Volleyball ‘Canes host Tommies in weekend series
December 2, 2013
The men’s and women’s volleyball Hurricanes hosted the STU Tommies on Saturday and Sunday at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement.
The women’s Tommies would enter Saturday’s game at 3-2 on the season while the Hurricanes sat at 0-5.
The Hurricanes would open the game with a win in the first set 25-20, the first set win for the team this season. The Tommies would bounce back by winning the second set 25-22 and a dominating win in the third set 25-11 to take a two-games-to-one lead in the game.
The Hurricanes would bounce back in the fourth set, defeating the Tommies 25-20, sending the game to a fifth and deciding set.
The Tommies would go on to win the set 15-8, giving them the 3-2 victory in the game.
For the Hurricanes, left side player Kendra Dawkins had 12 kills while Emily Caldwell and Nikki Baker had six and five, respectively.
On Sunday the Hurricanes and Tommies would meet again for an 11 am matchup.
The Hurricanes would continue their solid play from the day before, winning the opening set 25-23 to take a 1-0 lead in the game.
The Tommies would bounce back with close set victories in the next three games, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-20 to take the game 3-1.
For the Hurricanes, middle player Courtney Price had 12 kills, four service aces and four digs while Dawkins, had 10 kills, four service aces and 13 digs. Baker finished with nine kills, three service aces and 16 digs.
The Tommies improve to 5-2 on the season and currently sit in second place in the ACAA standings alongside the Mt. Allison Mounties.
“It certainly wasn’t easy,” STU head coach Don McKay said. “Holland College have improved greatly since the exhibition matches in Truro, They have a new young coach and she is doing a good job with their program. They are playing tough, set after set.”
On the men’s side the Hurricanes entered the weekend sitting in second place in the ACAA standings behind the league leading Tommies.
On Saturday the Tommies jumped out to an early lead with a 25-14 opening set win but the Hurricanes bounced back with a big second set, winning 25-20 and tying the game.
The Tommies would ultimately take home the victory, winning the third set 25-20 and the fourth 25-14.
On Sunday the Hurricanes and Tommies would meet again for a 1 pm rematch which seen the Tommies win in three straight sets; 25-19, 25-22 and 25-17.
With the losses the Hurricanes fall to 2-4 on the season while the Tommies remain perfect at 6-0 on the season.
The Hurricanes now begin their holiday break, the women’s team will return to the court on Sunday January 12th when they host the Universite Sainte-Anne Dragons while the men are back at it on Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th when they travel to New Brunswick for games with the St. Thomas Tommies and the UNBSJ Seawolves.
The women’s Hurricanes will play exhibition games on January 4th and 5th versus the UPEI Panthers.
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