It will be a big weekend at the McMillan Centre as the men’s volleyball ‘Canes hope to advance to the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) finals, while the women’s volleyball Hurricanes finish their regular season on the road in Truro. The men’s and women’s basketball ‘Canes will also be in action on Sunday taking on the Tommies in Fredericton for a pair of key ACAA contests.
The men’s volleyball ‘Canes hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three ACAA semi-final playoff series after a four-set win over the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies on Wednesday in Fredericton. They’ll look to sweep the series with a win on Saturday at 4pm at the McMillan Centre in Charlottetown.
With set wins of 25-19, 29-27, 22-25 and 25-22, the Hurricanes defeated the Tommies in game one. Luke Hyde led the way offensively, recording 16 kills, six digs, three service aces and a block. Kiefer Sinclair had a strong game, registering 49 assists, five digs, two kills and a service ace. Cameron Calhoun was hot from the service line, recording four aces, 13 kills and five digs.
Defensively, Carson Gray had 12 digs, nine kills and an assist, while Chase Parsons recorded three blocks, nine kills, four digs and two service aces.
If the ‘Canes can secure the win on Saturday, they’ll advance to the ACAA finals. The top-ranked, Université de Sainte-Anne (USTA) Dragons currently lead the other semi-final series after defeating the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves in straight-sets on Wednesday.
If the Hurricanes do not win on Saturday, game three is scheduled for Sunday at 2pm at the McMillan Centre in Charlottetown.
The ‘Canes will conclude their 2022-23 ACAA regular season this weekend in Truro, Nova Scotia. The Hurricanes will take on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (Dal AC) Rams at 2pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.
The ‘Canes enter at 11-5 and in third in the standings, while the Rams are 5-11 and in seventh. The ‘Canes enter the weekend having lost their last match to the Mount Allison University (MTA) Mounties while the Rams won their last match versus the Crandall University Chargers.
This season the Hurricanes and Rams have played on one occasion; a four-set win on October 29 for the Hurricanes.
With two regular season games remaining for the ‘Canes, they’ll be looking to have two solid matches versus the Rams in hopes of securing the number three seed entering the playoffs. They can tie the MSVU Mystics and STU Tommies on points for first place, but the ACAA tiebreaking formula would seed the ‘Canes in third based on regular season matches between the teams.
It will be an exciting weekend in the ACAA with many playoff scenarios possible – be sure to keep an eye on acaa.ca for the latest updates from the final six ACAA games of the season.
Four regular season games remain for the basketball Hurricanes. They’ll be in action this Sunday in Fredericton versus the STU Tommies; tip-off is scheduled for 2pm.
The ‘Canes are 10-4, alongside the Tommies, who are 10-5. This is the third meeting between the two teams with the Hurricanes winning on January 28 (77-58) before dropping the January 29 matchup (68-62).
The Hurricanes enter the weekend after losing their last game to the Mounties, while STU enters having won their last three.
The battle atop the standings is a close one as the top-four teams are separated by just six points; the ‘Canes have a game in-hand over the other three teams (MSVU, STU, MTA). They’ll be looking to catch MSVU in second, as they are just two points up on the ‘Canes. The top two teams will receive a bye to the semi-finals at the ACAA Championship in Fredericton.
After Sunday’s matchup, the Hurricanes will have just three regular season games remaining before the playoffs; a road game with the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils next Wednesday, February 22, a matchup with the UNBSJ Seawolves in Saint John on Friday, February 24 and they’ll conclude their regular season at home on Sunday, February 26 versus UKC at 1pm.
There are four teams tied atop the ACAA standings entering this weekend; two of those teams will square off at 4pm on Sunday in Fredericton.
The Hurricanes, 10-4, will take on the STU Tommies, 10-5, in an important battle with just four regular season games remaining (three for the Tommies). The Hurricanes will look to jump back into the win column after falling to the MTA Mounties in their last matchup in overtime, while the Tommies have won their last three.
On January 28, the Hurricanes defeated STU, 96-91, before falling the next day, 101-92.
With just four-points separating the top-five teams in the standings, it’s mathematically possible for the Hurricanes to finish anywhere from first to fifth entering the playoffs, making each game extremely important.
The ‘Canes are in a favourable position, however, playing their final three regular season games versus UNBSJ (0-14) and twice versus UKC (3-11).
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023