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Bronze Medal Performance For Women’s Volleyball In 2019 Adidas Cup

Bronze felt almost as good as Gold for Women's Volleyball on Sunday afternoon as the Blazers scored their highest-placing in four previous attempts at the Adidas Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, equaling and then taking their 2012 semifinal appearance once step further by defeating the Cambrian Golden Shield 3-1 in the third-place game.

Advancing into the semifinals out of Pool B was a task in itself for the Blazers who found themselves grouped with the Seneca Sting and nationally-ranked Fanshawe Falcons. Down 0-2 to Seneca, CMU bounced back winning in five sets before falling 1-3 to the CCAA's #5 ranked Fanshawe who would go on to win their second consecutive Adidas Cup on Sunday afternoon, defeating the host Durham Lords in the Championship Final.

Finishing second in Pool B, the Blazers found themselves matched-up with the Algonquin Thunder in quarterfinal action who finished third in Pool C. CMU showed resilience against the Thunder after falling behind 0-1 and 1-2, the Blazers would win the fourth set 25-18 and advance to the semifinal on a 15-9 fifth set victory.

The Championship semifinal was the final stop for Blazers in 2012, but recent years has seen the midseason OCAA Women's Volleyball tournament add a bronze medal final where CMU faced the Loyalist Lancers, who despite finishing 3rd in Pool A, advanced to the semifinals on the back of a big win over the Niagara Knights, only to find themselves playing for third-place by losing to Fanshawe.

The Blazers had little trouble with Loyalist, winning 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 27-29, 25-14) to win bronze of the dozen teams that competed in the 2019 Adidas Cup. Joining CMU for their first tournament appearance in Oshawa was MCAC-sisters USB Rouges. Les Rouges finished second in Pool A, finishing seventh by defeating the Georgian Grizzlies in the 7/8 Final.

CMU captain Jana Klassen was the lone-Blazer selected as a tournament all-star along with Loyalist's Lorraine Spellman, Durham's Jessica Joensen and Althea Bonchef, and Fanshawe's Janelle Albert and Danielle Grasman. Fanshawe's Meghan Morelli was selected the 2019 Adidas Cup Most Valuable Player.

Women's Volleyball returns to MCAC action this weekend on Friday night when they face the Rebels at Red River College before returning home on Saturday night to host the Providence Pilots at 6:00pm.


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