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Highly Touted Haelen Hanna Adds Talent and Tenacity to Blazers WVB

2023.03.22 @ 10:45 AM • Women's Volleyball

Highly Touted Haelen Hanna Adds Talent and Tenacity to Blazers WVB

The CMU Women's Volleyball program is very pleased to announce the commitment of Haelen Hanna for the 2023-24 MCAC season. The Dakota Collegiate and Manitoba Provincial 18U Team product is projected to bring tenacity on defence and a strong leadership potential to the Blazers' squad this year.

Hanna joins the Blazers with strong references from all of her recent high school and club coaches, under whom she has developed into a premier-level libero in the province.  Coming out of the strong volleyball program at Dakota Collegiate Hanna joins 2022-23 women's volleyball addition Julia Sawatzky as the most recent Lancers to make to switch from black and gold to the green and gold of CMU.  In her final year of high school play Hanna was named an MHSAA Graduating All-Star, and a "AAAA" Divisional Finals Player of the game en route to their run at the Manitoba Provincial Championships.  Her high school coach, Kelly Bowen, speaks of Hanna very highly stating "aside from her skill and athletic ability, Haelen is dedicated, focused, prepared, and passionate.  Her work ethic is extraordinary on and off the court, and in this, she leads our team by example."  Ryan Hudson, Athletic Director at Dakota Collegiate and himself a volleyball coach adds "of the many hundreds of athletes who I have coached and worked with, she is at the top of the list for her willingness to give elite effort and strive each day to be her best.  She seeks out the challenge of being the one counted on in important moments, and she consistently excels in high-pressure situations."

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Blazers Women's Basketball Land Another St James Star in Navea

2023.03.21 @ 10:53 AM • Women's Basketball

Blazers Women's Basketball Land Another St James Star in Navea

The CMU Women's Basketball program is very pleased to announce the commitment of Kristine Navea for the 2023-24 MCAC and NIAC seasons. The St James Collegiate star point guard joins a growing list of student-athletes to cross the Assiniboine to join the Blazers in recent years.

Following a championship-laden high school career, Navea will take her talents and big-game experience to CMU starting next fall, when she suits up for the Blazers in their quest for a sixth-consecutive Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Title, and with the hope of standing atop of the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) podium for a second time in program history.  In only the past two high school seasons since her Covid-cancelled grade ten year, Navea and her Jimmies teammates have won a "AAA" Provincial Championship (2022), when she received player of the game and tournament MVP in the final as a grade 11 student-athlete, after winning the Stonewall Championship and WWAC Tier 2 Championship in Winnipeg that season as well.  That MHSAA Provincial Championship win was with soon-to-be-reunited teammate Zia Dacara, who enjoyed a fantastic rookie campaign this season with the Blazers.  Having just finished another successful high school season, Navea led her team from the point to take the title at tournaments in Sanford and Lorette en route to a consolation final win at the 2023 Provincial Championships in Thompson, MB this past week.  Plenty of personal accolades came her way throughout her high school career, including most recently being awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for varsity athletes at St James Collegiate, the Jimmie Character Award, the SPORT AWARD for physical education and the Gold Winner for the WWAC to cap off her high school career.

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Blazers Women's Volleyball Get Setup for 23-24 with Addition of Stewner

2023.03.14 @ 11:43 AM • Women's Volleyball

Blazers Women's Volleyball Get Setup for 23-24 with Addition of Stewner

The CMU Women's Volleyball program is very pleased to announce the commitment of Chelsea Stewner for the 2023-24 MCAC season. The Sturgeon Heights Collegiate and Bandits Volleyball Club product will add some more top-level talent at the setter position for the Blazers.

Stewner will continue her volleyball journey at CMU after a very successful high school season, when she and her Sturgeon Heights Huskies teammates won the MHSAA "AAAA" Varsity Girls Provincials in December, a thrilling five-set victory that saw the team come back from being down 0-2 to triumph over the Vincent Massey Trojans at the University of Manitoba's IGAC.  Her performance during the championships earned Stewner Provincial All-Star recognition, to go along with a Graduation All-Star nomination.  The co-captain of the Huskies also landed in the Free Press Top 10 in Manitoba for 2022, which is a testament to both the talent and leadership abilities she will be bringing to her new squad.

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Markus Martens: February's Zueike Male Athlete of the Month

2023.03.08 @ 2:47 PM • Men's Volleyball

Martens (#11) ready to spring into action at the net

Congratulations to Markus Martens of Men's Volleyball on being selected the CMU Zueike Male Athlete of the Month for February. The second year middle took his game to the next level this season, and became a steady presence in the starting lineup for the Blazers.

Blazers Men's Volleyball wrapped up a 16-2 season this past month and earned themselves the top seed in the MCAC heading into championship weekend to finish up February.  The team sported a perfect 4-0 record in regular season conference play in February, as well as peaked at number eight in the CCAA National Rankings in mid-February, holding that ranking until the conclusion of their schedule.  Unfortunately, the playoffs didn't go according to plan, and the team failed to defend their title, after a win in the semi-finals over the host Les Rouges setup a rematch of last year's final with the Providence Pilots.

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Brooklyn De Jong: February's Zueike Female Athlete of the Month

2023.03.08 @ 2:07 PM • Women's Volleyball

De Jong (centre) celebrates with teammates after a big point

Congratulations to Brooklyn De Jong of Women's Volleyball on being selected the CMU Zueike Female Athlete of the Month for February. The third year middle was a consistent force in the Blazers' front court during the home stretch of the season.

Although the season has now wrapped up, Blazers Women's Volleyball had a strong finish to their regular season with wins in two of their final three league games, including a straight-sets victory over the eventual MCAC Champions St Boniface Les Rouges.  The team won nine sets and lost only six throughout their regular season games in February and their most veteran player and captain Brooklyn De Jong was a big part of that late-season success.

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