Assiniboine Community College’s gymnasium will be quieter for the next few months.
The school’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams have both dropped out of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference for the rest of the season, meaning ACC will be without any varsity Cougars teams for the winter semester. Both basketball teams announced they wouldn’t compete just prior to the start of the MCAC season.
ACC was forced to drop out of the volleyball leagues due to a shortage of players, which disappointed athletic director Larry Shannon.
“This is the most unfortunate news we could have come back to after the holiday break,” he said in a press release. “Primarily, it is a case of academic standing, whereas half of the players on each of the teams did not maintain the required weighted grade point average to continue with ACC’s athletic program. The college is committed to supporting the varsity sports programs that we currently offer and will be looking at strategies to ensure that the 2013-14 season is successful as possible.”
This is the first time since the ACC athletic program was re-created for the 2000-01 season that the volleyball team could not complete its schedule.
The school announced in October that it is starting a soccer program in the fall.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 11, 2013