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An Immediate Impact: Reeves Wins Conference Most Valuable Player Honours

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Big things were expected from Women's Volleyball's Katie Reeves when she made plans last spring to transfer from the CIS's Brandon Bobcats and join the CMU Blazers. The 5'8 product of Winnipeg's MBCI has not disappointed.

Coming off a high school volleyball career where Reeves helped MBCI produce two MHSAA 'AAAA' Girls Provincial Championships and finding herself ranked as the #4 player in the Winnipeg Sun's Annual Top-10 Players Poll in her Grade 12 season, the Blazers new they were getting an attacker who could help take the close knit veteran group to new heights in the 2016-17 season.

Now, winners of seven consecutive regular season matches entering Saturday's Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference 2017 Final Four semifinal, Reeves and the Blazers hold a season record of 16-4 and have their eyes set on competing to win their first conference championship in Women's Volleyball since 2010.

"This year's team is one of the strongest we've had at CMU," says head coach Evelyn Kampen, "Katie has fit in so well with the team and has shown what an amazing scorer and defender she is all season. She is very deserving of the recognition that she receives."

Reeves is the first CMU Women's Volleyball player to earn Regular Season Most Valuable Player honours since her head coach was selected the MCAC's top player in the 2009-10 season after Kampen transferred to CMU from the Trinity Western Spartans.

Along with Reeves, fourth year middle attacker Rayzanna Kehler (Rempel) received her first All-Conference selection in her final season with the Blazers. A leader on and off the court for her team, Kehler has seen her team improve from a 3-17 sixth-place finish in her second season, to their current #2 ranking entering this weekend's Final Fours and a date with the St-Boniface Rouges in Saturday's 2:00 pm semifinal.

"Ray is such a steady force for us and it is great to see her being recognized for the greater player and leader that she is." added Kampen.

With a win on Saturday, CMU will move on to face the winner of the other MCAC Women's Semifinal: #1 Providence versus #4 Red River Rebels, who ended tied in points with the ACC Cougars on the final day of the regular season and qualified for this weekend's Championship on Total Sets Won. Sunday's 2017 MCAC Women's Volleyball Championship Final is scheduled for 1:00 pm. All matches in the 2017 MCAC Final Four Championships are hosted at the University of St-Boniface.

   

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