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Volleyball 'Canes go undefeated during weekend

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s volleyball teams won all four Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season games they played this weekend.  

The women picked up straight-sets wins over the Université de Sainte-Anne Dragons on Saturday in Charlottetown, PEI before defeating the Crandall University Chargers in Moncton, NB on Sunday; the men picked up a pair of wins over the Dragons on Saturday and Sunday at home in three and four sets respectively.

In the women’s game on Saturday versus the Dragons at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement (CCE), the ‘Canes won by set scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-21.

Kateia Barenaba led the attack for the Hurricanes with six kills while Calandra Bychyk and Kali Wilson each added five.

Kalie MacKinnon dished out a match-high 17 assists for the ‘Canes while Bychyk led the defensive effort with nine digs. Sophia Blanchard added eight digs, three kills, and an ace while Jenna MacFarlane added six digs and three assists.

MacKinnon also led the way from the service line with five aces with Barenaba adding four and Wilson, Bychyk, and Dana Trainor all adding three.

With Saturday’s loss, the Dragons fell to 2-15 on the season and sit in eighth in the standings.

On Sunday in Moncton versus the Chargers, the ‘Canes won by set scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-19.

Wilson, Barenaba, and Amanda de Carvalho Brito all had six kills to lead a balanced Hurricanes attack.  Blanchard added five while Bychyk had four and MacFarlane had three in the win.

MacKinnon dished out a match-high 20 assists along with eight digs and an ace. Wilson led the defensive effort with 11 digs with Blanchard and Bychyk each having seven.

With two weekend victories the ‘Canes remain undefeated on the season and lead the conference with a 16-0 record; the Chargers fall to 0-17 on the season and sit in ninth place.

The women’s Hurricanes will now focus on the upcoming weekend and their final two regular season games.  First on Saturday, February 22 they will travel to Halifax, NS to face the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics (10-6) at 2pm before taking on the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils (9-7) on Sunday at noon.

The ‘Canes will enter the 2020 ACAA Championships as the number one seed, receiving a bye to the conference semi-finals on Saturday, February 29 in Sackville, NB.

In the men’s game on Saturday versus the Dragons, the ‘Canes won by set scores of 25-17, 26-24 and 25-23.

Simon Archibald led the Hurricanes offense with 12 kills while Nick Blewett added eight and Riley O’Keefe, Gordon Veitch, and Cole Mackey all added five.

Brandon Hastings had a match-high 33 assists while Alex Joudrey led the defensive effort with 16 digs. Mackey added seven digs with Hastings adding six and Veitch five.

In the rematch on Sunday, the ‘Canes won by set scores of 19-25, 25-19, 25-17 and 27-25.

Archibald once again led the ‘Canes offense with 11 kills with Blewett adding eight and Mackey chipping in with six.

Hastings had 29 assists to the lead the ‘Canes while Mackey led the defense with 12 digs. Archibald and Joudrey both had 11 digs with Hastings adding nine.

With two important wins over the weekend, the ‘Canes move to 6-8 on the season and jump to second place in the standings. The Dragons fall to 5-9 and are tied with the University of New Brunswick (UNBSJ) Seawolves for third.

The Hurricanes will finish their regular season against the 12-2, St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies next Saturday at 5:30pm at the Holland College CCE in Charlottetown.

This season the ‘Canes have a win and three losses versus the Tommies in regular season action.

With the weekend victories over the Dragons, the ‘Canes are guaranteed to finish as either the second or third seed entering the 2020 ACAA Championships in Sackville, NB.

With a victory this Saturday over the Tommies, or a win by the UNBSJ Seawolves over the Dragons, the ‘Canes will enter the championship as the number two seed.  A loss to the Tommies, and a win by the Dragons versus the Seawolves will see them drop to number three.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020