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'Canes set to begin 2020 portion of season this weekend

It’s been over a month since the Hurricanes competed in regular season action; the volleyball and basketball teams are set to return to play this weekend following the annual holiday break.

On Saturday the men’s volleyball ‘Canes host the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement (CCE) in Charlottetown in Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season action; first-serve is scheduled for 2pm.

The men’s Hurricanes, the defending ACAA champions, have struggled early this season with a record of 1-5, sitting in fourth in the conference.  The Tommies on the other hand have excelled, leading the ACAA standings at 5-1, and sit at number ten in the CCAA national rankings.

This season the Tommies and Hurricanes have met just once with St. Thomas claiming the straight-sets victory on November 23 in Charlottetown.

Two additions to the men’s volleyball Hurricanes lineup for the second semester are outside hitter, Aaron Pugh (Fredericton, NB), as well as second-year libero, Zach Thibodeau (Charlottetown, PEI).

The women’s volleyball Hurricanes will return to action on Sunday when they host the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils at the CCE at 2pm.

The ‘Canes have had a tremendous start to the season, leading the ACAA standings with an 8-0 record and being ranked at number eleven in the country by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), while the Blue Devils currently sit in fifth in the conference at 4-3.

The Hurricanes were victorious in their previous matchup with the Blue Devils, a straight-sets sweep on November 24 in Halifax, NS.

The roster is unchanged for the women’s volleyball Hurricanes entering the second semester as they look to continue to surge ahead in their remaining ten regular season games.

On the basketball court the Hurricanes will take on the Crandall University Chargers on back-to-back days this weekend; first in Moncton on Saturday at 2 and 4pm, followed by games at 5 and 7pm on Sunday at the CCE in Charlottetown (w/m).

The women’s Hurricanes sit at number 13 in the CCAA national rankings this week, and in third place in the ACAA standings with a record of 4-2; the Chargers have struggled to an 0-7 record so far this season.  On December 2 the Hurricanes earned the 77-53 victory in their only meeting versus Crandall this season in Moncton, NB.

The Hurricanes welcome the addition of Courtney Cain Nordin to their roster for the second semester.  Nordin, a former member of the Saint Mary’s University (SMU) Huskies of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and U SPORTS, joins the Hurricanes in her fourth year of eligibility; she’s a forward from Halifax, NS.

The men’s Hurricanes return to the court in second place in the ACAA with a 4-2 record this semester while also being positioned at number 13 in the CCAA national rankings; the Crandall Chargers are right there with them in conference play at 4-3.  The ‘Canes defeated the Chargers 81-70 on December 2 in Moncton in their only meeting prior to the holiday break.

The addition of first-year forward, Adrian Thompson (Nassau, Bahamas) and fourth-year guard, Logan Rempel (Grande Prairie, AB) will create some interesting decisions for the ‘Canes coaching staff in the second half of the season as they chase their eighth straight ACAA conference title.

Fans are encouraged to check out the Hurricanes court teams this weekend with plenty of opportunities to see home action live. 

The women’s hockey Hurricanes are set to resume their Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) regular season on January 18 and 19 when they host the Cape Breton University (CBU) Capers at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague, PEI.

All six Hurricanes basketball and volleyball games this weekend will be available to watch live at www.acaatv.ca.

For more information on the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association please visit www.acaa.ca.

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 09, 2020