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Men’s Volleyball Grows Adding Three From Across The Province

CMU head coach Don Dulder announced the commitments of a trio of additions to the Blazers Men's Volleyball program this week as the team embarks on their first competitive season in the MCAC that includes a CCAA National Championship berth for the Manitoba provincial champions. The three newest Blazers hail from across Manitoba; Morris High School's, Bryce Neustater, Treherne Collegiate Institute's, Quinton Lawson-Haddock and Shaftesbury High School's, Stephen Ingram.

BRYCE NEUSTATER

Neustater left his mark on the Morris boy's volleyball program after helping the Mavericks to their first zone championship in eight years in 2019. The accomplishment garnered the attention of the Manitoba High School Athletics Association as well as Neustater's southern Manitoba high school, who recognized the 6'1 left side as their Athlete of the Week. Neustater would captain his high school program for his Grade 10 and Grade 11 years, but like all high school players from across the province, Neustater lost his senior year to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Bryce is the consummate team player,' said Dulder. "He is the kind of guy that is first in the gym to set up the nets… eager to train and improve as a player. He is a good passer and can play left side or as a middle. He will bring the type of character to our team that I believe will build our team up and add to our already strong cohension."

As a club player, Neustater has spent most of his youth development years with the Junior Pilots program with a brief stop at the 17-u level with Winman Wild. Playing mostly as a middle, Neustater helped the Pilots to back to back silver medals at club provincials in 2018 and 2019.

QUINTON LAWSON-HADDOCK

Hailing from tiny Treherne Collegiate, Lawson-Haddock's youth volleyball career may not boast the opportunities and experiences as most players who live closer to the volleyball hub of Winnipeg, but Dulder has high hopes for the 'A' high school player.

"Quinton is a 6'1 middle who has a lot of potential. I am hoping that we can help bring that out," said Dulder. "He needs the opportunity to train and develop at a higher level as the MCAC game is much faster than what he is used to. I think that with hard work and exposure to college training, Quinton can develop into a good MCAC player for us."

Lawson-Haddock has seen his share of high school volleyball successes with Treherne, qualifying for provincials in both years of junior varsity competition and finishing in 2nd place at the 2019 'A' varsity boys provincials.

STEPHEN INGRAM

Described by Dulder as; "a 6-foot left side who hits hard", Ingram will be on very familiar ground when he joins the Blazers in September. Ingram's high school stands directly across from the CMU Charleswood campus on the corner of Grant Avenue and Shaftesbury Boulevard.

Not known as a volleyball powerhouse in Winnipeg, Ingram had high expectations for the Shaftesbury program in 2020 prior to the season being cancelled due to the pandemic. The Titans were coming off a strong 2019 campaign that saw the team win the WWAC Tier 2 Championship and with a rotation that boasted many senior-year athletes, including Ingram, Shaftesbury were hoping for an even stronger 2020.

Ingram has been the beneficiary of solid coaching and great club development programs at 204 and Winman Volleyball clubs. The outside-hitter had two very impactful foundation years with 204 Gold, finishing third at provincials and fifth at nationals as a 14-u player and was recognized as the top player with 204 at 15-u despite a less impressive run at club provincials (5th) and nationals (2nd – Div 1/Tier 3) the following season. After illness cut short his 16-u season with Winman Wild and taking a break from club volleyball last year, Dulder has no doubt that Ingram will be back up to speed and be able to bolster CMU's outside attacking options in the future.

"Stephen has really good club experience and I know that with some hard work and good training, he will give us the depth we need at left side to challenge both provincially and nationally in the coming years," added Dulder.

The 2022 CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championships are scheduled to take place in Quebec City next March with the champions of the PacWest, ACAC, OCAA, RSEQ, ACAA, MCAC, the hosts, CEGEP Limoilou and one wild-card team, meeting to challenge for top-prize. The reigning CCAA Men's Volleyball Champions are the Capilano Blues (PacWest) who upset the top-ranked Humber Hawks (OCAA) in Fredericton, New Brunswick last March.

 

 

 

 

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