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Blazers WVB Hope to Cook up Another Title Run with Middle Addition

Blazers WVB Hope to Cook up Another Title Run with Middle Addition

The CMU Women's Volleyball program is very pleased to announce the commitment of Avery Cook for the 2024-25 MCAC season. The Springfield Collegiate Institute grad is looking forward to continuing her competitive volleyball journey with the Blazers after a year of studies at the University of Manitoba.

A graduate of Springfield Collegiate in spring of 2023, Cook will bring a mature game to the Blazers, who has been involved on the coaching side as well with her Winnipeg Volleyball Academy club system. Her final varsity season with the Sabres she helped lift her team to an MHSAA "AAA" Provincials berth after their team won the KPAC division. She received a player of the game award at the tournament for her outstanding play in the middle for her Springfield team. A multi-sport athlete, Cook used her length to full advantage playing defence on her high school hockey team as well.

Cook finished her youth club career as a Winnipeg Volleyball Academy Blazer, and will suit up as a Blazer once again under the CMU banner. She took home hardware with WVA at Volleyball Canada Youth Nationals in 2023, along with her own team's Most Valuable Player award. The team captain during her time at WVA, Cook led by example, leading her club in kill percentage, and was also named the Coaches' Choice Award winner for her 17U season. She has continued to give back to her club, coaching at day camps during the summer months, and staying on top of her game.

CMU Blazers head coach Jayme Menzies discovered her newest signing through their recent ID camp, and is enthusiastic about her team's first addition of the offseason stating "Avery brings with her a strong block, dynamic offence, and a keen game sense. It was also immediately clear to me that her maturity, work ethic, and friendly nature would contribute positively to the team's culture."

Cook is excited to meet new teammates and continue playing competitive volleyball, and when she's not playing or coaching, Avery loves to plan travel adventures. After their breakout MCAC Title win in 2023-24, Blazers women's volleyball earned their first ever berth at the CCAA National Championships this past March and hit the road for Red Deer, Alberta. With any luck this upcoming season, the team could be travelling again in spring of 2025.

CMU hosts the MCAC Provincial Championships at the conclusion of the 2024-25 season, the winner of which will have the honour of representing Manitoba at the CCAA Nationals held next March in Oshawa, Ontario at Durham College. The CCAA is the national body for collegiate athletics in Canada, offering 10 national championships in seven sports. Now finished its third full year of participation, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference joins five other established CCAA conferences; PacWest (BC), ACAC (Alberta-Sask), OCAA (Ontario), RSEQ (Quebec) and ACAA (Atlantic).

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