It was a busy weekend of Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) action for the Holland Hurricanes. The ‘Canes picked up three wins in six total games across the two sports. Here is a full breakdown of how they did.
Saturday | Hurricanes 0, USTA 3 - Set scores were 25-27, 22-25 and 16-25
It was an important match on Saturday at the McMillan Centre as the Hurricanes entered the weekend just two points behind the Université de Sainte-Anne (USTA) Dragons in the standings.
After dropping the first two sets by the slimmest of margins, the Dragons closed out the match in straight-sets with a convincing third set.
Luke Hyde led the attack for the ‘Canes with 13 kills with Cameron Calhoun adding nine. Hyde added two assists and four digs with Calhoun adding the only two aces for the ‘Canes and two digs.
Kiefer Sinclair had 27 assists and two kills while Tyler McBride tied Hyde for the team-high in digs with six.
Sunday | Hurricanes 3, USTA 0 - Set scores were 25-21, 25-20 and 25-20
The ‘Canes made up for dropping Saturday’s match with a straight-sets win of their own on Sunday over the Dragons.
Cameron Calhoun had 17 kills to lead the way for Holland College with Luke Hyde adding seven.
Carson Gray added five kills, one assist, one ace, and seven digs in the game. Kiefer Sinclair recorded 31 assists, three aces, six digs, and a kill in the win.
After going one-and-one over the weekend, the ‘Canes are now 5-4 on the season and are just two points behind the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies and USTA Dragons, each 6-3, and tied atop the ACAA standings.
With six matches remaining in the regular season, the ‘Canes will play their next five on the road beginning with a visit to Fredericton to take on the Tommies this Wednesday, and two versus the University of New Brunswick (UNBSJ) Seawolves this weekend. They will conclude their regular season on February 11 at the McMillan Centre in Charlottetown when they host the Dragons.
Saturday | Hurricanes 3, USTA 0 - Set scores were 25-14, 25-21 and 25-17
The Hurricanes were in top-form this weekend as they continue to hang near the top of the ACAA standings into the second portion of the regular season. They began the weekend with a straight sets victory over the USTA Dragons on Saturday evening at the McMillan Centre.
Jenna O’Neill led with attack for the ‘Canes with 12 kills while also adding two aces and four digs. Morgan White added nine kills, four aces, and seven digs.
Ella Hickey had 24 assists, four kills, two aces and four digs while Makena Marble led the defensive effort with eight digs with Lauren Rideout adding seven.
The Dragons dropped to 2-9 on the season with the loss and sit in a tie for eighth.
Sunday | Hurricanes 3, MTA 0 - Set scores were 25-17, 25-16 and 25-18
Sunday at the McMillan Centre would be a test for the ‘Canes as the Mount Allison University (MTA) Mounties were in town. The Mounties defeated the Hurricanes in their previous matchup on November 12 in straight sets in New Brunswick.
The Hurricanes were firing on all cylinders in the afternoon match, winning all three sets in convincing fashion.
Morgan White had nine kills to lead an excellent team effort offensively. Jenna O’Neill and Kateia Barenaba both had five with Charlotte Sweetapple and Mason Babey adding three each.
Ella Hickey had 21 assists, two aces, and three digs with Makena Marble adding 11 digs in the win.
The ‘Canes are now 7-3 on the season and in fourth place in the standings. They trail the top ranked STU Tommies (9-3) by just four points, and the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics and University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils, who are both 8-3, by just two points.
The ‘Canes, playing their next four matches on the road, will return to action for an important match on Wednesday when they take on the Tommies at 5pm in Fredericton; their next home game game takes place on February 5 versus the UKC Blue Devils.
Sunday | Hurricanes 64, MTA 70
It was a key matchup in the ACAA standings between two of the top-ranked teams, the Holland Hurricanes and MTA Mounties. After trailing 16-10 after the opening quarter, the Hurricanes jumped to leads of 36-31 at the half and 52-49 entering the final quarter. The Mounties surged to the win by outscoring the Hurricanes by nine-points in the final quarter on their way to the six-point win.
Lisa Bolander led the way offensively for the Hurricanes with 28 points; she also contributed three rebounds, an assist and a block.
Karla Benitez had a strong statistical game, leading the ‘Canes with ten rebounds, six assists and five steals; she added ten offensive points.
Lauren Armstrong led the Hurricanes in blocks with two, also adding eight points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal.
The Hurricanes fall to 7-3 with the loss and remain in a tie for second in the standings. The Mounties are now 6-2 and in a tie for fourth.
The ‘Canes will play their next two games at home, this weekend at the McMillan Centre in Charlottetown. They’re set to take on the STU Tommies who are 7-2 and tied with the ‘Canes.
Sunday | Hurricanes 85, MTA 88
It proved to be a test in the always-tough ACAA for the top ranked Holland Hurricanes on Sunday in Sackville, New Brunswick versus the MTA Mounties.
The ‘Canes led 25-20 after the first quarter and 51-46 before entering the third quarter tied at 64-64. The Hurricanes led 85-75 with just over two minutes remaining but couldn’t hold on as the Mounties stormed back to claim the three-point victory.
Jalen Menzies led the way for the ‘Canes with 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Kyree Thompson added 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and seven steals off the bench.
The ‘Canes drop to 8-2 on the season with the loss but remain in first place just ahead of MSVU (7-3) by two points. The Mounties improve to 4-4 and sit in fifth.
The Hurricanes return to action on Saturday and Sunday when they host the STU Tommies (6-3, third) for a pair of games at the McMillan Centre.
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Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
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Date: Monday, January 23, 2023