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Men’s Volleyball Inks Outside Hitter And Setter Combo With Big Potential

With the 2018 MCAC Men's Volleyball Final Four Championships only days away, the CMU Men's Volleyball Program is pleased to announce the commitments of Vincent Massey's Brock Carmichael and Lord Selkirk's Tim Juvonen for the 2018-19 season.

Carmichael, an explosive 6'1 outside hitter from Brandon's Vincent Massey High School led the Vikings to the 2017 MHSAA 'AAAA' Boys Provincial Championship as the #11 ranked team last November. The Vikings began the tournament by upsetting the #6 ranked Miles Mac Buckeyes but would later be eliminated in five sets by the Dakota Lancers.

With his BVC (Brandon Volleyball Club) 17u team last spring, Carmichael and his club finished fourth in the Tier 1 Division 2 Canadian Club Nationals; a top 16 finish. He also competed with Team Manitoba at the NTCC (National Team Challenge Cup) at the 16u level.

"Brock is a very hard working, focused player who is very dedicated to see improvements in his abilities," said Blazers' head coach Don Dulder. "He is an extremely versatile player who can play left side or right side for us. He also adds great passing ability, so he's a really nice addition to our roster."

Juvonen is a 6'1 setter from the powerful Lord Selkirk Royals program; winners of the KPAC zone championships three years running and the reigning 2017 MHSAA 'AAAA' Boys Provincial Champions after the Royals defeated their KPAC rivals, River East Collegiate 3-1 in the Provincial Gold Medal Final.

Awards have followed Juvonen for much of his Grade 12 season beginning with Most Valuable Player honours at the MBCI tournament and St. Vital Tournament and later a Provincial 'AAAA' All-Star recognition and MHSAA Graduating All-Star.

"Tim is a top-notch setter. One of the best in the province this year at the high school level," said Dulder. "We are very fortunate to have him. He runs a very sophisticated offense, is a good blocker and has a great jump serve. He is an excellent team leader which is a really important quality in his position."

Like Carmichael, Juvonen competed in the National Team Challenge Cup at the 16u level on a second, Team Manitoba. In fact, the two new teammates competed against each other at the tournament with Carmichael's Team Manitoba emerging as the victors. Juvonen was a member of the Selkirk Royals Club program at the 16u level, Tsunami at 17u's and is currently running the offense for the Winnipeg Rush 18u boys in the 2018 club season.

The Blazers are entering the MCAC Men's Volleyball Championship as the #2 ranked team after losing their final match of the regular season last Friday night at Providence, 3-1. The Pilots needed to beat CMU in four sets or less to break the first-place tie and claim top-spot entering this weekend's provincial championships, and that is exactly what transpired. The Blazers step onto the court against the #3 ranked USB Rouges on Saturday at 2:00 pm at Red River College, who are hosts at this weekend's Championship event.  

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