Rebels fall in MCAC Womens Vball Semifinal

February 25, 2017

2017 Women’s Volleyball Semifinal: #1 PUC defeats #4 RRC 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-13)

The first game of the 2017 MCAC Volleyball Final Fours was a three-set sweep for the women’s defending champion Providence University College Pilots.

The game’s first set started out with the score close, neither team asserting much dominance over the match and trading points back and forth without a significant lead.

It continued to be close until PUC reached the 20-point mark at which point Providence pulled away winning the first frame 25-15.

The second set began in similar fashion with both teams trading free balls and suffering unforced errors to get the score to 8-8. PUC All-Conference selection LaRae Driedger registered a big kill for PUC and seemed to get the Pilots interested again, and once the Pilots went up 11-8, RRC Head coach Dan McGregor took a timeout to try to recollect.

McGregor’s timeout seemed to work for the Rebels as RRC began developing more of an attack out of their defensive efforts and after leftside Anika Gray made good on back-to-back attacks for the Rebels, both teams were tied at 14.

“They always play scrappy defence but we were able to neutralize that a little more this time” says PUC Head coach, Kyle Guenther. The Pilots and Rebels entered today’s game having gone to a 5-set PUC win when they last met in the regular season.

The size and strength of a very strong PUC team eventually began to show through midway through the second set and the Pilots gained points in much easier fashion than the Rebels seemed to be able to. PUC Middle blocker Sara Barker outreached and outpowered her matchups regularly and the Pilot’s third-year setter, Sam Bridle, played consistently throughout the game even when her team fell into small lulls.

After winning the second set 25-20, the Pilots led through most of the third and a comeback for the Rebels felt like an extremely steep climb to make.

“Our goal is to get better throughout the match, and I think we did that” says Guenther.

“A few low points in the middle of the second and third sets, we just kind of got complacent and just kind of went through the motions for a bit. But we have to remember it doesn’t matter what’s happening on the other side, it doesn’t matter what the score is, we have to remember to always keep improving and always getting more energy and enthusiasm and urgency and we finished the second and third sets with that, which was really good to see.”

The Pilots move on to the Women’s Final tomorrow at 1:00pm at Universite de Saint-Boniface against the CMU Blazers.

Story by Kelly McGuiness/MCAC

2017 MCAC Volleyball Final Four Preview

February 24, 2017

2017 Volleyball Final Fours Preview


#4 Red River College Rebels vs #1 Providence University College Pilots
Saturday, February 25th, 12:00 PM 

Providence University College will try to repeat as MCAC champions this weekend but their road to back-to-back trophy presentations will start against a Red River College team that pushed the Pilots to five sets when the two teams last saw each other on February 4th (25-13, 19-25, 25-27, 25-21, 15-7).

RRC Head coach, Dan McGregor, believes the time off between the end of their season and this weekend’s semifinal matchup has been a big boost for the Rebels.

“I think our team feels pretty confident, we have played Providence tough throughout the year and are looking forward to the matchup. As we have only had eight or nine players for most of the season it has been a grind this year. We came out of the gate pretty strong in the first half, and as the season has gone on it has been tough due to injuries and fatigue. Having these two weeks off before playing the final four has helped us to recover.”

Providence has to feel good about coming back to the Championship weekend ranked first, as they’ve spent most of the season leading the field with only the CMU Blazers nipping at their heels. PUC Head coach, Kyle Guenther, knows a first round matchup against RRC will be a challenge.

“All four teams in the playoffs have played well throughout the season and we have to be prepared for all of them. That certainly includes Red River. After our last match with them that went five sets, we know it’s tough to put a ball away against them.”

PUC Right side, LaRae Driedger, and Left side, Shayna Staerk, are just a couple of the offensive weapons that made PUC so good this season. To play well against Providence means stemming their offence, something Guenther knows RRC is capable of.

“They play great defence and extend rallies which can frustrate us and force us into errors. We have to be prepared for this and stay aggressive”.

Providence has won all four matchups between these two teams this season, 3-0, 3-1, 3-1, 3-2.

#3 Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges vs #2 Canadian Mennonite University Blazers
Saturday, February 25th, 2:00 PM

Canadian Mennonite University’s last conference game of the season was a 3-1 win over Université de Saint-Boniface on February 10th. This was the first game during the 2016-17 season that Les Rouges were able to get a set off of the Blazers after being swept in all three of their previous meetings. But USB Head Coach, Martin Rochon, knows that Saturday’s semifinal can still be won by either team and likes his team’s current mindset.

