6 Questions With…Nolan Slate, ACC Cougars Men’s volleyball, 1st year left side

Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars are in third place with a 3-6 record in the 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) men’s volleyball standings at the holiday break. The Cougars are scheduled to resume playing on the road against Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm CT.

QUESTIONS:

1. Your goal for this season…And has it changed now?

Answer: My goal for this season is to win the league.

2. How difficult was it to return to conference play after year off due to COVID-19?

Answer: It was difficult to return to play after not being in a real match for over a year but after the first few games we’ve got it figured out.

3. Why did you choose volleyball as a sport?

Answer: I chose volleyball as my sport of choice due to the great team aspect along with the love for sport that makes me want to keep playing.

4. Who is the joker/fun person on your team?

Answer: I’d say I’m definitely the funniest on the team for sure but the biggest jokester is probably Noah Barcellona.

5. What are you listening to right now?…and/or pump up music?

Answer: No answer.

6. Best social media/website to follow?

Answer: Best social media to follow would be either my Instagram or the ACC Cougars page to keep up with our season.

BONUS: Favourite TV show and/or movie?

Answer: Favourite TV show right now is Suits. Favourite movie for the time of year would be Elf for sure.

Cougars Carter Beattie is the MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Dec. 5, 2021

In a back-and-forth contest, the Assiniboine Community College Cougars (ACC) Cougars prevailed in a thrilling five set match to complete the first half of the 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) men’s volleyball season. First year left side Carter Beattie continued his strong play during the week ending Dec. 5, 2021.

With only one match in week six, the Cougars halted a five game losing streak with their first road victory of this season. Beattie notched 18 kills, three blocks, three aces plus had an impressive passing average of 2.3 against Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges on Sat., Dec. 4 afternoon.

In the tight MCAC standings, ACC now improves to 3-6 mark for third spot and looks forward to building on this result and performance in January.

“We have been aware that Carter has been the focus of our opponents all season. On Saturday, Carter showed us exactly why that is with him dominant performance on the court,” stated ACC’s head coach Joel Small. “Carter has been working extremely hard at each and every practice to improve his skills and is one of those athletes that works just as hard to ensure his teammates are excelling alongside him. He is a talented individual to coach and I have no doubt that he has a bright future in volleyball ahead of him.

The Cougars rallied from a first set loss and then were pushed to a fifth before closing out the competitive match 15-10. The Kipling, SK native was leaned upon not just at the net but through his serving prowess.

ACC’s assistant coach Brendan White concurred, ”Carter played a key role from the service line this past week as his tough serve was able to put St. B on the back foot in key moments that helped swing the momentum. He also created a large presence at the net on both block and attack allowing us to side out effectively late in the match. His “large” presence on the court helped will the team late in the sets to grind out a win.”

The Land and Water Management student-athlete at ACC takes a holiday volleyball break and next conference match will be on the road as the Cougars travel to play at second place Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Friday, January 14 with first serve at 7:30 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

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.

Weekend Preview (Nov. 26-28) – 2021-22 MCAC Basketball/Volleyball

With two weeks left before the holiday break, the races are heating up in both the 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) basketball and volleyball regular season action. This is the fourth week for basketball games while week five for volleyball matches.

Women’s basketball:

Nov. 26: Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers at Providence University College (PUC) Pilots – 6 pm CT start

The Blazers look to continue their perfect season as they enter the weekend with a 4-0 league mark. The Pilots are coming off a bye and seeking to extend their two game winning streak as they have started the young season with a 2-1 record. CMU won the first meeting on the season in the season opener on Nov. 5.

Nov. 27: CMU Blazers at PUC Pilots – 6 pm CT start

In the rematch match between both teams, there is an opportunity to either sweep the weekend or split with each other depending on Friday’s result. CMU has the top two MCAC scorers with Maizy Lawson in first and Annika Goodbrandson in second while PUC’s Trinity Blair is tied for third and Asha Donnelly in sixth for scoring average.

Men’s basketball:

Nov. 26: CMU Blazers at PUC Pilots – 8 pm CT start

Similar to the women’s match-up, both teams have identical records as CMU is 4-0 while PUC at 2-1. This is the second meeting of the season after the Blazers won the first game by a close 74-64 result. PUC’s Bryant Smith is tied for first in league scoring while Nathan Ens, former Athlete of the Week, is fifth. For the Blazers, Seth McKenzie and Isaiah Cole is third and fourth in MCAC scoring average.

Nov. 27: CMU Blazers at PUC Pilots – 8 pm CT start

This rematch match will continue an early rivalry between the two teams. There is a  opportunity to sweep the weekend or split with each other depending on Friday’s result.

Women’s volleyball:

Nov. 26: CMU Blazers at Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars – 6 pm CT start

After a split weekend last week, CMU is in a tight battle for top spot as they sit third in conference standings with a 3-3 record. The Blazers have won twice so far on the road this season. For the Cougars, they are seeking their first match win as they have battled hard all season. Both teams have only meet once in 2021 and CMU prevailed by a three set victory as ACC looks to reverse that result on their home court.

Nov. 26: PUC Pilots at Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges – 6 pm CT start

A match between the top two MCAC teams. Les Rouges holds first place with a 5-1 record but suffered their first home loss last weekend and would like to bounce back with a win in front of the home crowd. The Pilots are 4-2 plus riding a two match win streak into this match. In a quirk of the schedule, this is only the second time PUC is on the road this regular season. Both teams only met on Nov. 13 with USB registering a three set win.

