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Wesmen are on Top in MCAC

March 3, 2014

When it comes to MCAC Volleyball, the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen sit above the rest, as both the men and women’s Wesmen teams can now call themselves MCAC Volleyball Champions.

Up against two MCAC dynasties, the College Wesmen put an end to the three-year reign of the Providence women’s team, and prevented the Red River College men from winning six championships in seven years, to start a reign of their own as the two best volleyball teams in the MCAC. In front of a packed crowd at Canadian Mennonite University, the College Wesmen made a statement, putting on two incredible championship matches on Saturday, in what will go down as one of the most exciting championships in recent memory.

The women of the College Wesmen played a tight match against Providence, beating them in four hotly contested sets (25-22. 25-21, 17-25, 25-22). On the men’s side, the College Wesmen avenged last season’s five-set loss against Red River in the championships, defeating the Rebels in a five-set thriller of their own (25-17, 25-21, 20-25, 22-25, 16-14).

The men’s match certainly didn’t feel like it was going to be as exciting as it was after the first set. The College Wesmen controlled the play for most of it, with the set never really being in doubt.

The second ended up being a bit of different story, with Red River mounting an offense orchestrated by setter Bobby Neufeld, clearly picking up the pace from the first set. However, set number two also saw the emergence of regular season MVP Nathaniel Therrien, who started rolling with some big kills at key times to help his team get up to a two-set lead.

Red River College found their stride in the third, led by a charge from Player of the Game Kevin Bommersbach, who put his team on his back with a high-energy offense that the College Wesmen couldn’t contain. The Rebels continued rolling into the fourth, with some supplementary offense from the likes of Zac Duncan and Mitch Henry to go along with another dominant set from Bommersbach, and things began to look grim for a College Wesmen team who seemed to have things under control early on.

However, in the championship set, the College Wesmen showed what they were made of, coming back from a five point deficit in the fifth, led by an incredible late set charge from team veteran Stefan Dirks. Despite another very strong set from Red River, this was simply the College Wesmen’s night as they took the fifth in extra points, 16-14 to take home the MCAC Championship.

In the women’s final, it was clear that these were the two best teams the MCAC has to offer, and the product was a great volleyball game. With these two teams tied for first place at the end of the MCAC season, this matchup was as even as it gets on paper, but it was the College Wesmen’s drive to dethrone the champs that put them over the top in this championship final.

The first set was a battle, with both teams trading blows throughout, keeping the game close and the tensions high. For Providence, it was Player of the Game, Kate Osadchuk, who held a lot of weight for her team, providing hustle on defense, and making her way through the block for a few timely kills. But that was countered by Chloe Pommer who played a very clutch game, shifting momentum with some kills of her own.

In the second, we saw more of a dominant performance from the College Wesmen, as they held the lead for most of the set, led by a strong performance by Player of the Game, Amanda Armour. That dominance however, did not carry into the third, as Providence started to pour it on and show why they finished the season in first place.

The third set saw the Pilots start a well-rounded attack, with the whole starting line-up starting to click offensively. The tables definitely turned in this set, with Providence dominating 25-17, and it looked like we had a five set match on the horizon.

However, the College Wesmen came out in the fourth as determined as ever, led by some key serving from Devon Guenther, and some excellent hitting from Mackenzie Jeffrey. In this set, the College Wesmen showed the packed crowd why they deserved to be champions, and put on a performance they won’t soon forget, winning the set, the match, and the MCAC Championship.

There were a lot of outstanding players involved in these championships, but a couple stood out amongst the rest. For the women, the Final 4’s MVP went to Mackenzie Jeffrey, who was dominant at the net for the College Wesmen. On the men’s side, the regular season MVP Nathaniel Therrien continued with his strong play, and earned the award after an incredible final match.

Rebels Catching Fire on their Way to the Playoffs

February 14, 2014

 

The Red River College Rebels seem to be peaking at the right time heading into playoffs, after a strong 3-1 (25-16,22-25,25-20,25-23) win over the University of St.Boniface “Les Rouges”. Other than a slight blip in the second set, the Rebels were firing on all cylinders, running a quick attack, while also getting key blocks for their defensive game. Les Rouges were up to the challenge, showing a lot of passion and moxie on the court, but they were outgunned by the Rebels, and could only hang on for so long.

“CUSB always elevates their game when it comes to playing against us and tonight was no different, said Co-Coach Dylan Power. They worked hard out there making our guys really have to earn this victory. It’s rewarding seeing things begin to come together, we’re going to continue pushing until we achieve greatness.”

With the win, the Rebels clinch second place in the MCAC league standings and will face the CMU Blazers in a semi-final. The Rebels defeated CMU the previous night, so they must feel good about the match-up.

The Women’s Rebels again were short staffed tonight with only six players, but they still put up a tough fight only to come up short to Les Rouge, 3-1(21-25,20-25,25-23,25-10). The team falls to 3-15 on the year, and will not make the postseason.