“Our team feels quite good. We have improved steadily throughout the year and I believe our best game is ahead of us. We have had some great confidence-building wins in the second half (of the season) and we know that when we are at our best we can beat anyone in the league”.

Blazers Left side and MCAC Week 18 Athlete of the Week, Katie Reeves, as well as Middle blocker Rayzanna Kehler have been league standouts for CMU this season and will undoubtedly be factors this weekend. But two players aren’t the only reason the Blazers have been so steady, having not lost a conference match since January 17th when they lost 3-2 to Providence. The Blazers’ have a very strong roster from top to bottom.

“CMU has a balanced attack therefore it is difficult to focus on one player”, says Rochon. “
The most important thing will be for us to play a disciplined game and stay focused on our execution. We have many young players who have been performing well all season and I am certain they will be ready on Saturday”.

Should the two team’s rotations match up so that USB Middle blocker, Gabrielle Marquis, is across the net from CMU’s Kehler, fans could be in for a very exciting battle between two very strong middles. But regardless of individual matchups, fans can expect a very exciting battle between two very strong teams.


#3 Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges vs #2 Providence University College Pilots
Saturday, February 25th, 4:00 PM

The Providence University College Pilots enter this weekend defending the 2015-16 MCAC Championship they won at home in Otterburne, MB last season. They feature an explosive outside attacker in Week 12 MCAC Athlete of the Week, Adrian Dyck, who Head coach, Scott Masterson, can expect USB to have their eyes on at all times.

“I think Adrian is having an incredible season and is really enjoying his role on the team” says Masterson. “He’s tough to stop but he also opens things up for all our other guys so they can have a greater impact. I still see us having a well-rounded offense and we hope to be able to play great team defense”.

In their season matchup, PUC got three wins off of USB (3-1, 3-0, 3-0) after USB had won their first meeting of the season 3-2 in late October. Week 18 MCAC Athlete of the Week, Nico Marcon-Lajeunesse, has been a solid outside attack for Saint Boniface this season as well as a veteran presence on an otherwise very young Les Rouges team. Marcon-Lajeunesse is in his fourth year of MCAC eligibility and middle Pierre Landry in his third, but every other player on USB’s roster is a rookie in the MCAC. Playing in their own community in front of what should be a favourable crowd for USB, Les Rouges going up against the defending champions will be a great test for a young USB squad says Head Coach, Guy Bourgeois.

“I’ve seen these guys embrace the team concept in a special way and it’s cool to be a part of. The boys are really looking forward to performing with the extra boost our awesome home crowd provides.”

“Providence are a very well coached team and defending champions for a reason. They have dynamic athletes in multiple positions and we will need to play our best defense of the season in order to slow them down. Our group is really embracing and looking forward to that challenge”.

#4 University of Winnipeg College Wesmen vs #1 Canadian Mennonite University Blazers
Saturday, February 25th, 6:00 PM

Just like the other Men’s semifinal matchup, the season series was split 3-1 between these two teams with CMU coming out on top. Some of the Blazers likely don’t forget how their season ended last year, when they lost their lead in a tough match against RRC and were forced to watch the season’s Final from the stands. Second-year right side John Nieckarz has been both an offensive and defensive stalwart for the Blazers when healthy and Week 14 MCAC Athlete of the Week, Mackenzie Hildebrand, is a high flying left side who has been a welcome addition for the Blazers this season. CMU’s setter, Jason Friesen, has also turned heads around the league while distributing the ball for a Blazers roster that has proven to be one of the most talented in the Conference. But CMU Head coach, Don Dulder, knows that rankings are simply just numbers on paper at this point in the season.

“It is important to realize that all four teams are on an even playing field now. Being the one-seed doesn’t mean much. We have to bring our ‘A’ game in order to be successful. All four teams are good teams. There is a great deal of parity in our league this year. We need to perform all the basics well and play smart”.

UW has been a very scrappy team this season, making the 2017 Final Fours with limited numbers on their bench and relying heavily on Week 9 MCAC Athlete of the Week, Turner Johnson. The Wesmen’s shortage of players meant creative lineups and rotations for them during their 2016-17 season, and although Johnson can be a very deadly outside attacker, he is listed as a setter and Head coach Richard Wiebe will sometimes run a 6-2 rotation so that Johnson can both set and get some swings in. Having lost their last three games of the season to the other three participating teams in this weekend’s championship, the Wesmen are looking to get back to their winning ways nearly a month after they had their last conference win.

