Rebels Athletics and Recreation Services are excited to bring the Lunch and Learn series to the college this school year. Come participate and interact with fitness, exercise, and wellness professionals as they present on wide array of active living topics. Read More →
The Futsal community is alive and well in Manitoba – and if you don’t believe it, then you must not have been at Canadian Mennonite University on Sunday for the 2015 MCAC Futsal Championships. Read More →
By Mario De Negri
Fitness Coordinator, Rebels Athletics and Recreation Services
It’s come to that time of year where most of us have not only given up on our New Years resolutions but more importantly just recalled we had some. What’s so fascinating about this is that now that we have brought it back to the forefront of our thoughts, most, and I’m saying close to all of us will still not do anything about it. Read More →
If this weekend’s Volleyball Final Fours have taught us anything, it is to never judge a volleyball game by its first set. Despite two lop-sided opening frames at Assiniboine Community College on Sunday, the crowd was treated to two excellent volleyball matches to put a cap on the 2014-2015 volleyball season. Read More →
In a day of volleyball where games followed the script the standings wrote for them, it took a classic MCAC rivalry in the final hour to turn it all on its head. Read More →
As today’s Final Fours got underway, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference revealed its All-Conference Teams and Most Valuable Players in both men and women’s volleyball to fans, players, and coaches at Assiniboine Community College.
The selections were based on votes by the member schools’ coaches and are listed below:
Most Valuable Player – Ty Loewen, Red River College
Jean-Bocar Diallo – Université de Saint-Boniface
Matt Friesen – Providence University College
Erik Redekopp – Red River College
Joel Kliewer – Canadian Mennonite University
Kevin Bommersbach – Red River College
Jason Friesen – Canadian Mennonite University
Most Valuable Player – Shayna Staerk, Providence University College
Talia Paetsch – University of Winnipeg College
Katelyn Corbin – Providence University College
Lauren Toews – Providence University College
Hailey Hildebrand – University of Winnipeg College
Keisha-Mae Kaddu – Université de Saint-Boniface
Stephanie Willey – Assiniboine Community College
Story by Joey Traa-MCAC
After five months of match-points, clean-sweeps, and fifth-sets, the MCAC volleyball season will reach a conclusion this weekend in Brandon, Manitoba, as Assiniboine Community College hosts the 2015 Volleyball Final Fours.
In the women’s division, there’s a lot to be excited about as far as storylines go. Kicking off the day is the defending champion University of Winnipeg College Wesmen taking on Université de Saint-Boniface. The College Wesmen will be championship-or-bust this year after knocking off the undefeated Pilots in last year’s Final Fours, but face a solid Saint-Boniface team who has certainly earned the right to not be taken lightly.
The final women’s match of the day will see the host team from Assiniboine Community College look to ride their home crowd to success against the Providence Pilots. Providence has won the title four of the past five seasons, and would love nothing more than to avenge last season’s defeat, but the Cougars have some serious firepower at the net and will try to upset a Pilots team who have only lost once this season.
On the men’s side, the Red River Rebels will try to keep their undefeated season alive against Université de Saint-Boniface. The Les Rouges are coming off big back-to-back victories against CMU and Providence, while the Rebels were mere points away from last year’s championship, and are itching to get back to the mountain once again.
In the final match of the day, the Providence/CMU rivalry will be sparked up once again as the Pilots and Blazers will fight for a birth in the finals. These two teams’ talents have shone in spurts this year, and whoever is able to peak at the perfect time will have a real shot at winning it all this season.
Below is the schedule for the Volleyball Final 4’s. Admission for this event is free for all ages.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Women’s Semi-final #1: USB vs UW 12:00 pm
Men’s Semi-final #1: USB vs RRC 2:00 pm
Women’s Semi-final #2: ACC vs PUC 4:00 pm
Men’s Semi-final #2: PUC vs CMU 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Women’s Championship: 12:00 pm
Men’s Championship: 2:00 pm
Before each Saturday match, the MCAC will hand out its All-Conference Team selections and regular season MVP awards to those athletes participating.
