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VBALL | Men’s Hurricanes take home first ever ACAA title; women lose a five set thriller in championship game

February 26, 2017

IMG_4266The Holland Hurricanes men took home their first ever ACAA Volleyball Championship on Sunday with a straight sets victory over the UNBSJ Seawolves. The ‘Canes won by set scores of 25-23, 25-16 and 25-23. It is the first ever conference championship won by a Holland Hurricanes volleyball team (men or women).

Brett Butler took home player-of-the-game with ten kills and nine digs. Dominique Ryan had a team high 25 digs while Tynan Murphy led the ‘Canes with ten digs.

Murphy and Jeff MacDonald both had three blocks for the ‘Canes.

The ‘Canes advanced to the finals with a straight sets victory over the Universite de Sainte-Anne Dragons by set scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-22.

Butler led the way with nine kills with Tynan Murphy and Gordon Veitch adding seven and five respectively. Ryan had 20 assists and Marcus Lapointe had 12 digs.

The ‘Canes will now travel to the CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship in London, Ontario hosted by the Fanshawe College Falcons on March 9-12.

The ‘Canes entered the conference championship as the number one seed after an 11-4 regular season.

The other seven teams qualifying for the CCAA National Championship today are the Camosun College Chargers (PACWEST champions), VIU Mariners (PACWEST runner-up), Red Deer College Kings (ACAC champions), Medicine Hat College Rattlers (ACAC runner-up), Fanshawe College Falcons (hosts, OCAA), Mohawk College Mountaineers (OCAA champions) and the Titans Limoilou (RSEQ champions).

On the women’s side the Hurricanes fell in a five set thriller to the MSVU Mystics on Sunday in the ACAA Championship match.

The ‘Canes dropped the first set 25-22 before taking the next two sets 25-20 and 25-18. The Mystics would force a fifth and deciding set with a 25-17 win in set four. The ‘Canes would not be able to get anything significant going in the fifth set and would drop it 15-7 forcing the ‘Canes to settle for their third straight conference silver medal.

Alice Marques took home player of the game with eleven kills, seven digs and three blocks. Gracie Ferguson had a team high 20 assists while Dana Trainor was all over the court in recording 25 digs.

Ferguson added 19 digs and two aces while Trainor had seven assists and a kill.

The women advanced to the finals with a straight sets win over the Mount Allison Mounties by set scores of 25-14, 25-18 and 25-13 in Saturday’s semi-final match.

In that match Marques recorded ten kills to lead the way with Brittany States adding six. Gracie Ferguson had a match high 28 assists along with two aces and five digs.

Dana Trainor had a match high 13 digs while Marques added eight in the win.

For more information on the 2017 ACAA Volleyball Championships please visit www.acaa.ca.

For more information on the 2017 CCAA National Men’s Volleyball Championship please visit www.ccaa.ca.

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