2016-17 MCAC Volleyball All Stars

February 24, 2017

The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference All-Conference Teams are selected by the head coaches involved in their respective sport. This season’s Volleyball All-Conference Teams are as follows:

MCAC Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team 2016-17

LaRae Driedger – Providence University College

Shayna Staerk – Providence University College

Raegan Caron – Universite de Saint-Boniface

Gabrielle Marquis – Universite de Saint-Boniface

Rayzanna Kehler – Canadian Mennonite University

2016-17 Most Valuable Player

Katie Reeves  – Canadian Mennonite University

MCAC 2016-17 Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Team

MacKenzie Hildebrand – Canadian Mennonite University

Jason Friesen – Canadian Mennonite University

Eric Dornez  – Universite de Saint-Boniface

Nathan Doull – Assiniboine Community College

Lucas Pappel  – Providence University College

2016-17 Men’s Volleyball Most Valuable Player

Adrian Dyck – Providence University College

The 2016-17 MCAC Volleyball Final Fours are being held this weekend at Universite de Saint-Boniface (200 Cathedrale Avenue, Winnipeg, MB). All semifinal matches take place on February 25th, with both the Men’s and Women’s Finals being played on Sunday, February 26th. Match ups are as follows:


#4 Red River College versus #1 Providence University College – Saturday, February 25th 12:00 PM

#3 Universite de Saint-Boniface versus #2 Canadian Mennonite University – Saturday, February 25th, 2:00 PM

#3 Universite de Saint-Boniface versus #2 Providence University College – Saturday, February 25th 4:00 PM

#4 University of Winnipeg College versus #1 Canadian Mennonite University – Saturday, February 25th 6:00 PM


Women’s Final – 1:00 PM

Men’s Final – 3:00 PM


Sign Up for March Madness at RRC!

February 16, 2017

Looking for some fun, physical activity and the chance to make new friends? Come sign up for one of Recreation Services Special Events. These one day co-ed recreational events are great way to meet new people, exercise, and have fun!

Sign up by yourself, with a friend or get a group of friends together and make a team to try and win one of the coveted Intramural Champion T-Shirts. Open to all RRC Staff and Students.

Upcoming Special Events

Rebels March Madness Week

3v3 Tournament
Wednesday March 8th 6-9pm.
North Gym, NDC
This is Co-Ed Event. There must be one player of each gender on the court at all times. Open to all Staff, Students and Community Members.
Deadline to enter is Thursday March 2nd 4:00pm.
Click Here for registration form: 2017 March Madness 3v3 Basketball Registration Form

Free Throw Contest
Wednesday March 15th 11am-1pm
North Gym, NDC
Free to Enter, Open to all Staff and Students.
Description: Come and Go challenge event. See how many free throws you can hit in 1minute! Great Prizes to Won!

Bracket Challenge
Try your luck picking the winner of the 2017 March Madness Men’s Basketball Championship! Once the field is selected on March 13th, fill out the form and submit to the North Gym Front Desk.
Free to enter for all RRC Staff and students. Great Prizes to the Winners!
Bracket Form Available on March 13th.

Event Rules

3 vs 3 Co-Ed Basketball Rules

For further information please contact Athletics and Recreation Coordinator Cole Skinner at 204.632.2397 or

Rebels Weekend Wrap February 10-11

February 13, 2017

MCAC Basketball Championship weekend came and went for the Rebels, with the women’s team capturing their 6th straight championship, while the men’s team fell short in defending their title. For in depth stories of both, please click on the below links:

Women’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

The Rebels women’s volleyball team earned their first shot at a MCAC Championship in 4 years this weekend, qualifying for playoffs by the slimmest of margins. Even the though they were swept by ACC in both games this weekend, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) and 3-2 (25-18, 16-25, 25-18, 24-26, 15-11), they still managed to qualify on a 4th (!!!) tie-breakers. The following is the MCAC explanation of how the Rebels earned the 4th and final playoff spot.

i: Record Head to Head – The record between Red River College and Assiniboine Community College this season was 2-2

ii: Sets Won/Lost Head to Head – Red River College and Assiniboine Community College both won 8 sets and lost 8 sets against each other.

iii: Sets Won/Lost Overall – Red River College finished the season with 31 sets won and 49 sets lost, a differential of -18.
Assiniboine Community College finished the season with 27 sets won, 47 sets lost, a differential of -20.

 Red River College enters the 2017 MCAC Volleyball post season on behalf of a 2 set difference.

