VBALL | Hurricanes women split weekend games on road; men clinch first place entering playoffs
February 13, 2017
The Holland College Hurricanes volleyball teams were on the road this weekend with the men sweeping the UNBSJ Seawolves and the women splitting their matches in Halifax against the UKC Blue Devils and MSVU Mystics.
On Saturday, the men were victorious 3-1 by set scores of 25-17, 26-28, 25-18, and 25-23.
Gordon Veitch had a match high 11 digs while Kenton Dawkins added ten in the win.
Dominique Ryan had 23 assists to lead the ‘Canes while Marcus Lapointe had a match-high nine digs.
Ryan assisted on six blocks while Dawkins and Jeff MacDonald both assisted on five with MacDonald also recording a solo block.
The men were victorious 3-1 again on Sunday with set scores of 22-25, 25-18, 25-13 and 25-18.
Brett Butler led the way with 14 kills to go along with seven digs, one solo block and five block assists.
Veitch had eight kills and 11 digs while Dawkins recorded seven kills in the win.
Ryan had a match high 28 assists and Lapointe recorded 11 digs for the ‘Canes.
With the two wins, the Hurricanes finish the season with a record of 11-4 and clinch their first ACAA regular season title since the 2011-12 season, ending a streak of four straight third place finishes.
They will take on the fourth-ranked, Universite de Sainte-Anne Dragons, in a semi-final match at the ACAA Championships in Truro, NS on February 25 hosted by the Dal AC Rams.
The Seawolves fall to 8-5 on the season and are tied for second with the 8-6 STU Tommies.
The women’s team swept the Blue Devils in Halifax on Saturday by set scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-20.
Samantha Gerbig led the attack for the ‘Canes recording seven kills. Alice Marques added six kills while Gracie Ferguson and Brittany States both recorded four.
Ferguson had a match-high 18 assists while eight players had between four and eight digs for the Hurricanes.
On Sunday, the ‘Canes suffered a 3-1 loss to the MSVU Mystics by set scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-21.
Megan LeBlanc had six kills to lead the ‘Canes while Meg MacKinnon added four in the loss.
Gracie Ferguson had a team-high 13 assists while five players recorded double digit digs. Dana Trainor led the way in digs picking up 19 with Ferguson adding 16 and Marques 13.
The weekend split drops the ‘Canes to 17-3 as they are now locked into finishing in second place in the ACAA standings. The Blue Devils are now 2-16 and are in eighth place while the Mystics improve to 18-1 and will finish in first.
The ‘Canes finish their season on the road next weekend as they travel to Truro to take on the Dal AC Rams on Sunday; game time is 12:00 PM.
The ACAA women’s volleyball playoff picture is still unclear as the USA Dragons, Dal AC Rams and UKC Blue Devils are all competing for the sixth and final playoff spot. The third place team will take on the sixth and fourth will challenge the fifth in quarterfinal action on February 24 at the ACAA Championships; the Mystics and Hurricanes receive a quarterfinal bye for finishing first and second during the regular season. The semi-final matches will take place on February 25.
For full stats and standings for the 2016-17 ACAA men’s and women’s volleyball season visit www.acaa.ca.
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