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Back On Track; Blazers Down USB In Straight Sets Home Win

CMU won their second consecutive MCAC men's volleyball match, a straight sets victory over Universite de St-Boniface to improve their conference record to 10-2 on Saturday night. Winners of their first eight league matches of 2019-20, the Blazers' fell off their mistake-free form in recent weeks, ending November with a five-set loss to the defending conference champions, Providence and then starting the New Year with a four-set loss to the Pilots on home court.

A 3-1 victory over USB in St-Boniface on January 17th set CMU up to recover their early season dominance with a win at the Loewen Athletic Centre and despite falling behind in the second set to their guests, the Blazers would make short work of the fourth-place Rouges winning in three.

Rookie left-side Cam Gayleard was the offensive leader for the hosts, counting a game-high 12 kills including an vital solo block to tie the second set 12-12 after the Blazers had fallen behind USB, 12-8. Jack Tyrrell would also make a big impact for CMU in the second set, first by pounding Cam Chan's quick-set for a kill to provide his team with an important sideout at 16-17 for the visitors. The fourth-year middle would score another, trailing 19-21 to force a USB timeout. Out of the timeout, Gayleard came alive in the front row with two more kills, allowing CMU to poke their noses into a brief advantage.

After Carter Hofer blasted a kill to bring a sideout and set-point, Tyrrell served his team-high 4th ace to steal the set for CMU. Tyrrell would finish the match with 4 solo blocks in his two sets of action, to lead the Blazers.

CMU would go on to win the third set 25-19 to earn their 10th win and align themselves to move into a first-place tie with idle Providence on Sunday afternoon with a win over the Red River Rebels. The Pilots won both their matches in Brandon on Friday and Saturday, edging the third-place ACC Cougars.

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