Hurricanes complete big weekend at home
February 18, 2014
Despite the wintery conditions the Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball teams hosted University of New Brunswick-Saint John in eight home games over the weekend. The ‘Canes pulled out five wins at the Centre for Community Engagement.
On Saturday the Hurricanes, although having showed definite improvement this year, proved to be no match for the UNBSJ Seawolves and lost three straight sets (25-21, 26-24, 25-19). Holland College’s Courtney Pryce and Nikki Baker led the team with 8 kills each, while Saint John’s Alison Stymiest had 7 kills and Veronique Bastarache had 6.
On Sunday the ‘Canes played the second half of the weekend double-header and again lost in three straight sets (25,-18, 25-17, 25-20).
This concludes the season for the Hurricanes however UNBSJ will continue on as one of the top four teams in the conference and will battle Mount Allison in the semi-final.
This matchup was a preview of the upcoming conference semi-finals and both teams were looking to scout the opposition and hone their skills to gain a strategic advantage as the league came to an end. On Saturday the Hurricanes showed their tenacious ability to hang on by pushing the game to five sets winning the third and fourth sets but conceded to the UNBSJ Seawolves 3-2 (30-28, 26-24, 25-23, 25-19, 15-13).
Sunday’s game turned out to be a different story with the ‘Canes taking all three sets (25-20, 25-19, 25-23) in quick order. Jeremy McKinnon led the team with aggressive play both at the net and defensively.
The ‘Canes go into the ACAA Championships at Mount Allison University in Sackville this upcoming weekend sitting solidly in third place.
More action on the hard court had the women taking on UNBSJ Seawolves in a double-header this weekend. Saturday’s game proved to be a game to watch as the Seawolves proved they are not a team to be counted out when the going gets tough. The ‘Canes led the scoring in the first quarter, scoring was even in the second quarter, leaving the Hurricanes with a 42-24 lead at the half. Third quarter saw the ‘Canes still leading in scoring (29 points to UNBSJ’s 19), but it was the fourth quarter that UNBSJ really put the pressure on the ball and scored 27 points to the ‘Canes 10, but it wasn’t enough as the ‘Canes took the victory 81-70.
Second year player, Stephanie Hiltz, from Dartmouth, NS led the ‘Canes with 22 points, while UNBSJ Seawolves top scorer was Emily Dowling with 19 points.
Sunday’s game gave the Hurricanes a chance to prove a point. Up at first quarter 21-14, the ‘Canes outscored the Seawolves by 15 points in the second, making it 44-22 at the half. Third quarter the ‘Canes led the scoring again, and in the fourth they outshot the Seawolves by 12 points to finish the game 91-51.
‘Canes top scorer was Jazlin Barker with 20 points, with Jenea Barrett not far behind with 17 points.
Brittany Mallory and Allyson McLaughlin both tipped in 13 points apiece for the Seawolves, while Leanne Davis dumped in 12.
On Saturday, the men’s basketball had their first game of a weekend double-header against the UNBSJ Seawolves. The Hurricanes outscored the Seawolves in all four quarters, with the score at the half standing at 52-20 for the ‘Canes. Final score had the home team doubling the visiting team 102-51. Second year player, Chase Bowden, tipped in the most buckets racking up 27 points, while Jake Kendrick put up 14, first year player Orlando Palmer shooting 13 and veteran Alvin Parker tipping in 12 points.
UNBSJ’s Ryan Foster led his team in scoring with 18 points.
In Sunday’s home game UNBSJ took the offensive early putting up the first points, which had Holland struggling leading by only 2 points at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the ‘Canes doubled Saint John’s points, and the score at the half was 61-40. The second half had the Hurricanes pushing the Seawolves to their limits. Final score was 118-73 for the Hurricanes.
Chase Bowden had a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Jake Kendrick also had 25 points, while Orlando Palmer racked up 23 points.
Nick Huggard from UNBSJ Seawolves had 28 points.
This weekend’s wins now have the Hurricanes tied with MSVU Mystics for second place in the ACAA standings, both with a 15-4 record. Moncton’s Crandall University Chargers still retain the top spot at 16-3.
Upcoming weekend action will see a huge home game with the Hurricanes playing the STU Tommies on Saturday (women at 2 p.m., men at 4 p.m.), and the DALAC Rams on Sunday (women at 2 p.m., men at 4 p.m.) as the regular season comes to an end. The women, who have a season record of 17-2, will be pushing hard to hand STU their first loss. The men will have their hands full with STU as well who are sitting in third place in league standings.
All games will be held at the Centre for Community Engagement. All games will be available to stream live at www.acaatv.ca with full updates being posted at www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes and www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes.
Please see the attached photo of Nathan Barbour of Montrose, PE, a first year student in Child & Youth Care Worker.
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