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Volleyball 'Canes finish regular season with three wins

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s volleyball teams picked up three wins over the weekend in their final games of the 2019-20 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season.

The Hurricanes women went on to win twice in Halifax, Nova Scotia to cap off their first ever undefeated regular season, while the men defeated the top-ranked, St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies on Saturday at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement (CCE) in Charlottetown, PEI, clinching second place in the standings.

In the women’s game on Saturday, the ‘Canes defeated the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics by set scores of 27-25, 25-22 and 26-24.

Sam Gerbig led the attack for the Hurricanes with 12 kills with Zayley Murphy adding ten and Abby Hyndman recording nine in the win.

Marissa Macaulay dished out 29 assists while Dana Trainor and Hyndman led the defensive effort with 15 and ten digs respectively.

Gerbig went on to add five digs and four aces while both Macaulay and Murphy had seven digs each.

The Mystics, the eight-time defending conference champions, fell to 10-7 on the season.  They also lost on Sunday to the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (Dal AC) Rams in straight-sets to fall to 10-8.

On Sunday, the women’s ‘Canes defeated the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils by set scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-21.

Gerbig and Hyndman both had nine kills to lead the attack with Murphy and Amanda de Carvalho Brito both adding five.

Macaulay had a match-high 21 assists while Trainor had 15 digs in the win.

Gerbig added eight digs and two aces with Murphy recording five digs and three aces and Macaulay chipping in six digs and an ace.

As the regular season comes to an end, the ‘Canes enter the playoffs with a perfect 18-0 record as the number one seed.  The Blue Devils fall to 10-8 with the loss.

The ‘Canes will receive a bye to the semi-finals of the ACAA Championships in Sackville, New Brunswick, where they will face the lowest advancing team from Friday’s quarter-finals on Saturday at 12pm.  The STU Tommies also receive a bye for finishing in second place.

In quarter-final play next Friday, the host team, the Mount Allison University Mounties (third-seed) will take on the Dal AC Rams (sixth seed) in one match, while the Mystics and Blue Devils will square off in the other.

In the men’s game on Saturday in Charlottetown, the Hurricanes defeated the Tommies in an exciting five-set match by scores of 25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 24-26 and 15-9.

Simon Archibald had 15 kills to lead the way with Riley O’Keefe and Cole Mackey both recording 11 in the win.

Brandon Hastings had a match-high 42 assists while Alex Joudrey led the defensive effort with 15 digs.

Mackey added eight digs and five aces while Archibald added nine digs for the ‘Canes.

The ‘Canes men finish the regular season with a 7-8 record and will enter the playoffs as the second seed after winning five of their final six regular season games.

Holland College will take on the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves in the semi-finals on Saturday, February 29 at 7pm in Sackville, NB.

With the loss on Saturday, the Tommies finish in first with a 12-3 record; they will face the 5-10, third-ranked, Université de Sainte-Anne (USA) Dragons in Saturday’s second semi-final.

This season, the ‘Canes have defeated the UNBSJ Seawolves in three of their five matches.

For more information on the 2020 ACAA Volleyball Championships, hosted by the Mount Allison University Mounties, 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: Monday, February 24, 2020