Both Rebels teams end their regular seasons with a pair of games each against ACC, Saturday February 22 at the North Gym, with the first game starting at 12:00PM.

Rebels Split a Pair of Five Set Thrillers with CMU

February 13, 2014

Fans in the North Gym on Notre Dame Campus were treated to a couple of terrific five set matches Thursday night as the Red River College Rebels battled the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers.

First up were the women, with both teams looking for a win to secure the fourth and final playoff spot in the MCAC rankings. The Rebels were only able to field six players for the match, but gave a valiant effort, losing 3-2 (25-16, 24-26,25-10,18-25,12-15). With the loss the Rebels are eliminated from the playoffs, while CMU secures a spot.  CMU improves to a 7-12 record, while RRC falls to 3-12.

The Rebels men were able to gain some revenge for Red River College, beating CMU in another five set marathon 3-2 (22-25,25-22,16-25,25-13,17-15). The game showed to be quite a preview for a more than likely first round playoff match up. RRC sits in 2nd place with 12-5 mark, while CMU is in third with a 11-18 record.

Both Rebels teams are right back in action Friday night, Valentines Day, at the North Gym against St.Boniface University, with a 6:00PM start time.

Rebels and Pilots settle for a draw in MCAC Volleyball

February 7, 2014

 The Rebels Men’s Volleyball team made short work of the Providence University College Pilots tonight at Red River College, winning 3-0 (25-12,25-20,25-19), taking the match in less than an hour and a half. The Rebels looked sharp from the start, with left side Kevin Bommersbach and Zac Duncan leading the attack. With the win, the Rebels improve to 11-5 on the season, while the Pilots fall to 8-10.

The Rebels Women’s Volleyball team has struggled at times this season, but they put in a terrific effort tonight in the North Gym, taking the undefeated first place Pilots to five sets, losing a heart breaker 16-25,8-25,25-20,25-23,15-8. Middle Kaelyn Laurencelle and Outside Taylor Hedley both had terrific games for the Rebels, with Setter Wilma Oombash leading the attack. With the loss, the Rebels remain in fifth place with a 3-13 record. Both Rebels teams, host St.Boniface University next Thursday Feb.13 starting at 6:00PM.

Rebels Volleyball Teams Struggle with Wesmen

February 1, 2014

 

It was a tough night at the North Gym on Notre Dame Campus with the Men’s and Women’s Rebels Volleyball teams both on the losing end against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen.

The Women’s team ran up against a tough opponent in the #2 ranked Wesmen (14-2 league record), losing 3-0 (18-25, 17-25, 22-25), dropping their record to 3-10 and fifth place in the MCAC. The Men’s team fared slightly better, losing a close 3-1 contest (25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 18-25). Their record falls to 9-5, good for second place. The first place Wesmen sit atop with a sparking 13-3 win/loss record.

Both Rebel teams are in action tomorrow night against USB, at St. Boniface College, starting at 6:00PM.

Rebels Volleyball Split with Providence University College

December 5, 2013

The Red River College Women’s Volleyball was unable to obtain a league win before the Christmas break losing 3-0 (19-25, 19-25, 18-25) to Providence University College, the lose drops the team to a 3-7 record while PUC improves to a perfect 8-0 in the MCAC.

“We had a gameplan again tonight which we were able to follow and found success in doing so.  When we got away from our game plan is when we started to fall behind.  Providence did exactly what we thought they would, they served tough and scored in transition for the most part of the night” stated Head Coach Chris MacLennan

“The girls again showed flashes of greatness with good serving, some excellent defense and some scrappy play to earn some tough points.  Our group has been dealing with some injuries including our setter Wilma Oombash who will benefit from some time off over the Christmas break to heal up and get back to work in the New Year”.

The Rebels Men’s team fared much better, defeating PUC for the second time in a row in league play 3-1 (25-19,25-18,19-25,25-20). With the win, RRC goes into the Christmas break with a sparking 8-2 record.

Co-Head Coach Dylan Power on the victory “I was really impressed with the play of Greg Kuz with his offense and Jarrell Taylor-Babb with his strong blocking” Power also added “I’ve noticed growth in all of the players both on and off the court this first half. The guys battle through adversity and constantly push and challenge each other to better than previous attempts.”

 

 

Rebels Women’s Volleyball Fall to Providence

December 2, 2013

Reeling after a tough loss to USB on Wednesday night, the Rebels hit the court against a tough opponent in the undefeated Providence Pilots Friday night in Otterburne, MB.  The Rebels came out strong and matched the Pilots point for point throughout the first set with some strong offensive work from Kaelyn Laurencelle and Hilaine Loeppky in the middle.  Off of some tough serving from the Pilots, the Rebels dropped the first set 25-23.  A slow start to the second set put Red River behind the eight ball early, but the girls showed some mental toughness and again, battled Providence in a hostile environment, only to drop the second set 25-19.  The Rebels came out flying in the 3rd set, jumping out to leads of 13-8 and 20-16, but again were ousted by the Pilots in a tight 3rd set, 26-24. 

