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Volleyball ‘Canes challenging Dragons and Chargers

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s volleyball teams return to action this weekend in Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season play.

The men’s and women’s ‘Canes will host the Université de Sainte-Anne Dragons on Saturday at 4 and 6pm (w/m), before the men host the Dragons on Sunday at 11am.  The women will travel to Moncton, New Brunswick on Sunday to visit the Crandall University Chargers at 1pm.

The women’s ‘Canes, playing their final home game of the 2019-20 season, are 14-0 and lead the conference while the Dragons are in eighth at 2-14; the Chargers are in ninth at 0-16. 

The Hurricanes have won both meetings in straight sets against the Dragons this season, November 2 and 3 in Church Point, Nova Scotia on the opening weekend of the regular season.

The ‘Canes defeated Crandall in the only meeting against the Chargers this season as well, a matchup on November 9 in Charlottetown in straight-sets.

As a team, the ‘Canes lead the conference in kills per set (10.10), assists per set (9.52), and aces per set (5.10).

Individually, Abby Hyndman and Sam Gerbig are second and third in the ACAA in kills per set at 3.11 and 2.68 respectively. Gerbig also leads the conference in aces per set at 1.30 and is followed by a pair of Hurricanes in Kateia Barenaba (1.06) and Marissa Macaulay (0.94).

After the two games this weekend, the women’s Hurricanes will finish their regular season next weekend in Halifax, NS. On Saturday, February 22 they will take on the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics before ending their regular season on Sunday, February 23 versus the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils.

In men’s action, the ‘Canes enter the weekend with a 4-8 record and are in fourth place in the ACAA standings, trailing the Dragons (5-7) and the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves (5-8) by just two points.

On the season, the ‘Canes have lost all three meetings with the Dragons, all on the road. The Hurricanes lost in five and four sets on November 2 and 3, the opening weekend of the regular season.  They then lost in straight sets on January 25.

Statistically, the ‘Canes are second in the conference in kills per set (10.09), assists per set (9.72), and aces per set (1.83).

Individually, Gordon Veitch is fourth in the conference in kills per set (2.84), fifth in hitting percentage (0.209), and third in digs per set (2.27). Brandon Hastings is second in the conference in assists per set at 7.82 while Nathan Wills is third in aces per set at 0.48.

The Hurricanes will finish their 2019-20 regular season next Saturday, February 22 when they host the first-place, St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies in Charlottetown at the Holland College CCE at 5:30pm.

Follow the ACAA volleyball action this weekend by watching the action live at www.acaatv.ca.

For more information on ACAA volleyball, visit www.acaa.ca.

Connect with the volleyball Hurricanes by visiting www.twitter.com/caneswvball and www.twitter.com/canesmvball.

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: Friday, February 14, 2020