The MCAC is ready to kick off its 2021 soccer season this September after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of last season.
The new campaign starts with two rivalry games with the CMU Blazers facing the PUC Pilots and the ACC Cougars hosting the BU Bobcats on Saturday, Sept. 11. Those games will be followed up by the USB Les Rouges playing their first game of the year against the Cougars and the Blazers hosting the Bobcats on Sunday, Sept. 12.
This season, the women kick off their weekend games at 1 p.m., with the men following at 3:15 p.m. On weeknights, the women play at 6 p.m. and the men end the night at 8:15 p.m.
The USB Les Rouges host the PUC Pilots on Saturday, Sept. 25 in a rematch of the 2019 women’s championship game. The Rouges completed an undefeated season in 2019, capping it off with a 2-0 victory over the Pilots in the championship game.
The BU Bobcats are coming off the university’s first-ever MCAC soccer championship in 2019. The Bobcats edged out the Pilots in a 3-2 battle and the Pilots will look for revenge in Brandon on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Congratulations to the student-athletes on their performance this volleyball season. Championship weekend kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 29
Men’s Most Valuable Player
Paycen Warkentin (ACC)
“Paycen has worked extremely hard over the past 2 seasons to improve his game to the point of being what I believe is the most dominant player in the league. Paycen came to practice every day focused on improving himself and his team. Paycen led our team in kills, blocks and was second in digs. Aside from paycens impressive stats his desire to win was unmatched by anyone else, everytime he stepped on the court he was ready to compete and leave it all on the floor. Paycen is one of the most coachable players I have ever had, he soaked in all the information coaches would give him wanting to learn and improve in every way. Paycen is one of those irreplaceable players and will have a long successful volleyball career.”
— Cougars head coach Joel Small
Men’s Coach of the Year
Scott Masterson (PUC)
“Scott has had a really successful season as indicated by their first place finish after the regular season. Beyond that though, he has had this success with no shortage of adversity. The team lost 4 guys at Christmas and he was forced into some unique lineup combinations and mentoring players in positions they had never played before. Scott was constantly adjusting game plans and trying different looks to get the most out of his lineup. The guys always buy in to his planning as everything is well thought out and explained effectively. His calming presence on the bench has also been key to this relatively young group. Scott’s experience, knowledge, and quiet confidence help give his team a chance to win on any given night.”
— Pilots women’s volleyball coach Kyle Guenther
Men’s All-Conference Team
Willie Goossen (PUC) Carter Hofer (CMU) Jonas Friesen (PUC) Cameron Gayleard (CMU) Braden Campbell (ACC)
Women’s Most Valuable Player
Zoé Savoie (USB)
“Zoe was determined to continue improving her game all season long, even in her fifth year. She hits a heavy ball and put in a lot of work to improve her serve receive game. A great leader who is committed, resilient and never gets too high or too low. She has a strong character and leads by example. She has worked hard on improving her play and she contributes positively in each aspect.”
— Les Rouges head coach Evan Turenne
Women’s Coach of the Year
Evan Turenne (USB)
“Evan really pours his heart into the program. He challenges his athletes to want and expect more from themselves. What he has done with the team in such a short time is truly remarkable and a testament to his work ethic and his will do build something special here at USB.”
— USB’s athletic director Eric Lemoine
Women’s All-Conference Team
Maddie Fehr (PUC) Jana Klassen (CMU) Sami Love (ACC) Darby Coughlin (RRC) Brielle Grenier (USB)
Hofer slammed down 29 kills to help lead CMU to 6-0 record
Blazers left-side, Carter Hofer served up 9 aces in the team’s 3-0 win over the ACC Cougars on Friday and slammed down 29 kills throughout CMU’s two games this weekend.
The third-year player had an attacking efficiency of 40 per cent in Friday’s game and 54 per cent in Saturday’s second straight win over ACC.
“Carter is a tremendous all-around player for us,” said Blazers head coach Don Dulder. “He is our best passer, best attacker and a real leader on our team.”
Hofer is one of the Blazers captains this season and Dulder said he has developed into the go-to guy in the locker room.
When Hofer isn’t leading in the locker room, he is leading by example on the court.
“His game has improved a great deal this year,” said Dulder. “He is very consistent and has developed a very good and consistent jump serve. He sees the floor well and a very intelligent attacker who has all the shots.”
Hofer was a big part of CMU’s weekend sweep over ACC. He had one block and eight digs throughout the weekend.
Hofer is taking science courses at CMU.
The Blazers have gotten off to a hot start and sit in first place in the MCAC with a 6-0 record. The team is back in action on Friday, Nov. 22 when they travel to play the USB Les Rouges.