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Blazers Are Ready To Face Rebel Forces

IMG_9801After a straight-set victory over the Seneca Sting to close out the Seneca Cup Challenge October 19th and another straight-set win last Saturday night to open their 2013-14 MCAC Conference schedule at University of St-Boniface, the men’s volleyball team enters Friday night’s home opener with their sails full, ready for a date with the defending Conference Champions, Red River College.

The play of the rookies can be credited for the rise of the Blazers in the preseason and their win over USB last weekend. Setter Jason Friesen and left-side Joel Kliewer have continued to be a powerful tandem as they enter the MCAC after putting up prolific offensive numbers in ‘AAAA’ last season with the Westgate Wings. Couple that with the positive play of fellow Westgate graduate Josh Neustaedter Barg swinging middle, and the Blazers have their hopes high that they can pull off a home court win in their debut Friday night.

“We already have some chemistry,” said 6’3″ Friesen when asked to comment on their early success, “seeing as a lot of us are newcomers, we don’t really have expectations of how we are supposed to do against each team. We just need to go into every game with the confidence that if we play our game, we’re going to do well.”

Friesen combined with Kliewer for 8 kills while Neustaedter Barg added 6 over three sets, leading the Blazers to scores of 25-23, 25-23, and 25-20 in Saturday night’s win at St-Boniface.

If last weekend’s MCAC volleyball scores provide any indication of Friday’s home opener for CMU, fans can anticipate a back-and-forth, entertaining match. Red River and St-Boniface met last Friday night in a match that needed a fifth set to determine a winner, and the Rebels came away the victors.

The women will also be in action versus Red River, with the first-serve scheduled for 6 pm; the men follow at 8 pm. On Sunday evening, the Blazers travel to University of Winnipeg to face the College Wesmen at 6 pm and 8 pm at the Duckworth Centre.



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