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Challenging Volleyball Weekend For CMU

The inaugural CMU Challenge Cup proved to itself to be a difficult preseason test for the Blazers.

The four-team round-robin tournament gave spectators a very entertaining volleyball weekend with no single team going undefeated in the round-robin portion and a final that saw Winnipeg’s Red River College defeat Lakeland College of Lloydminister, Alberta in straight sets on Saturday evening.

In the third-place match, the home team dropped a 3-1 decision to Thunder Bay’s Lakehead University. The veteran Blazer squad were hardly outmatched despite ending with an 0-4 record through the tournament. CMU cruised to a first-set victory in their opening match against Lakeland only to squander their lead over the next three sets to drop the match 3-1. It was a similar story in their Friday evening contest with Lakehead, losing 3-1 after taking the first set from the Thunderwolves.

Despite a small crowd, Saturday morning’s all-MCAC match-up was thoroughly entertaining. Again the home team came out strong taking the first set, only to see the defending Manitoba champions sweep the next three to take the match.

Among the standouts for CMU was first-year setter and local-product Selanne Sangalang. Sangalang showed himself to be an flashy, young setter who is capable of distributing the ball very well to his hitters and has a knack for turning a difficult pass into an exciting attacking play. Sangalang saw significant action for CMU in their Saturday morning match with eventual champions Red River and will push for a place in the rotation this season.

Todd Reimer led the way for the Blazers with 34 kills over 4 matches while Shawn Franz added 29 in support. Josh Krueger was CMU’s leading blocker with 11 stuff blocks over the weekend.

“This was a great way to start our preseason”, commented CMU head coach Mark Kliewer, “The matches were all very evenly played and anyone could have won.”

The next preseason action for CMU is October 14-15 when the Blazers travel to Toronto to compete in the Seneca Cup Challenge at Seneca College.

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