawks won 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-23).

The CMU Blazers had to contend with the power of their opponents’ services. In the third set, the CMU Blazers gained confidence and even cause a tie at 23-23 on the score while the Humber Hawks got a drop of intensity. This rise was not enough to stop the Humber Hawks by the efficiency of 45% for their attacks.

A good example of the powerful attack of Humber Hawks is Joshua Fadare who deserved to be Player of the Match and who, at the second set, had already 14 successful attacks on 16 attempts. He finished the match with 21 points in total and an impressive efficiency of 68%. However, the player, satisfied with his performance, explained that they did not win yet: “We are expecting an intense match against Limoilou tomorrow, so we should stay focus.”

The libero Levi Klassen of CMU Blazers was named his team’s Player of the Match.

With the result, CMU now plays in bronze quarter final match against Red Deer Kings at 2 pm CT on Saturday, March 26.

2022 CCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship is presented from March 25 to 27 at the Cegep Limoilou, Quebec. Eight teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick compete for the title.