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Blazers Don’t Mind Playing Under-dog Role

Veteran leadership, balanced scoring and improving depth are just three of the reasons why the #4-ranked CMU men’s volleyball team feel that they could pull-off an upset next weekend when they face the first-place University of Winnipeg College Wesmen the semi-final of the 2012 MCAC men’s volleyball championships at Providence University College in Otterburne.

The Blazers hosted the conference’s top team in their final matches of the regular season last weekend and despite dropping both matches, CMU found a way to carry momentum out of the matches. After losing 3-1 on Friday night, a match that included a 26-24 third-game with the match tied 1-1, the Blazers pushed Saturday’s match to a tie-break eventually succumbing to the College Wesmen 15-10.

CMU got excellent performances from left-sides Todd Reimer (13 kills) and Shawn Franz (10 kills) as well as a brilliant performance from fourth-year middle Josh Krueger who posted 8 kills and extinguished countless Wesmen middle-attacks, combining on 8 stuff-blocks.

The Blazers also took time to recognize the accomplishments of fifth-year libero Josh Ewert who played in his final home match on Saturday afternoon. Ewert has been a regular-face in the CMU backrow for half-a-decade and hopes to help CMU to a first-round upset and a championship run in Otterburne next weekend.

The Blazers will take the court against the College Wesmen in Providence’s Jubilee Gymnasium on Friday, February 24 at 4 pm. The CMU women will play the #4 ranked College Wesmen women in the earliest semi-final at 2 pm.

 

 

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