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Unable to Repeat Against Feisty Rebels

For the CMU women’s volleyball team, playing the Red River Rebels on Tuesday night for the second time this season was not as rewarding as their first meeting. The Blazers’ first-year middle Leah Dyck, collected the very first point of the opening set, but the Rebels refused to allow that spark to ignite a CMU victory. The Rebels overcame the Blazers with a 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-18, 25-18).

Despite the loss, the Blazers displayed defensive determination – there always seemed to be someone diving for the ball. Coach Andrea Harrison commented after the game, “We definitely had good moments and good plays and in certain moments people played well but there was no one that stepped up for us tonight.” Harrison knew the Rebels would be tough competitors, “I expected them to come out and play hard, so I can’t really say anything surprised me. I would have liked to have us play better.”

In a post-game interview, first-year middle blocker, Alanna Johnson equated the loss to a lack of energy and team spirit, ”as things started to spiral out of our control we got down on ourselves and it was a really disappointing finish.”

The Blazers will regroup after the home defeat as they prepare to represent Manitoba at the Western Canadian Volleyball Championships next weekend in Olds, Aberta. CMU enters as the two-time defending champions after defeating King’s University College of Edmonton in last season’s gold medal match, 3-1.

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