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Volleyball Hurricanes women win twice, men split

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s volleyball teams played four Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season games this weekend.  The ‘Canes women took on the Mount Allison University Mounties and Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (Dal AC) Rams, while the men challenged the Université de Sainte-Anne (USA) Dragons and University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves.

The women’s ‘Canes were victorious in four-sets in their two matches while the men were swept on Saturday versus the Dragons before mounting an incredible comeback on Sunday versus UNBSJ to earn the five-set victory.

In Friday’s road game for the 9-0 women’s ‘Canes, they travelled to Sackville, New Brunswick to challenge the Mounties, who were also undefeated entering the match as they battled for first place in the ACAA standings.

The ‘Canes went on to claim victory with set scores of 27-25, 21-25, 25-22 and 26-24.

Abby Hyndman led the attack for the Hurricanes with 11 kills with Sam Gerbig adding nine while Zayley Murphy recorded eight.

Marissa Macaulay had a match-high 28 assists while also leading the way from the service line with six aces and recording a strong defensive game with eight digs.

Dana Trainor led the ‘Canes defense with 12 digs with Gerbig joining Macaulay with eight digs. Hyndman and Kateia Barenaba each had five aces in the win.

The Mounties dropped their second match of the season, both at the hands of the Hurricanes.  With a victory over the Dragons on Saturday the Mounties conclude the weekend at 10-2 and in second place in the ACAA.  The ‘Canes and Mounties will meet once again on Saturday, February 1 at 1pm at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement (CCE) in Charlottetown.

On Sunday at home, the women’s ‘Canes defeated the Dal AC Rams by set scores of 25-23, 25-27, 25-21 and 25-17.

Hyndman once again led the ‘Canes attack with 19 kills with Gerbig adding nine.

Macaulay and Hyndman each had six aces to lead the way with Gerbig and Barenaba just behind them with five aces each.

Macaulay dished out a match-high 37 assists while Jenna MacFarlane and Zayley Murphy had 13 and ten digs respectively.

With the two weekend victories the ‘Canes improve to 11-0 on the season and continue to lead the conference; with the loss the Rams fall to 5-6 and sit in the sixth and final playoff spot.

In men’s action on Saturday the ‘Canes travelled to Church Point, Nova Scotia to take on the Dragons; USA would ultimately earn the straight-sets victory with set wins of 25-21, 25-23 and 25-22.

Cole MacKey had 10 kills to lead the Hurricanes attack with Riley O’Keefe and Ethan Arsenault-Saunders each adding nine.

Simon Archibald had a match-high 34 assists while MacKey led the way on defense with nine digs with Alex Joudrey adding eight.

With the victory the Dragons improve to 5-5 as they remain in second place in the ACAA.

On Sunday at home at the Holland College CCE, the ‘Canes dropped the opening two sets to the UNBSJ Seawolves, 25-17 and 25-22.

With their backs against the wall the Hurricanes mounted an incredible comeback that saw them win three consecutive sets (25-22, 25-20 and 15-12) to earn the win.

Gordon Veitch led the way on offense for Holland College with 18 kills with MacKey and Archibald adding 11 and ten respectively.

Brandon Hastings had a match-high 44 assists while Joudrey and Veitch both had 16 digs to lead the defensive effort. Archibald added seven digs and five assists with MacKey adding nine digs and Hastings chipping in with eight.

The ‘Canes are now tied for third with the Seawolves after Sunday’s victory; both teams sit at 3-7 this season.  The third seed has typically been an important position to sit entering the ACAA Championships as it means you will avoid the number one ranked team in semi-final play.  Watch for these two teams to elevate their games in the final five regular season matches of 2020.

The men’s Hurricanes return to the floor on Saturday, February 8 when they travel to Fredericton, NB to take on the number one ranked, St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies at 6pm. They play again on Sunday, February 9 at 1pm.

The ‘Canes next home game takes place on Saturday, February 15 at the Holland College CCE at 6pm when they take on the USA Dragons.

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

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, January 27, 2020