VBALL | Hurricanes women sweep UNBSJ Seawolves; men defeat STU Tommies with a thrilling comeback
February 6, 2017
The Holland College Hurricanes volleyball teams had a perfect weekend with the women taking both parts of a home-and-home with the UNBSJ Seawolves while the men staged a comeback for the ages to take a five set thriller over the Tommies in Charlottetown.
On Saturday in Saint John, the women’s ‘Canes swept the Seawolves with set scores of 25-15, 25-23, and 25-22.
Brittany States led the way offensively for the ‘Canes with a match high seven kills while Samantha Gerbig added four in the win.
Gracie Ferguson had 14 assists to break the 1,000 career assist mark while also adding seven digs.
Megan LeBlanc and Dana Trainor had ten and eight digs respectively for the ‘Canes.
The two teams would meet again on Sunday in Charlottetown with the ‘Canes winning in four sets. Set scores in the match were 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21.
States and LeBlanc both recorded 12 kills in the win while Meg Mackinnon added seven.
Ferguson recorded 31 assists and nine digs in the win while Trainor and Kalie MacKinnon had 13 and 11 digs respectively.
LeBlanc and Kalie MacKinnon both had three aces while States and Gerbig each added two in the victory.
The pair of victories improves the ‘Canes record to 16-2 and in a tie for first place with the MSVU Mystics. The Seawolves fall to 9-7 on the season and remain in fourth place.
The women will be on the road next weekend in Halifax as they take on the UKC Blue Devils on Saturday and the Mystics on Sunday.
In men’s action the Hurricanes fell behind 2-0 to the Tommies on Sunday in Charlottetown before rallying to win the final three sets in an exciting and thrilling match; set scores were 25-27, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, and 19-17
Gordon Veitch had an astonishing 34 kills to lead the way for the ‘Canes white Brett Butler recorded 14 kills and Tynan Murphy added 12.
Dominique Ryan recorded 38 assists while being forced to miss the third and almost all of the fourth set after crashing into the bleachers. Nathan Archibald filled in admirably for Ryan and recorded 23 assists.
Murphy had a team high 16 digs while Veitch recorded 15 in the win. Butler added 11 digs and Marcus Lapointe had ten.
Murphy recorded four blocks while Andre De Souza had three.
With the win, the ‘Canes improve to 9-4 on the season and continue to sit atop the ACAA standings; the Tommies fall to 6-5 on the season and sit in third place.
The men will be in Saint John next weekend to take on the UNBSJ Seawolves for a pair of games.
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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