Nov. 27: CMU Blazers at ACC Cougars – 12 pm CT start

An early rematch with a noon start time. It will be a quick bounce back for both teams and should be interesting if any effects and change in result for Saturday’s contest.

Nov. 27: PUC Pilots at USB Les Rouges – 6 pm CT start

Expect another close battle as this rivalry continues with USB hosting again. Les Rouges fourth year middle Brielle Grenier was also selected as MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Nov. 21.

Men’s volleyball:

Nov. 26: CMU Blazers at ACC Cougars – 7:30 pm CT start

What a fight for first place in the MCAC standings. The Blazers enter this weekend with a 3-3 mark and want to register their first road wins of the young season. The Cougars hold a 2-4 record but would like to halt their three game losing streak. ACC has won both games at home and have not played in the own gym since Nov. 6. In the only match between the two teams so far in 2021, CMU won in three sets at home.

Nov. 26: PUC Pilots at USB Les Rouges – 7:30 pm CT start

The Pilots continues to lead the league with a 5-1 record and on a two game match streak into the weekend. Les Rouges have a 2-4 mark and want to shake off a loss to end last weekend. Both teams only met on Nov. 13 with USB registering a three set win on the road and PUC looks to avenge their only loss this year.

Nov. 27: CMU Blazers at ACC Cougars – 1:30 pm CT start

A rematch with an early start time as the Cougars host again. It will be a quick turnaround back for both teams and they should come out swinging for a competitive Saturday afternoon contest.

Nov. 27: : PUC Pilots at USB Les Rouges – 7:30 pm CT start

Les Rouges continue as host when they look to sweep the weekend while the Pilots would like to accomplish the same feat depending on Friday’s result. This should be another close affair as overall there is a tight battle among the four teams in the conference standings. PUC’s third year middle Tyler Klassen was also selected as MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Nov. 21.

Weekend Preview (Nov. 19-21) – 2021-22 MCAC Basketball/Volleyball

This the third week for basketball games in the 2021-22 season while volleyball begins week four as all four Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) teams in regular season action.

Women’s basketball:

Nov. 19: Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers – 6 pm CT start

The Blazers are coming off a bye and looking to extend their winning streak as they have started the young season with a 2-0 record. Les Rouges want to build from the first two weeks and seek their first conference win of the season. CMU’s Maizy Lawson leads MCAC in scoring heading into the weekend.

Nov. 20: CMU Blazers at USB Les Rouges – 6 pm CT start

In the rematch match between both teams, there is an opportunity to either sweep the weekend or split with each other depending on Friday’s result. USB’s has the two of top three players in minutes played per game so far with Sydney Rudnicki in first and Jade Costa placing third.

Men’s basketball:

Nov. 19: USB Les Rouges at CMU Blazers – 8 pm CT start

Similar to the women’s match-up, both teams have identical records as CMU at 2-0 while USB at 0-3. This is the second meeting of the season after the Blazers won the first game. Randy Gborie is second in minutes played for Les Rouges while Seth McKenzie leads the league in scoring average.

Nov. 20: CMU Blazers at USB Les Rouges – 8 pm CT start

This rematch match will continue an early rivalry between the two teams. There is a  chance to sweep the weekend or split with each other depending on Friday’s result.

Women’s volleyball:

Nov. 19: Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars at Providence University College (PUC) Pilots – 6 pm CT start

The Pilots look to bounce back from a loss last week while the Cougars search for their first victory of the campaign. PUC won the first meeting between the two teams to begin conference play.

Nov. 19: CMU Blazers at USB Les Rouges – 6 pm CT start

This will be a tight match considering the first match extended to five sets with a USB victory in the first week of this year. Les Rouges look to continue their winning streak as they have won four straight to start 2021-22 conference play. The Blazers won last week and tied for second with a 2-2 record plus would like to reverse the first week result.

Nov. 20: ACC Cougars at PUC Pilots – 11 am CT start

A rematch with a early start time. It will be a short bounce back for both teams and should be interesting to see if any effects and change in result for Saturday’s contest.

Nov. 20: USB Les Rouges at CMU Blazers – 6 pm CT start

Expect more of the same as a close battle is expected as this rivalry continues with CMU hosting on a back-to-back weekend series. Blazers first year left side Halle Meisner was also selected as MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Nov. 14.

Men’s volleyball:

Nov. 19: ACC Cougars at PUC Pilots – 7:30 pm CT start

A competitive match started the 2021-22 conference year as PUC won in four sets. The Pilots suffered their first loss last week but still hold on to top spot in the MCAC standing with a 3-1 mark. ACC is in a tie for second with a 2-2 record and the Cougars search for their first victory on the road and rebound from a week three loss.

Nov. 19: CMU Blazers at USB Les Rouges – 7:30 pm CT start

The Blazers were victorious in straight sets at home versus Les Rouges in week one. CMU won last week and tied for second with a 2-2 record. USB won their first conference match last week against the Pilots and seek to build on that result with another win and avenge their week one loss to the Blazers.

Nov. 20: ACC Cougars at PUC Pilots – 12:30 pm CT start

A rematch with a early start time as the Pilots host again. It will be a quick bounce back for both teams and curious if any effects and change in final result for Saturday’s contest.

Nov. 20: USB Les Rouges at CMU Blazers – 7:30 pm CT start

The Blazers will be at home for the finish of a home-and-home weekend series with Les Rouges. This could be another close affair as overall there is a tight battle among the four teams in the conference standings.