Hurricanes ready to return to the hard-court
January 9, 2014
The Holland College basketball Hurricanes return to the court this weekend with home games versus the University of King’s College Blue Devils. This will be the first ACAA league games the Hurricanes teams have played since the holiday break.
Both teams have gotten off to a blistering start to the season, the women are currently 6-1 and ranked at number nine in the CCAA national basketball rankings while the men’s team is 5-2 on the season and ranked at number seven in the countries CCAA rankings.
This will be the first time the Hurricanes and Blue Devils meet this season.
The women’s team announced recently that it has added Janea Barrett, a guard from Toronto who is expected to make her debut this weekend with the Hurricanes.
Janea spent the last three seasons as a member of Trinity College in Texas, highlighted by winning a national championship last year.
“I’ve loved Holland College so far, it’s a nice small college but has a big family feel, I’ve been here for just a few days and already feel as if I’m a member of the Hurricanes family”, shared Barrett.
“Being my first look at our team in regular season action I’m hoping we can carry over our hard work from this week’s practices. The team seems to have a lot of poise and great attitudes; we’re gelling really well so far.”
Head coach Mike Connolly is very excited with what Barrett brings to the team.
“We are very excited to have Janea join our program. It’s very rare that a student-athlete with her resume is available. What was most attractive was her history of winning championships wherever she played; winning back to back 4AOFFSA championships while scoring 27 and 24 is impressive enough, but to add a junior college national championship in the US as a starter is most impressive”.
“The other important factor is her character; everyone we talked to about her had nothing but good things to say about her. As we build toward a championship program, it’s attracting student athletes like Janea Barrett that will be our foundation”, continued Connolly.
“Coach Connolly has been especially kind to me through the entire process of me becoming a Hurricane, I’m excited for what the season will bring”, continued Barrett.
On Saturday evening the women’s game will take place at 6pm followed by the men’s game at 8pm. On Sunday the action will continue with the women’s game tipping off at 1pm followed by the men’s game at 3pm. All games will take place at the home of the Hurricanes, Holland College’s Centre for Community Engagement in Charlottetown.
“We are looking forward to opening up the 2nd semester at home this weekend. We want to set the tone for the rest of the season this weekend. We’ve played very well in stretches through the first semester, but haven’t played to our potential for a full 40 minutes. We’ll be looking to do just that in both games this weekend” said head coach of the men’s Hurricanes Josh Whitty on Thursday.
For those that cannot attend the game you are urged to visit www.acaatv.ca to watch live coverage of all Hurricanes athletics this season, whether the team is at home or on the road. You can also follow the Hurricanes Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes or Twitter account at http://www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes for live game updates.
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