The lady Rebels will face the PUC Pilots in their MCAC semi-finals on Saturday February 25th at 12:00pm with the championships being hosted at St. Boniface.

In other Rebels action:

The men’s volleyball team ended their season splitting the final two games against ACC 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21) and 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-16). The men finished in 6th place and will miss the playoffs.

The Rebel futsal games, faced USB Les Rogues Friday night in St. Boniface winning both games: Men 7-4 and women 4-1. Both teams next travel to CMU to face the Blazers this Friday night, with the women’s game starting at 6:00pm.

To be Active or Not: Tips for When You are Sick

February 13, 2017

sick-quote-1The brunt of winter is here and the classroom or office has a cold running through it.  You’re coughing and sneezing but your active living routine has achieved a nice rhythm and you don’t want to lose momentum. There are two voices in your head—one encouraging you to rest—the other urging you to get up and go. Now what do you do?

It’s the toughest call and it’s usually made under duress. Read More →

2017 MCAC Women’s Basketball Final: Red River College wins Sixth Straight Championship 68-57

February 12, 2017

It was clear from the beginning of the 2017 Women’s Final that RRC had found their shot and CMU was going to need to work the ball inside if they were going to contend with the scoring touch of the Rebels. The beginning of the game was relatively low scoring as both teams felt the opposition out and neither clicked into their offensive sets immediately. The largest lead of the first half came late in the first quarter when Red River went up 16-7 and CMU was struggling to get open looks. Regular season MVP Zera Lynn Panesa played terrific in the early stages of the first half, shooting 2-for-4 from 3 pt and led all scorers with 10 points. CMU helped their case considerably by taking the ball to the rim and drawing fouls, scoring 10 points off free throws alone. Shortly before the half the Rebels went on a small run that put them up 31-24, and their 15 points to CMU’s 0 from the 3 point line looked to be the largest factor of the half. Jessica Marx-Houndle led CMU in scoring with 6 points, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.

Red River busted out of the break adding to their lead and getting a much needed boost from 3rd year Raven Boulanger, who hit a couple of huge back-to-back 3 pointers for RRC. The Rebels were up 38-25 midway through the 3rd quarter and CMU was lacking a boost.
Rookie centre Caitlin Fennell gave her Blazers a much needed wake up when she blocked Panesa in CMU’s end and then laid a number of big pick and rolls for the Blazers, getting to the line and playing with some grit. She also played tremendous defence inside, something CMU was able to do quite well throughout the game.

When CMU had cut RRC’s lead to just 8 with less than a minute to go in the third, RRC coach Jaenas Pangilinan called a timeout to try to get control of his team’s dwindling lead. Out of their timeout, RRC was unable to convert their possession into points and CMU’s Remy Dickson got a huge and-1 for the Blazers, cutting RRC’s lead to 5. After RRC again failed to score on their trip down the floor, CMU then got the ball with about 10 seconds left in the quarter. They turned the ball over before the clock could run out and as the crowd counted down the final seconds, Panesa hit a wild runner in the lane to stem the momentum that CMU had begun generating.

The beginning of the 4th quarter was back and forth but CMU continued to cut into the lead that RRC had established in the first half. A huge turning point occurred when Zera Lynn Panesa fouled out with 3:57 to play and All Conference guard Sarah Townsend hit both free throws to bring CMU’s deficit to 58-49. Panesa’s scoring had slowed down considerably in the second half before she fouled out, but Boulanger continued to either make shots or get to the foul line, effectively slowing the game down and preventing CMU from generating enough momentum to catch up.

Remy Dickson shot 5-for-12 on the day and led all Blazers with 12 points. Brita Enns-Kutcy had a big game, grabbing 10 rebounds and finishing with 5 points. Boulanger led all scorers with 20 points and was named Tournament MVP.

Story by Kelly McGuiness/MCAC

2017 MCAC Men’s Basketball Final: CMU Upsets RRC 77-68

February 12, 2017

The CMU Blazers started hot out of the gate in the men’s Final on Sunday afternoon, getting a 16-8 lead on Red River early. Blazers third-year forward Sam Kinsley shot 3-for-8 and led the Blazers with 9 points in the first half, but it was the collective play of CMU that helped them spread the ball out and keep the lead early.

The Rebels – who were looking for their program’s ninth straight men’s basketball title – didn’t get a lead until the 4:50 mark of the third quarter when Jonathan Wilner scored a layup to put the Rebels up 47-45. At this point the youth of CMU’s roster looked to be finally catching up with them, and Red River kept pushing.

