VBALL | Hurricanes chasing conference titles this weekend in Fredericton
February 22, 2018
The men’s and women’s volleyball Hurricanes have championship banners on their minds as they prepare to attend the 2018 ACAA Volleyball Championships this weekend in Fredericton, NB; the event is hosted by the STU Tommies.
The event will begin on Friday with women’s quarterfinal matches followed by the annual ACAA volleyball awards banquet that evening.
The Hurricanes will then suit up for semi-final action on Saturday.
The women enter the championship as the second seed after an 18-3 regular season while the men are the number one ranked team with a record of 13-2.
The women’s Hurricanes will be paying close attention to the quarterfinal matches being played on Friday, as they will take on the highest advancing winner on Saturday at 2pm; the top ranked MSVU Mystics will challenge the lowest advancing winner in Saturday’s other semi-final match.
On Friday at 1pm the UNBSJ Seawolves (4) will take on the Mount Allison Mounties (5) before the STU Tommies (3) face the UKC Blue Devils (6) at 3pm in women’s quarterfinal matches.
The women’s Hurricanes were a perfect 3-0 against each of the competing quarterfinal teams during the regular season in 2017-18.
During the regular season Megan LeBlanc led the ACAA in kills, finished second in kills per set and digs and finished fifth in digs per set. Brittany States led the conference in hitting percentage while finishing second in kills and fourth in kills per set. Dana Trainor led the ACAA in total digs and digs per set while Sam Gerbig led in service aces per set and Gracie Ferguson led in total assists.
The men’s Hurricanes will kick-off their championship on Saturday at 5pm when they take on the fourth seed, Université de Sainte-Anne Dragons, in men’s semi-final action.
This season the Hurricanes won all five matches versus the Dragons, each in straight sets. The Dragons finished the regular season with a 0-15 record.
During the regular season the Hurricanes had several players sit near the top of the statistical leaders in the ACAA.
Brett Butler led the conference in total kills and kills per set, finished in second in hitting percentage and fourth in service aces per set. Nicholas Menzies led the ACAA in assists per set while Gordon Veitch finished third in service aces per set, kills and kills per set, fourth in hitting percentage, digs and digs per set.
Marcus Lapointe finished in second in digs per set and third in total digs while Jeff MacDonald finished in third in blocks per set. Nathan Archibald finished in third in assists per set while Aaron Pugh finished in fifth in service aces per set.
The action can be followed live this weekend at www.acaatv.ca.
For more information on the 2018 ACAA Volleyball Championships visit www.acaa.ca.
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