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2018 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Final Four Results

February 25, 2018

2018 Women’s Volleyball Final Four Results

Story by Neil Noonan/MCAC
The women’s top four team’s in the conference took the court at Red River College on Saturday to fight for their spot in the championship game.
All photos were taken by Lindsay Rowan.

#2 Red River College Rebels #3 Canadian Mennonite University Blazers

The Blazers began capitalizing on the Rebels misplays in the middle of the set taking an early 12-8 lead. Rebels coach of the year Dan McGregor took back to back timeouts hoping to correct course and sparked a small run from the team bringing the game within two. It remained close since then, but the Blazers finished it off winning the set 25-21.

Both teams traded five-point runs at the beginning of the second until a massive kill from Goodwin down the middle caused a Blazer timeout down 10-6. The Rebels really started to hit their stride midway through the set riding a streak of nice serves from Sara Meisner and some amazing hustle plays from all positions. The Rebels fought off a late comeback and won the set 25-20.

Lead changes continued to be a trend as neither team could put together a string of points in the third. The Rebels found their way to the hardwood more often than not making ball-saving plays after kills from the Blazers hitters. The Blazers made the first big run late in the set and never looked back, taking it 25-18.

The Blazers didn’t take their first lead in the fourth set until 17-16. Goodwin hit a patented side-swipe spike and followed it up with an ace to tie it up at 20, but two quick points from the Blazers forced a late timeout from the Rebels bench. Tension filled the gym as both teams traded a couple points with the Blazers leading 24-22 coming out of their own timeout. After a missed block, the ball found the floor, and the Blazers secured the fourth and final set.

#1 Providence University College Pilots #4 Assiniboine Community College Cougars

The Cougars put up a big fight in the first set with multiple highlight players from their All-Conference tandem, but the entirety of the Pilots deemed too strong taking it 25-18.

The cats clawed their way to four straight points to start the second before the crowd fell silent  Cougars second-year middle, Brittany Krahn, went down at the net with a non-contact knee injury. Despite the Cougars’ relentlessness, the Pilots started to find their stride midway through the set with a few big hits from their front line and finished off another set 25-18.

Pilots’ conference co-MVP Shayne Staerk wasn’t letting anything past her in the back row all game, and despite some huge hits from Cougars Erica Scott, the Pilots defence remained the difference maker finishing the final set with a double-digit 25-15 lead.

The Pilots will move on to played the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers in the championship final at 1:00PM.

Rebels WVB Ashley Goodwin named MCAC Co-MVP, Dan McGregor named MCAC WVB Coach of the Year

February 24, 2018

2018 Volleyball All-Conference Teams Announced

Story by Neil Noonan/MCAC
Congratulations to all of the talented, hard-working student-athletes and coaches who have been recognized for their performance during the 2018 volleyball season.
Check out many of the athletes below at our 2018 Volleyball Final Fours this weekend.

2018 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Co-Most Valuable Players

Shayna Staerk

Providence University Pilots

From Pilots head coach Kyle Guenther…
“Shayna is a special player. On to the court, she is a gifted athlete. Shayna is a very strong and efficient attacker. She also leads our team in digs and is one of our most reliable passers. On top of that, she has a great serve and racks up many aces in a season. Shayna is such a well-rounded player that can have an impact on all facets of the game. Through her career here, she has learned to perform really well under pressure and faces the big moments head on. That’s something really admirable about her character and something you really want out of one of your leaders. She has been a huge part of our success this year and will be greatly missed after she graduates this spring.
Much like on the court, Shayna is gifted off the court as well. While being a very good student and athlete, she also finds time to give back to the game by coaching a 13U Girls team in our club program. Her selfless character is evident and inspiring.”

Ashley Goodwin

Red River College Rebels

From Rebels head coach Dan McGregor…

“After a few years away from the game Ashley has returned to form of being one of the top high school volleyball players in the province. It is rare to find a middle player that can be both dominant in the front and back row, but Ashley has shown that she is a well-rounded player and worked hard to show that she deserves to play through the back row as well. Ashley brings a positive attitude to all practices and games, and has a desire to be the best player she can be by always being focused in practices and asking a lot of questions on what she can do to improve.”

2018 MCAC Men’s Volleyball Most Valuable Player

Matthew Friesen

Providence University College Pilots

From Pilots head coach Scott Masterson…
“Matt is a great volleyball player, teammate and person. He is a natural athlete and most skills seem to come easily for him. At the same time, he works very hard to improve every day, pushing himself to be better at every opportunity. By having that mindset he naturally makes his teammate better. Matt finished the season with 236 kills in 389 attempts (the most on our team) with a 46.53 attacking % and he has a league-leading 4.07 kill average. Matt also excels at passing and general ball control. These skills, coupled with a great sense of the game, have helped Matt be one of the most consistent and effective players in the league.
I am very happy for him that he can receive this recognition and I know it will only provide more motivation for him to keep working hard and helping his teammates be the best they can be.
Matt is also helping coach our 18U boy’s club volleyball team as an assistant coach. It’s really great to see him taking the extra time out of his schedule to invest in the lives and skills of younger players. It is nice to know that a quality person like Matt is having a positive impact on the lives of younger men.”

