Official! MCAC officially voted in as full time members of CCAA

On June 14, 2022 morning, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) were officially voted in as full time members of Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

MCAC competed for the first time at the CCAA National Championship events during the 2021-22 season in soccer and volleyball competition.

MCAC have been part of the CCAA for the last three years as a probationary member before full time membership was approved.

“The MCAC thanks the members of the CCAA for their support and confidence on our conference,” stated Shane Ray, MCAC. “Our student-athletes, coaches and members have worked very hard over the last number of years to make this happen. We are excited for the opportunities that this opens up to the MCAC and look forward to the future.”

Blazers Tai Linklater and Levi Klassen selected as inaugural 2021-22 Bill Wedlake True Sport Award winners

The True Sport awards recognize student-athletes who demonstrate the principles of True Sport on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community

The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) is pleased to announce Tai Linklater – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers women’s soccer/futsal fullback player – and Levi Klassen – CMU Blazers men’s volleyball libero player –are the inaugural 2021-22 Bill Wedlake True Sport Award winners.

The True Sport awards recognize student-athletes who demonstrate the principles of True Sport on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community. These awards were established to recognize Bill Wedlake, the first Executive Director for the MCAC and his commitment to living the True Sport Principles with the MCAC. At the end of each season, two student-athletes receive a $250 award.

CMU’s Director of Athletics Cara Isaak discussed both award winners, “Tai is very active on campus and is a member of student council. She plans group bike rides for students and sustainability events. She volunteers with Special Olympics and encourages her teammates to get into coaching to give back. Levi is his team’s representative with the varsity athletes council (athlete leadership group that coordinates activities and advises staff on athlete issues). Last semester, Levi led the volleyball team in collecting winter clothing at home games to be donated to the Main Street project. He is especially good at including and welcoming everyone in sport.”

The True Sport seven principles are: Go For It; Play Fair; Respect Others; Keep It Fun; Stay Healthy; Include Everyone; Give Back.

Linklater commented: “Being a well-rounded person is important in sport because it helps you develop good relationships. Pushing yourself to be better and encouraging other is more important than winning. There are a lot of people watching you when you play sports and it is important to be good role models. These principles go beyond sport and are important to our community.”

Klassen stated: “It is important that athletes and those supporting them embody values that make sport about more than self-contained competition, and instead, see it as something that is generative in the lives of both the athletes and those who watch them. This is why values like those embodied in the True Sport Pillars are so important; they encourage athletes to grow in their athletic environments in a way that helps them to look beyond themselves, broaden the scope of what they consider to be important, and ultimately, learn to work against the underlying forces that can make athletic competition a destructive force in society. At its most ideal, sport can be one of the most creative spaces for people to explore the kind of person that they want to be, so it is great that in the MCAC, there is growing recognition for those who pursue that.”

Les Rouges Brielle Grenier is the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 27, 2022

For the first time ever, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) had a representative at the women’s volleyball Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship. The 2021-22 MCAC champion Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges played well in the 2022 Nationals and fifth year middle Brielle Grenier was a big factor and was recognized as MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 27, 2022.

Les Rouges entered the championship as the eighth seed and after losing to the top seed Douglas Royals on day one, USB registered a comeback 3-1 win on Saturday, Mar. 26 over Holland Hurricanes to advance to the bronze semi final match against Red Deer Queens and lost to eventual third place team on Sunday, Mar. 27.

Grenier was named Player of the Match for Les Rouges in the first match and overall produced 17 kills (hitting efficiency of .330) along with six blocks and three service access throughout the weekend. In the historic win for the program on day two, the Morris, MB native added nine kills and three digs with two service aces.

USB’s head coach Evan Turenne said, “In her fifth and final season of eligibility, Brielle got to finish her college career with a successful showing on the national stage. She was not intimidated by size of the opposition and effective as always as an attacker.”

Grenier was a co-captain and MCAC 2021-22 Female Athlete of the Week winner twice this season as she was also selected on Week 11 (for the week ending Nov. 21, 2021).

Turenne continued, “It was great to see her finish on such a positive note, playing with confidence and contributing on both sides of the ball. Brielle is a game changer. She commanded respect and drew a lot of attention from opposing blockers from the best teams in the country. She accepted the challenge and rose to the occasion. She will be so incredibly difficult to replace on our team.”

The Arts student-athlete at USB was also selected to 2021-22 MCAC Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team.

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

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.