Men's Basketball News
Week 12 of the MCAC schedule had all four active varsity teams on the road for weekend series; Blazers volleyball visited the Assiniboine Cougars in Brandon for a two-game set, while the basketball squads headed to Southern Manitoba for two dates with the Providence Pilots.
Tough out-of-province competition in early season exhibitions has paid early dividends for the Blazers basketball squads, as they remain perfect in MCAC action through their first three weekends of play.
Now back in Manitoba for the remainder of the season, the Blazers basketball teams tipped off with their second home matches of the season in a home-and-home weekend with the St Boniface Rouges. Coming off a huge blowout win in their previous meeting, Blazers women's basketball gave the home crowd another show, throwing up 106 points on Friday night, and earning them their third win in conference play of the young season. Scoring came from across the lineup, with second-year Reyna Reyes leading the pack with 17 points, including nine from beyond the arc, along with rookies Oluwanifemi Gbadamosi, Annika Goodbrandson, Emily Townsend, and Maizy Lawson who all hit double-digits points in the game.
This past week marked the fall reading break for CMU students, but the Blazers basketball and volleyball teams were still in session and enjoyed some good times during their time off from classes.
The lone MCAC action for the Blazers on the week was a Saturday matinee matchup with the Assiniboine Cougars on the volleyball court at the Loewen Athletic Centre. Prior to the match, your Blazers women's volleyball squad was sitting in third place in the MCAC standings with a 1-2 record, just above the 0-3 Cougars. A rookie-heavy lineup took the court for CMU, with rookie setter Paige Wright controlling the offence for the entirety of the match. Two tight set wins for the Blazers had the tensions pretty high in the Loewen before things fell apart for the winless Cougars and CMU cruised to a 3-0 victory, improving their record to 2-2 on the season. Standouts for the Blazers were the left side tandem of rookies Halle Meisner and Rachel Bartel who notched 11 and 8 kills respectively for the team in the quick victory. Add to that five aces each from the service line, and 18 digs in the backcourt for Bartel and you have the recipe for an all-around win. A win by St Boniface over the Providence Pilots in the other MCAC matchup on the weekend puts the Blazers in a tie for second place on points with the Pilots, with the advantage on sets won/lost going the Blazers way at this early point in the year.
It was a full weekend of games for the Blazers volleyball and basketball teams, who started their MCAC seasons in earnest following the conclusion of the MCAC soccer championhips last weekend.
Friday's home basketball events marked the home debut of CMU's new Treaty One uniforms. Designed with the help of indigenous artist Amber Green, and produced by local buseness Zueike, both basketball and volleyball teams' new home uniforms acknowledge the land that CMU stands on as Treaty One Territory.
Amidst continuing uncertainty about the Canada/USA land border crossings, CMU Athletics have decided to pull the plug on the planned Northern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (NIAC) regular season. This move comes in conjunction with Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) member institution Providence University College Pilots, who have also planned for a Canadian only season.