Coach MacLennan added “this was probably our best match from start to finish that we have played so far this season.  Although we took the loss tonight, we gained some important confidence and proved that we can play with the best in this league.  We followed our game plan for the most part and were beaten by a very good team tonight, full credit goes to the players and coaches from Providence College.  We will regroup, and prepare once again for a rematch next week in our house with the Pilots.  I am proud of the way our team played tonight and am excited about the direction this group is going”.

The Rebels men’s volleyball team faired better, making quick work of the Pilots 3-0 ( (25-20, 25-8, 22-25, 25-18), they are currently in first place with a sparking 7-2 MCAC record.

Rebels Women’s Volleyball Lose Close Game to CUSB

November 28, 2013

The Rebels womens volleyball team was in action on a stormy Wednesday night against the Universite de St. Boniface, where half the battle was just getting to the gym safely.  With some delays, the Rebels hit the floor and played some scrappy volleyball to take the first set by a score of (25-23).  The girls had to dig deep to pull out of the second set with another win and move ahead of Les Rouges up 2-0.  

Coach MacLennan shared his sentiments after the match “We were not necessarily happy at all with the way we won the first two sets.  Did we win the two sets? Yes, however the manner in which we came away with the lead was not indicative of the type of play we want to be playing, too many mental errors.”

 Les Rouges came back in the 3rd set and took control right off the bat, racing out to a 10-5 lead, and taking the set 25-15. The Rebels dropped the fourth set 25-22, the match now tied up at 2-2.  Moving into the 5th, the Rebels found themselves again in a tough situation, going down early, unable to stop the offence from St. Boniface.  The tenacious group from Red River did not give in though, and fought back from a 7 point deficit, only to lose the 5th set 15-13.

Added Coach MacLennan “I hope we learned a valuable lesson tonight.  We are a talented group, but need to couple that talent with hard work, attention to detail and commitment to finishing matches.  We will get back on the court Friday against a very talented group in Providence College and continue to focus on improving our game”.

Following the women’s match, the Rebels men’s volleyball continued their winning ways defeating CUSB 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-20). The Rebels record improves to 6-2 on the season, with their next game Friday night in Providence.

Rebels Volleyball Dominate on a Saturday Night

November 23, 2013

On a brisk Saturday night at Red River College, within the cozy confines of the Notre Dame Campus North Gym, the Red River Rebels Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams swept a pair of matches over their rivals at Canadian Mennonite University.

The Rebel’s men’s team were unstoppable on Saturday night, cruising to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16) win over the Blazers. The Rebels were strong start to finish, never trailing in the match. Outside hitter Kevin Bommersbach led the team with 11 kills, while fellow Outside Hitter Mitchell Hendry also had a strong game with 9 kills.

“We are really pleased with the game tonight, our hard work in practice is starting to translate into the games.” said Co-Head Coach Dylan Power. “I think our game is slowly starting to round into form”.

The Rebels improve their MCAC record to 5-2 on the season.

It was also a successful night for the Women’s Rebels. The Women’s team improved their MCAC record to 3-4 on the season with a thrilling 3-2 ((26-24, 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, and 15-12 ) win over CMU. Head Coach Chris MacLennan was happy with the effort and attention to detail put forth by his group in the 5 set thriller, “After a solid week of training, we were prepared for a dog fight and thats exactly what we got.  Countless times, the girls showed resiliency and relied on our game plan to help us climb back into sets and eventually our will to win served us well”.  

Wilma Oombash had a break out game with 42 assists and 16 digs on the heels of some good passing and defence from libero Jen Forsythe who finished with 21 digs.  The Rebels will look to continue their good work this week as they take on St. Boniface on Wednesday night at 6pm before traveling to Otterburne to take on the Pilots from Providence University College in a home and home before hitting the Christmas Break.

Rebels Volleyball Drop Two to U of Winnipeg

November 15, 2013

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Rebels Setter Wilma Oombash directing the offense.

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Setter Bobby Neufeld leading the Rebels attack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Red River College  Rebels women’s did not fair well at the North Gym on Notre Dame Campus tonight, losing 3-0 in sets to the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. The Rebels trailed the entire game losing each set, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20. The Women Rebels fall to 2-4 on the season in Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference play. The Rebels men’s team showed more fight on this night however, losing 3-1 (25-27, 22-25, 26-24, 17-25) to the Wesmen in the second game of the evening. The Rebels were led on offense by hitters Zac Duncan and MCAC player of the week Kevin Bombersbach, and the gutsy effort of  starting setter Bobby Neufeld (who was dealing with a previous practice injury, a facial laceration with stiches beside his right eye), but in the end fell to a talented Wesmen side..The Rebels men fall to 4-2 on the season in league, with both losses at the hand of U of Winnipeg.