The Red River College Rebels Men’s Volleyball team competed in the Concordia Thunder Men’s Volleyball Invitional Tournament January 2-4, 2014 at the Ralph King Athletic Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The tournament featured teams from the ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference) and was a chance for the men’s team to test themselves against strong competition, and prepare themselves for the second half of their MCAC (Manitoba) schedule.
The men finished with a 3-2 record for the tournament, opening against the host Concordia and winning 3-1 (25-18, 25-13,19-25.25-15). Co-Coach Dylan Power “We arrived Thursday evening and immediately had to drive to our game. Getting little warm up before playing our first match was less than ideal but the guys stepped up to the challenge. We went up two sets on Concordia with Zac Duncan in the middle leading the way. We dropped the third set, and then won the fourth with ease.”
“Friday we played against King’s College (Edmonton), they had a few notable players on their team that could really play. We lost the first set rather badly, then came back to win three straight. Kevin Bommersbach and Mitch Hendry both were subbed out during this match due to injury.”
The Rebels were able to overcome these injuries and defeat King’s 3-1 (14-25, 25-22, 25-21,25-16). The Rebels continued their strong play by defeating Lakeland College (West Vermillion, AB) 3-1 (20-25,25-17,25-17,25-18) Friday evening.
On Saturday, with injuries piling up, the Rebels were unable to keep up with the competition.
Power “On Saturday our first match was against Grand Prairie Regional College, we were point for point with them then until our starting Middle Jarrell Taylor Babb went down with a hand injury. We couldn’t recover from that and we lost 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-16).
“Our second match Saturday was right after our first, against arguably the best team there – Medicine Hat College. With only two players left on our bench and many players out of position we struggled to take a set. We played them close and the guys on the court showed lots of determination and grit. Unfortunately at the end of the day it wasn’t enough and we fell three sets straight.” The Rebels dropped their final game 3-0 (25-14, 25-22,25-20)
Power finished on a positive note “It was exciting to see how our team and program here in Manitoba stacks up against the teams competing in the CCAA, the league we eventually hope to be a part of. This tournament showed us that not only can we play with these teams, but that we can be a serious contender.”
The Rebels Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams start the second half of their MCAC seasons on the road at Providence College, Saturday January 11 at 6:00PM. Their first home games of 2014 happen Saturday January 18th, starting at 11:00AM when they host Assiniboine Community College (Brandon).