VBALL | Hurricanes fall to Tommies in two ACAA playoff matches
February 26, 2018
It was a disappointing weekend for the Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s volleyball teams at the ACAA Championships in Fredericton, NB. The men fell in the championship game on Sunday while the women lost on Saturday in semi-final action; both matches were against the host, STU Tommies.
The men’s Hurricanes punched their ticket to the ACAA Championship game with a semi-final win over the Université de Sainte-Anne Dragons on Saturday in straight sets by scores of 25-12, 25-23 and 25-10.
In Sunday’s championship game, the Tommies won in four sets by scores of 26-24, 25-20, 19-25 and 25-16.
Brett Butler led the attack for the Hurricanes with 19 kills while also leading the way in digs with 15. Gordon Veitch added ten kills, four aces and eight digs in the loss and Nathan Archibald dished out 40 assists along with six digs and a block.
The Hurricanes entered the championship as the number one seed after a regular season of 13-2 while the Tommies entered as the number three seed after a regular season of 8-7.
The Tommies will now represent the ACAA at the 2018 CCAA National Men’s Volleyball Championship in Victoria, BC.
The women’s Hurricanes would fall in semi-final action to the Tommies in five sets; scores in the match were 25-19, 27-29, 25-20, 21-25 and 15-8.
Brittany States and Megan LeBlanc powered the Hurricanes offense, picking up 15 and 14 kills respectively in the match.
After Saturday’s performance, LeBlanc now holds the record for most career kills with the women’s volleyball Hurricanes, now sitting at 420. She passed the former holder, Sydney Foy, who previously held the record with 407.
Gracie Ferguson had 33 assists on Saturday along with 13 digs while LeBlanc led the way in digs with 22; Dana Trainor had 21 digs in the loss.
The ‘Canes entered the championship as the number two seed after an 18-3 regular season while the Tommies sat at number three with a 15-6 record.
The Tommies went on to lose to the number one ranked MSVU Mystics on Sunday in straight-sets in the championship game. The Mystics will represent the ACAA at the 2018 CCAA National Women’s Volleyball Championship in Grand Prairie, AB.
Although it was a frustrating end to the season for the volleyball Hurricanes it was not all bad.
In 2017-2018, the ‘Canes produced five ACAA All-Conference players, the ACAA men’s Coach of the Year, both men’s and women’s Liberos of the Year and most notably, the men’s and women’s Players of the Year.
Look for the ‘Canes coaches and players to regroup during the off-season in preparation for a successful 2018-19 ACAA volleyball season.
For more information on the 2018 ACAA Volleyball Championships including stats, scores, photos and more, visit www.acaa.ca.
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