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Busy weekend ahead for Hurricanes on home soil

It will be a busy weekend on Prince Edward Island for the Hurricanes as they host ten combined home games on Saturday and Sunday in regular season basketball, volleyball and hockey action.

The volleyball ‘Canes will continue their Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) seasons on Saturday when the men’s and women’s teams welcome the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves to the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement (CCE).  The women will hit the court first at 1pm with the men’s game to follow at 3pm before the teams return to action on Sunday when the men’s Hurricanes host the Seawolves once again (10am), before the women’s ‘Canes challenge the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils (12pm).

The women’s Hurricanes, ranked tenth in the country by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), enter the weekend at 8-0 and lead the ACAA standings this season; the Seawolves are 2-6 and sit in seventh.  This is the first meeting between the Hurricanes and Seawolves this season.

Sunday’s opponent, the UKC Blue Devils, enter the weekend at 5-3 and in third place in the standings.  The ‘Canes defeated UKC on November 24 in Halifax, Nova Scotia in straight sets; Sunday’s match was originally scheduled to be played on January 12 but poor weather forced the game to be rescheduled to Sunday.

While the women are seemingly on cruise control this season, the men’s volleyball Hurricanes are still trying to find their stride as we enter the second half of the regular season.

Sitting in fourth place at 1-6, the defending ACAA champions will look to break out this weekend on home court versus the 3-4, third place, UNBSJ Seawolves.

In three matches this season, the ‘Canes earned their lone victory on November 9 in Charlottetown versus UNBSJ in four sets.  In two matches since, on November 16 and 17 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the Seawolves earned victories in five and straight-sets respectively.

The ‘Canes are hoping the additions of Aaron Pugh and Zach Thibodeau will provide a boost in the final eight games of the regular season prior to the conference championships in Sackville, New Brunswick.

On the basketball court, the ‘Canes are set to host the UKC Blue Devils for back-to-back days of regular season action at the Holland College CCE.  The women will hit the floor at 5:30pm on Saturday followed by the men at 7:30pm.  The action continues on Sunday with games taking place at 2 and 4pm (w/m).

The ‘Canes women, tenth in the CCAA national rankings this week, sit at 5-2 and in second place in the ACAA alongside their opponents, the UKC Blue Devils (ranked 15th nationally).  This is their first meeting of the season.

This is the first chance that Hurricanes fans can see second semester addition, Courtney Cain-Nordin, in the maroon and black.  She was named the Hurricanes Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after leading the ‘Canes to victory last Saturday in Moncton versus the Crandall University Chargers.

The men’s Hurricanes, also 5-2 and in second place in the ACAA this season, were ranked at number 12 in the country by the CCAA this week.  They’re set to host the 2-5 Blue Devils who currently sit at number six in the conference standings.  This is also the first time these two teams have met this season.

Second semester additions to the roster include Logan Rempel and Adrian Thompson for the Hurricanes who will both make their home debuts this weekend.

Nathan Anderson, last week’s Hurricanes Athlete of the Week, was also named the ACAA Athlete of the Week after he led the ‘Canes past the Crandall Chargers last Saturday with 16 points, 16 rebounds and one block in their 91-76 road win.

In what seems like it’s been forever, the ‘Canes women’s hockey team is set to return to the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague, PEI when they host the Cape Breton University (CBU) Capers this weekend.

In a season heavily affected by poor weather to-date, the ‘Canes and Capers have only managed to play a combined four regular season games in the first-half of the season, both versus the Acadia Axewomen.

Both teams enter Saturday’s Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) matchup at 0-2.  The ‘Canes dropped games to Acadia on November 2 and 3 in Montague, both in 4-2 losses.  While the Capers fell to Acadia on October 26 and 27 in Wolfville, NS by scores of 5-0 and 3-1.

All ten of this weekend’s home games are part of Keep it Social Weekend; fans are encouraged to check out a game or two and enjoy the activities and giveaways planned by the Holland Hurricanes.

For live updates from all ten weekend home games, please be sure to follow the Hurricanes social media accounts all weekend long.  The basketball and volleyball games will also be available to live stream by visiting www.acaatv.ca.

Connect with the volleyball, basketball and hockey Hurricanes by visiting the following Twitter links: www.twitter.com/caneswvball, www.twitter.com/canesmvball, www.twitter.com/caneswbball, www.twitter.com/canesmbball and www.twitter.com/caneswhockey.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020