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Despite Loss, A Step In The Right Direction

Though the match-victory continues to elude CMU, Tuesday night’s performance against the MCAC’s men’s volleyball powerhouse from Red River College showed signs that the good-ship Blazer has some wind in her sails and is pointing in the right direction.

After dropping the first set 25-16, Todd Reimer and the Blazers showed fight in the second set, eventually succumbing to the Rebels 25-23. The 5’10 power-hitter scored 15 kills on the night – his best offensive performance in a conference match to date this season.

The match appeared to be all but over in the third set, when regular libero Josh Ewert was selected to enter the rotation to serve for CMU, trailing 14-19. The 5th year showed poise, consistency and even a little venom from the service line, scoring for 8 points and an eventual 25-22 set-victory for the home team.

The momentum was somewhat short-lived as the Rebels rebounded in the fourth-set winning 25-19, but the flicker of promise appeared to grow bigger and brighter in what has been a challenging start for the Blazers. “Tonight was a good team effort”, said head coach Mark Kliewer, “It may not have been the win that we were hoping for, but we are really starting to put together better matches. We are getting better every day.”

Rest is short for the Blazers as they board a charter Thursday morning to Olds, Alberta where they will compete in the 2011 Western Canadian College Volleyball Championships on Friday Saturday. CMU has been grouped with Prairie Bible Institute, Kelsey College (SIAST) last year’s men’s champions, and the hosts from Olds College. Live action of the gold medal matches can be seen live streaming at www.gobroncos.ca/index.php/western-canadians on Saturday evening.

 

RRC wins 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19)

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