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All Silver Linings for CMU Volleyball Squads

1479370_734699599893480_1277569006_nThe CMU women’s and men’s volleyball squads returned from Saskatoon Sunday morning, both teams fresh off of winning silver at the Western Canadian Volleyball Championships.  The tournament is made up of teams comparable to the MCAC from Alberta in the ACAC and ACAL, Saskatchewan in the PAC, and Manitoba in the MCAC.

The women were up against a nine-team field, and finished the round robin with wins over the Palliser College Panthers (Moose Jaw, SK), Millar College of the Bible Edge (Pambrun, SK), and Prairie Bible Institute Pilots (Three Hills, AB), along with a loss to fellow MCAC member Les Rouges de Université de Saint-Boniface.  The quarterfinals saw the Blazers send home Assiniboine Community College  from Brandon of the MCAC in straight sets.  A huge third set comeback in the semifinal against the Ambrose College Lions (Calgary, AB) solidified the women’s spot in the finals match-up versus the host SIAST Kelsey Amaruks.  The Kelsey fans were out in force to cheer on the home-side squad, and ultimately the Blazers could not match the powerful Amaruks, falling 0-2, but gaining them the silver medal.  Krista Aitken (below), the starting right-side for the Blazers was named Tournament All-Star.

936510_734709523225821_1131102158_nOn the eight-team men’s side, the Blazers fell to the Ambrose Lions 0-2 in their first game of the tournament, but rebounded to defeat Les Rouges de USB 2-0, followed by the Kelsey Amaruks 2-0 in round robin play.  The Blazers downed the Prairie Pilots 2-0 in the quarterfinals, which saw left-side Joel Kliewer earn ten aces during the match.  The men faced familiar foes Les Rouges de USB in the semifinals, and sent them home after a 2-1 win.  The Blazers matched up once again against the Ambrose Lions in the final, and were bested, this time in three sets to take home silver as well.  Consistent play and solid blocking earned setter Jason Friesen Tournament All-Star honours.

With MCAC league play finished for the semester, the Blazers now look forward to volleyball ID camps prior to the Christmas break and will prepare to open the second half of their season at home, January 10th against Providence.

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