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Blazers Women's Volleyball Adds Another Big Piece in their Quest for Back-to-Back Titles

Blazers Women's Volleyball Adds Another Big Piece in their Quest for Back-to-Back Titles

The CMU Women's Volleyball program is very pleased to announce the commitment of Lexi Unrau for the 2024-25 MCAC season. The Carberry Cougars and Westman Volleyball Club standout will bring a versatile attacking game to the Blazers roster this upcoming season.

Unrau developed her well-rounded athleticism as a Carberry Collegiate Cougar, where she was relied upon to help lead her team as captain of the varsity squad in her final year. Named girls volleyball MVP every season through her grade ten to twelve years, she was also named overall Athlete of the Year for her high school after also participating in the MHSAA "AA" Boys Basketball Provincials where she was named player of the game in one of the team's matchups in the tournament. The multisport athlete competed at long jump, high jump, and triple jump for the school's track and field team, hinting at the kind of explosive leaper the Blazers are bringing in, not to mention the skills and coordination developed through gymnastics training and playing "AAA" Magic Softball growing up.

An early start to her club volleyball career with Cats Volleyball Club, run by Brandon University for her 13U and 14U seasons, Unrau moved over to Westman Volleyball Club for her final four seasons of club eligibility, which wrap up later this spring. Her 16U squad placed third in the provincial championships and then went on to an astonishing ninth overall finish at the 2022 Volleyball Canada Youth Nationals. While previous seasons she has slotted in primarily as a middle, Unrau has made the transition to left side for her final year. The team is looking forward to the Queen City Volleyball Club Tournament, and then an appearance at nationals again this May.

CMU Blazers head coach Jayme Menzies was immediately impressed by her newest recruit's athleticism, noting "Lexi has experience in a variety of positions on the floor. Add this versatility to her drive, athleticism and vertical, and I think Lexi will greatly impact the Blazers program." Unrau got connected to the Blazers through her club coach Norman Bootsman, who touted the MCAC as a great place for her to continue her volleyball career. She is excited about staying closer to home, and joining a program where she felt very welcomed, and plans to pursue her Bachelor of Science while studying at CMU.

Born in Red Deer Alberta, where Blazers women's volleyball recently competed at the program's first Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Volleyball Nationals, Lexi is joining a Blazers squad hungry for another chance at the big dance this upcoming season as the team looks to re-tool and continue to become even more competitive over the summer.

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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