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Women’s Volleyball Faces Test Match Against Defending Conference Champs

The once mighty CMU Women's Volleyball team appears to be re-emerging as a program that is capable of challenging for an MCAC banner this season, after the Blazers missed the playoffs for the first time in the conference's history in 2015. Riding a modest two game winning streak that included victories over the USB Rouges and Red River Rebels, the Blazers host the current conference leaders and two time defending conference champions, the University of Winnipeg, on Friday night.

The two teams met very early in the MCAC calendar, on October 25th, in a match that ended 3-2 in favour of the undefeated College Wesmen. In fact the current winning streak that the College Wesmen boast dates back to January 16th and now spans fourteen matches including regular season and playoffs.

New CMU head coach Evelyn Kampen, along with assistant coach Kristen Coleman, are certainly not strangers to this kind of winning pattern. With Kampen and Postma (Coleman) in the rotation for the Blazers, CMU Women's Volleyball went two seasons with only one loss in 36 regular season matches, spanning the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

"The advantage of playing against an undefeated team is that you have no pressure on yourself and they have all the pressure on them," said the first year coach, "we have a high winning percentage for the first set of matches and it will be important for us to come out strong and maintain that focus throughout the game to give ourselves momentum and an emotional edge."

Women's Volleyball would love to get themselves back into a position as conference front-runners this season in what appears to be a very competitive 2015-16 MCAC schedule.

"We are a very offensive team both in our attacking and in our serving," added Kampen, "I want to see us use these strengths tonight while staying confident in reception and communication. If we do that, we will be difficult to beat."

The Blazers host the University of Winnipeg tonight with first serve scheduled for 7 pm in the Loewen Athletic Centre. From there, Women's Volleyball travels to Brandon to meet the ACC Cougars and to Otterburne to face the Providence Pilots on November 20th and 21st.



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