2018 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year

Dan McGregor, Red River College Rebels

2018 MCAC Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year

Guy Bourgeois, Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges

2017 MCAC Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team

Sara Barker, Pilots

Sam Bridle, Pilots

Kalin Winter, Cougars

Erica Scott, Cougars

Renee Desroches, Blazers

2017 MCAC Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Team

MacKenzie Hildebrand, Blazers

Eric Dornez, Les Rouges

Derrick Sabourin, Les Rouges

Brett Foley, Pilots

Lucas Pappel, Pilots

Sara Meisner named MCAC Athlete of the Week

February 21, 2018

WINNIPEG, MB., February 20, 21018 – The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that Sara Meisner of the Red River College Rebels women’s volleyball team and Lucas Pappel of the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team have been named Athletes of the Week.

Sara Meisner

The first-year outside hitter, born in Moosehorn, Manitoba and a graduate of Ashern Central School, led the Rebels to two 3-0 wins over the Assiniboine Community College Cougars last weekend, totalling 11 kills, 12 digs, and five solo blocks. With the back-to-back wins, the Rebels (11-5) clinched the second seed heading into the conference playoffs this weekend.

“Sara’s passing and defense have been instrumental to the success of the team this season,” said head coach Dan McGregor. “She is a determined and passionate player with a strong desire to improve and brings a positive attitude to all practices and games.”

The Rebels women’s volleyball team will host the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers in the conference semi-finals on Saturday February 24 at 4:00.

All games are hosted at Red River College. For full schedule, check out

Rebels Weekend Wrap: Feb 16-17

February 20, 2018

All Rebels teams were in action this weekend, with the basketball teams in playoffs, volleyball teams finishing their regular season and futsal teams with a pair of road games in Brandon.

Both basketball teams fell short at the NIAC playoff championships in Fort Totten, North Dakota, with men’s team falling in the quarterfinals and the women’s team coming up short in the semi’s. To read more, visit here and here.

The Rebels volleyball teams ended their regular seasons on a high note by both sweeping the ACC Cougars at home Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The women Rebels didn’t lose a set, winning 3-0 (25-19,25-17,25-23) and 3-0 (25-19,25-13,25-22). The team finished 2nd place in the MCAC with a 11-5 record. The men’s team won both their matches against the Cougars 3-1 (25-19,25-20,24-26,25-21) and 3-0 (25-14,25-20,25-20) clinching 4th place and the final playoff spot.

volleyball championships will be hosted by RRC, in the North Gym, Saturday February 24th and Sunday February 25th. Rebels men’s team will face the PUC Pilots at 12pm on Saturday in their semi final while the Rebels women’s team will face the CMU Blazers at 4pm in their semi. The men’s final will take place at 1pm on Sunday, followed by the women’s at 3pm.

Finally, the Rebels futsal teams achieved mixed results in Brandon on Saturday. The men’s team defeated the ACC Cougars 12-4, but then fell to the BU Bobcats 6-4. The Rebels women’s team defeated the Cougars as well by the score of 8-1, then followed up with a 2-2 tie against the Bobcats. The men’s team currently sits in 4th place with a 4-0-4 record while the women’s team is in 5th place with a 2-2-4 record. Both teams next face the USB Rouges  at USB on Friday March 2nd.

Rebels Weekend Wrap

February 5, 2018

The Rebels men’s basketball team punched their ticket to the MCAC Championship final with a pair of victories over the PUC Pilots this past weekend.

Coming into the weekend, the Rebels needed to win both games and have a better points for/against ratio than the Pilots, so the pressure was on the team to preform. The Rebels, started strong, winning 88-71 Friday night in Providence then followed up with a terrific defensive effort on Saturday, beating the Pilots at home 72-60. The high scoring Pilots came into the weekend with a league high 88 points per game avg, only to be held to 65.5ppg on the weekend by the Rebels. Forwards Mark Ridd and Jasdeep Khangura were excellent in the paint, defending the basket and rebounding the ball. Guard Chris Demauleon-Bartolay lead the offense on Saturday scoring 22 and clinched the MCAC regular season with 18.9 ppg.

With the two wins, the Rebels clinched a spot in the MCAC final against the CMU Blazers, The women’s Rebels team will also be playing in the MCAC final against the Blazers, after winning both of their weekend games against the Pilots, 60-43 on Friday and 60-55 on Saturday. The lady Rebels finished the MCAC in 2nd place with a 5-3 record. Both MCAC finals will be held Saturday, February 10th at PUC, with the men’s game at 2pm and the women’s game at 4pm.