CMU Head coach Billy Isaac was forced to take a timeout with Red River leading 54-47 in hopes of stopping the momentum. But it appeared to keep rolling in Red River’s favour when Gliff Macalua, who finished the game with 9 points, hit a 3 shortly before the third quarter was over. But CMU inbounded the ball and got it up the court just time for Evan Klassen to bang a 3 in response, and the third quarter ended with the Rebels up 58-56.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Blazers began to take control of the game by reclaiming the lead and playing a strong defence against RRC’s Taylor Brown and Jon Wilner – the two players who had carried much of the offensive load for Red River this season.

“We needed to shut down Jonathan, because he’s obviously a big part of what Red River did” says CMU head coach, Billy Isaac.

The Blazers were able to curb Wilner’s scoring to 13 points on the day, making him shoot 5-for-15 and keeping him from getting comfortable in the lane where he was deadly against University of Winnipeg College in the semifinal. And after racking up 18 points in the first half, Taylor Brown would add just 4 more in the second half to finish the night with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals.

Late in the game with CMU leading by 14 and RRC struggling to hit shots from the outside, it began to look like CMU had wrapped up the 2017 Final. But a couple of costly turnovers led to Red River getting the ball back and RRC’s Paul Luzige hit a couple of big threes late to cut the lead to 5. Issac used his timeouts to slow the pace and remind his players what they needed to do to weather the storm.

“I told them our offence still needs to attack because we can’t just stall away the game. We need to still look to attack and be at the rim.”

CMU would get to the foul line and make enough free throws to push their lead out of reach, and when the final horn sounded it was CMU on top 77-68.

Junior forward Sam Kinsley was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, after finishing the Final with 15 points, 20 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. With a gold medal around his neck and a huge smile on his face, he spoke about his confidence entering Sunday’s Final.

“I knew it was gonna be a battle with both teams punching, making their runs, but I knew we were gonna win. The boys were peaking at the right time so I mean that might sound cocky, but I knew we had each other’s backs and I knew we were gonna play the best game we’ve played all year”.

The win is Canadian Mennonite University’s first men’s basketball title since they won back-to-back in 2008 and 2007.

MCAC Men’s Basketball Semifinal: #1 RRC defeats #4 U of W College 89-50

February 11, 2017

The University of Winnipeg entered their semifinal matchup with the hopes of treating a home crowd to a huge upset. Trailing by only a single bucket after the first quarter, the Wesmen were able to keep the game within reach going into the break down by only 10 points and holding all Rebel scorers to single digits. At the break, All-Conference guard Jonathan Wilner had scored 8 points while Taylor Brown posted 9 points and 7 rebounds. The Wesmen’s Dennis Cicak had already grabbed 9 boards and 5 points while guard Dhruv Barman led U of W with 6.

Trailing by 10 entering the third frame, U of W kept their composure for the first several possessions before Red River’s pedigree began to shine through and take over the game. A good indication of RRC’s depth was their 47 points off the bench compared to U of W’s 10. The Rebels were also feeling it from behind the three point stripe, with 4 players stroking 10 three pointers in the game.
Adam Rush led all Wesmen with 11 points while Taylor Brown led the Rebels with 16. Brown was named a Player of the Game as was the Wesmen’s Tyler Linklater.

Story by Kelly McGuiness/MCAC

2017 MCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinal: RRC defeats PUC 57-40

February 11, 2017

Entering the second women’s semifinal match of the day, Red River College knew they had to play a half decent offensive game in order to move on to Sunday’s final. Alternatively, Providence had the size and strength to defend Red River and knew that if they could slow the game down enough and keep regular season MVP Zera Lynn Panesa from getting too comfortable, they would have a shot at an upset. And really, both teams did a pretty good job at executing their game plan. Panesa was held to just 8 points on the entire game and Providence was able to keep Red River from scoring any more than 16 in each quarter. But PUC just never had the points production needed to get ahead and Red River methodically outscored the Pilots by a handful of points each quarter.

In the early stages of the first half, the Rebels implemented a full court press that sent PUC scrambling and RRC was able to play with a comfortable lead for much of the game.
Courtney Engel, PUC’s lone All-Conference selection this season, shot 1-for-11 from the field and was held to just 2 points but cleaned up 13 rebounds on the game. Guard Lauren Wiebe and centre Isabella Selk led Providence with 10 points.
Red River’s Lucija Golubic led Red River with 17 points and 4 steals. Zera Lynn Panesa and Isabella Selk were named Players of the Game.

Story by MCAC/Kelly McGuiness