Rebels Ty Loewen Named MCAC Men’s Volleyball MVP

February 21, 2015

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:

Men’s Volleyball

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

Women’s Volleyball

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

MCAC Final Four Preview

February 20, 2015

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

Rebels Wins Double MCAC Basketball Gold

February 15, 2015

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

MCAC Basketball Championships Set

February 15, 2015

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.

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Rebels Lloyd Hildebrand and Susanna Namgung named MCAC Basketball MVPs

February 15, 2015

As todays Final Fours got underway, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference revealed its All-Conference Teams and Most Valuable Players in both men’s and women’s basketball to fans, players, and coaches at Canadian Mennonite University.

The selections were based on votes by the member schools’ coaches and are listed below:

Men’s Basketball

Most Valuable Player – Lloyd Hildebrand, Red River College
Stephen Ralko – University of Winnipeg College
Taylor Brown – Red River College
Romeo KC – Providence University College
Rigueson Desorvil – Providence University College
Eric Johnson – Providence University College

Women’s Basketball

Most Valuable Player – Susanna Namgung, Red River College
Zara Lynn Panesa – Red River College
Cassie Wiebe – Canadian Mennonite University
Tiara Licsi – Canadian Mennonite University
Tianna Mighty – Canadian Mennonite University
Isabella Selk – Providence University College

Rebels Weekend Wrap-February 6-8

February 9, 2015

Chalk up another successful weekend for the Red River College Athletics program, with all six varsity teams in MCAC regular season action.

The Rebel’s men’s and women’s basketball teams finished their respective regular seasons on winning notes, sweeping a pair of games against Providence University College Friday night. The women Rebels defeated the Pilots 63-55, led by their sensational Freshmen backcourt, Susie Namgung (21 points) and Zeralynn Panesa (20 points). The Rebels finished the season with a sparking 13-2 record. The men’s team finished their season with a near perfect 14-1 record after defeating PUC in a high scoring game, 91-85. The Rebels had four players score in double figures, with Taylor Brown leading the way with 27 points.

Both Rebels teams finished first within the MCAC standings, and will be listed as the favorites going into the playoffs this weekend. The women will face the University of Winnipeg Wesmen in one semi at 4:00PM on Saturday, February 14th with the winner facing either the PUC Pilots or Canadian Mennonite University Blazers in the Championship Final, 2:00PM Sunday February 15th. The men will face the Blazers in their semi at 2:00PM on Saturday, with the winner facing either the Wesmen or Pilots on Sunday in the Championship Final at 4:00PM. All games will be held at CMU.

Rebels Men’s Volleyball continues to roll, defeating CMU at home Friday night 3-0 (25-10,25-23,25-20) and improved their perfect MCAC record to 15-0 on the season. The Rebels have already clinched first place for playoff seeding, and are peaking at the right time coming into the post season. The women Rebels also found themselves in the win column on Friday night, defeating the Blazers 3-2 (15-25,25-23,21-25,25-8,15-11). Both teams finish the regular season in Providence this Friday with the women’s game starting at 6:00PM.

The Rebels women’s futsal team entered the 2nd stage of the season with a perfect 3-0 record, and was able to remain unbeaten after defeating CMU 9-1 and drawing even with St.Boniface 3-3 and PUC 5-5. Elizabeth Codville led the Rebels with 5 goals on the weekend, including a hat trick against PUC, along with some steady goaltending by Brittany Loschiavo.

The men’s Rebels did not fare as well, dropping two lopsided games on Saturday, 8-3 to CMU and 13-2 to USB. They were able to recover on Sunday, defeating PUC 7-1, and improve their league record to 3-3. Both teams next head to Providence February 28-March 1 for the third stage of the MCAC season.



Rebels Weekend Wrap: January 30-31

January 31, 2015

The Rebels men’s volleyball team continued their dominant season Friday night at the North Gym defeating les Rouges from St. Boniface University 3-1(22-25, 25-14, 25-13, 28-26). With the win the Rebels improved their perfect MCAC league tally to 14-0, along with a sparkling 42-10 sets won record. The men’s team has clinched first place, and will begin their playoff run Saturday February 21st at Assiniboine Community College Brandon. Read More →

Rebels Weekend Wrap: Jan 23-25

January 26, 2015

All six Rebels sports teams were in action this weekend across the province proudly representing Red River College as student-athletes.

In basketball, the women’s team clinched first place in the MCAC with a 74-42 win over the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. The women’s record improves to 11-2 in league play. The men’s team suffered it’s first loss of the year, now with a 12-1 record, losing to the Wesmen 67-54. They had already clinched first place for the playoffs, which take place at Canadian Mennonite University February 14-15. Both teams next league matches occur Saturday January 31st at home against CMU starting at 6PM in the North Gym. Read More →