The RRC women’s and men’s volleyball teams hosted the CMU Blazers Friday night, losing both games, women 3-1 (25-18, 15-25, 25-18, 25-23) and men 3-0 (25-17,25-18,25-15). Both teams next host the PUC Pilots on Thursday February 8th, with the men’s game starting at 6pm.

Rebels Weekend Wrap: Jan 26-27

January 30, 2018

Another busy January weekend for Rebels Athletics with all 6 teams in action over the weekend.

The men’s and women’s Rebels Basketball teams hosted their new NIAC league rivals, Sisseton Wahpeton College (South Dakota) Friday and Saturday with mixed results. The men’s team split their weekend games, losing 98-78 on Friday, then rebounding with a 83-78 victory on Saturday. Forward Steve Willamson lead the team on Saturday with a huge 30 point game. Unfortunately the women Rebels lost both games to the SWC Mustangs, 81-61 and 66-63. In NIAC standings, the men’s team sits 5th with a 6-4 record, while the ladies also hold down the 5th spot with a 5-5 record. Both teams finish their MCAC/NIAC regular season’s this weekend with a home and home series against the PUC Pilots. Friday night at Providence, Saturday night here in the North Gym, with the men’s game starting at 6pm.

The women’s volleyball team continued their strong season with a dominant 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-18) over Les Rouges from USB. They currently sit in MCAC 2nd place with a 8-4 record. Both volleyball teams host the CMU Blazers on Friday, with the men’s game starting at 6 pm.

Finally, the Rebels futsal teams were on the road this weekend with games at PUC and CMU. On Friday, the Rebels were swept by the Pilots, 6-5(men) and 5-3(women). The Rebels then suffered the same fate against the Blazers on Saturday losing 9-5(men) and 8-6(women). Both teams have a week off before hosting USB on Friday Feb.9th, men’s game starting at 6pm.

Rebels Weekend Wrap: Jan 19-20

January 24, 2018

The Rebels women’s futsal team had a strong weekend earning a win and tie against two MCAC Westman teams at home on Saturday. They first hosted the BU Bobcats, earning a 2-2 tie, Madison Katz and Megan Castro the goal scorers. They then followed up with a 9-0 victory over the ACC Cougars. Emma MacLennan lead the way with a hat trick, while Emily Carniege chipped in with 2 goals of her own and GK Kendra Moen earned the shut out. Read More →

Rebels Weekend Wrap- Jan 12-13

January 15, 2018

All 6 Rebels teams competed this weekend, with games both at home and on the road in the MCAC (Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conference) and NIAC (Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

The Rebels men’s and women’s hosted the AFLBS Crusaders, their NIAC rivals from Northern Minnesota, on Friday and Saturday sweeping all 4 games. The men’s team won on Friday 69-50, forward Anuna Oj-Wato had a strong game with 20 points and 19 rebounds. The men followed up with a 90-69 victory on Saturday. Guard Chris Demauleon-Bartolay had a monster 42 points game for the Rebels with forward Steve Willamson adding 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Rebels now sit in 4th place in the NIAC standings with a 5-3 record.

The women’s team completed their weekend sweep of the Crusaders with wins by the score of 89-29 and 85-22. Jodene Kowalchuk lead the team on Friday with 17 points while Lacey Finnbogason was the high scorer on Saturday with 22 points. They also have a 5-3 NIAC record and sit in 5th place. Both basketball teams next games are on the weekend of Jan 26-27 when they host Sisseton Wahpeton College (Sisseton, SD).

The Rebels Futsal teams opened their MCAC regular season on Saturday evening hosting the PUC Pilots. The men’s team won the first game 4-3 with Val Komilov scoring 2 goals and Brandan Le Grand and Minh Tran each chipping in with a goal. Unfortunately the women’s team were shut out 6-0 in their home opener. Both teams next host the BU Bobcats and the ACC Cougars Saturday afternoon on January 27th.

Finally the Rebels men’s and women’s volleyball teams played a pair of road games, Friday at CMU and Saturday against the PUC Pilots. On Friday, the Rebels lost both games to the Blazers, men 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 26-24) and women 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 25-18). On Saturday the Rebels were able to earn a split, with the women winning 3-2 (22-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-9) and men falling 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-17). Both teams next host Les Rouge from USB on Friday January 19th with the men’s game starting at 6pm.

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Ashley Goodwin Named MCAC Athlete of the Week

December 7, 2017

WINNIPEG, MB., December 7, 2017 – The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference announced Thursday that Ashley Goodwin of the Red River College Rebels women’s volleyball team and Mackenzie Hildebrand of the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers men’s volleyball team have been named Athletes of the Week. Read More →

Rebels Weekend Wrap: December 2-3

December 4, 2017

The Rebels men’s basketball team finished their first half of the season strong with a pair of NIAC league victories on the weekend. The Rebels defeated the Trinity Bible College Lions (Ellendale ND) on Saturday 95-89. Read More →