As Red River College’s basketball and volleyball teams get set to return for the second half of their seasons, take a look at how their first halves have shaped up.
The women’s basketball 3-3 record is a little misleading. After the shorthand- ed squad had to forfeit their first two games of the season, the team has gone 3-1. Their only loss came against the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers, the league’s only undefeated team.
The Rebels’ small roster has increased its point differential as the season goes on. They beat Providence University College 56-46 on Nov. 22, then defeated the University of Winnipeg College Wes- men by 29. On Dec. 4, they put 45 points between themselves and the Wesmen en route to a win. The team now sits in second place behind CMU.
The Rebels’ six-person roster will return to action in pursuit of RRC’s women’s sixth straight basketball title on Jan. 14 at Providence University College at 6 p.m.
The men’s basketball team hasn’t lost a step in its journey to its ninth consecutive Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) championship title. The veteran team went undefeated in the first half of the season and currently sits four points (two wins) ahead of the second-place CMU Blazers.
Rebels guard Taylor Brown has led the charge, averaging 20.2 points through the first five games of the season. His strong play earned him the MCAC athlete of the week honour shortly before the holiday break.
The team will hit the court again Jan. 14 at Providence University College. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
For a team that set its sights on a ban- ner, the men’s volleyball team has fallen short in the first half of the season. So short, in fact, that the team dwells at the bottom of the MCAC standings with just a single win.
Head coach Erik Hasen said before the season that he expects nothing less than a championship banner— the prize the team nearly claimed before losing in last year’s finals.
The good news for the Rebels is they’re not out of the playoff race. They sit six points (3 wins) behind the fourth place Les Rouges de l’Université de Saint-Boniface (USB).
The team was able to find success in their final game of the first half against USB. They’ll look to continue that success Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in their home Notre Dame Campus gym.
The women’s volleyball team has clawed into third place in a competitive MCAC league. If the season was to end today, the team would reach their goal of making the playoffs— something they failed to do for the past three years. The team will have to hold on
to a spot in the top four to qualify for postseason action.
This year, head coach Dan McGregor has a national silver medalist for a setter. Sydney Curell and the rest of the Rebels squad will get back to work at home on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.