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Looking Ahead: Men’s Volleyball Announces First Recruit of 2021-22

Just days after the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference announced the cancellation of the 2020-21 regular seasons, attention is turning to 2021-22, hilighted by the unveiling of CMU's first recruit, Linden Christian's Caleb Kirton. Kirton has honed his skills most recently with local Winnipeg club program, Tsunami and spent previous seasons at 204 and Winman Volleyball Club.

"We are very excited to have Caleb joining us," said CMU head coach Don Dulder. "Caleb has extensive club and high school experience and he is willing to do whatever is best for the team. He is excited to play at the college-level and will bring some really good intangibles to the program. I am eager to see how he develops at this level of play."

Kirton knows first hand the pain of a lost season, as the 6'1 outside hitter, like so many others, witnessed his senior year of high school competition fall victim to the pandemic restrictions. As a grade 11 player, Kirton helped the Wings to a second-place finish in the 2019 'AAA' Boys High School Provincials where he featured mostly as a middle. As a JV player, the Wings advanced to compete in 'AAAA' where Linden Christian landed in third place.

The pathway into the MCAC, from Linden Christian to CMU, has been well travelled. Trailblazers that have paved the way for Kirton include current team captains Jack Tyrrell and Carter Hofer who have played huge roles in the wave of success that has followed the CMU program within Manitoba. Added to the group of Linden graduates who have added to the pipeline are former CMU setter Jacob Janzen and middle blocker Josh Silvestri.

"I have known many poeple that have played Blazers volleyball and I am excited to fill their shoes," said Kirton. "To play volleyball at the university level has been a dream of mine since I was a child, and I wouldn't want to fulfill that dream with any other team than the Blazers and in the MCAC."

Kirton will be enter the program as a first-year player in what will be the first year that the MCAC will step into full membership in the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association. Beyond the opportunity to receive many individual awards of national recognition, teams representing the MCAC will receive their first National Championship berth beginning in 2021-22. 

 

   

 

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