Story by Joey Traa-MCAC
Joey Traa-MCAC: It certainly wasn’t easy, but for the fourth straight year the Rebels basketball teams can also be called champions in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.
In front of packed crowds at Canadian Mennonite University, the Red River College women’s basketball team took home their fourth-straight title defeating the Blazers 36-34, while the men earned their unprecedented seventh-straight MCAC Championship defeating the Pilots 65-35.
In the past, the Rebels teams have found their success with their high-powered offensive lineups overwhelming the competition – but today it was all about defence. By only allowing their opponents a combined 87 points in the two championship games, the Rebels pushed their way to a new chapter of their legacy through a physical, high-intensity brand of basketball that may not have shown up in the box score, but engraved their name on the trophy all the same.
In the first match of the day, the women’s Rebels were up against CMU’s home crowd, and a number-two seed team coming off a statement victory against the Pilots in the semifinal.
After the Blazers kicked the game off with a 7-2 run, the first half quickly turned into a defensive clinic. With tough battles for rebounds, quick turnovers, and exceptional hustle from both teams, the first twenty minutes ended with the Blazers up 19-17, and with no players registering more than five points in the half.
The style of the game stayed the same in the third quarter, but the Rebels began to turn it on to get back in the game, and keep their chances of a four-peat alive. Leading the charge for the Rebels was tournament MVP Zara Lynn Panesa, who’s smooth dribbling skills, and exceptional court-awareness gave them the edge they needed to gain control of the game.
However, the Blazers would not be let down easy, almost always finding an answer on both ends of the floor until the very end. After holding possession for almost the entire final minute, it all came down to one last run as the Blazers grabbed the ball with four-seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately for CMU, the final shot sailed off the mark, and the Rebels celebrated what has become a familiar site throughout the years.
The men’s final was a physical battle, and the 44 free throw attempts in the game told that story well. Although the Pilots showed moments of strength, the Rebels had the edge in the first half. With a 36-23 lead, the Rebels were out muscling Providence, and used their defence to stifle any groove the Pilots tried to get themselves in.
The second half was where the fireworks started, as Providence used their sense of desperation to will themselves back into the game. Led by some huge buckets by Rigueson Desorvil, and exceptional defence at the rim by Raymond Hiebert, the Pilots came alive, cutting the Rebels lead down to one. That was, until tournament MVP Evan Walker turned the game around.
Using his speed and strength, Walker forced his way to the rim or to the free throw line again and again, frustrating a Pilots defence that was desperate for some much needed turnovers. Walker’s 20 points, ten rebounds, and three assists, combined with clutch shooting from Kevin Quirante and his 15-point game appeared to be the difference. Despite a strong effort until the very end, the Rebels ability to keep the pressure on was simply too much for the Pilots to charge back from – and the Rebels were crowned champions once again.
Today’s finals marked the end of a great basketball season in the MCAC. Despite two more Rebels titles added to the list, it was a season where league-parity was evident every week. A big congratulations goes out to Red River College’s basketball program, but also to all of those who participated in and supported the MCAC season this year.
Story and Photos by Joey Traa-MCAC
In a day of dominant basketball, day one of the MCAC Final 4’s saved the best for last as the Providence Pilots finished the semifinals by advancing to the MCAC Championships in a high-tempo back-and-fourth battle against the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen.
Joining Providence in the Men’s Final is Red River College, who will be looking to win their unprecedented seventh straight MCAC title. On the women’s side, it will be Canadian Mennonite University with a home crowd on their side, against the Rebels, who will be trying to capture their fourth title in a row.
To read the rest of the championship preview, please visit: http://www.mcacathletics.ca/2015/02/mcac-basketball-championship-match-ups.html#gsc.tab=0