Sea-Hawks play hard but lose all four
At the end of an entertaining weekend of volleyball at the Field House it was the visitors who walked away with the victories as the Saint Mary's Huskies swept the Sea-Hawk women and the UNB Varsity Reds took both men's matches despite a pair of five set matches on Saturday.
The Memorial women's volleyball team fell to 5-11 after a pair of weekend losses to Saint Mary's. The Huskies are now 9-7.
Friday SMU 3 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
The Saint Mary's Huskies handed Memorial a straight set loss in the opening match of their weekend doubleheader series on Friday night.
Set scores were 25-17, 25-15, and 25-18.
Shelby Michaels led the way for Saint Mary's with 13 kills in the win. Ariel Smith added 10 kills and 10 digs.
Senior middle Chantel Jones led Memorial with 12 kills and 2 solo blocks. Lauren Miller had a team-high 12 digs in the loss.
Saturday SMU 3 Memorial 2 (boxscore)
The Sea-Hawks rallied from two sets down on Sunday to force a fifth set but the Huskies quelled the rally to take a 3-2 decision in AUS women's volleyball.
Saint Mary's continued their effective play from Friday in the opening two sets with 25-21 and 25-19 wins.
Memorial then took the momentum using their balanced attack to take the third set 25-21 and the fourth set 25-17.
In an entertaining fifth set of play Saint Mary's got ahead early and Memorial could not recover, losing 15-10.
Ariel Smith, a fifth year right side, was a force for SMU with 24 kills and 19 digs. 6'3 middle Nicole McCulloch was big at the net for SMU with 5 solo blocks to go with 6 kills.
A number of Sea-Hawks made big plays in the comeback attempt. Fourth year middle Angela Peddle had a team-high 14 kills while Laura Carmanico added 9. Senior middle Chantel Jones had 7 kills. The pair of Peddle and Jones put up a wall at the net for Memorial. Jones had two solo blocks and six assisted while Peddle assisted in eight blocks.
Memorial's Tiffany Cooper got her first start at libero. The 6'3 rookie from Clarenville had a team-high 22 digs in the loss.
Memorial are now 5-11 and in sixth place in the AUS. Next weekend they will host Acadia in their final homestand of the season before hosting the 2013 Subway AUS Women's Volleyball Championship February 15-17 at the Field House.
In their final home weekend of the season the Memorial men's volleyball team lost both matches to UNB at the Field House. On Saturday the Sea-Hawks gave home fans something to cheer about as they put together a fine team effort to push the Varsity Reds to the limit before losing an entertaining match 3-2. It was also Senior Day as Memorial's two fifth years Drew Stephens and Brad Pitcher were recognized for their contributions to the Memorial athletic program.
Friday UNB 3 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
The UNB Varsity Reds took the opener 3-0 in a weekend doubleheader series in AUS men's volleyball action at the Field House on Friday night.
Set scores were 25-16, 25-20, and 25-14.
UNB's athletic fourth year outside hitter Julio Fernandez had a match-high 16 kills in the win. There are a pair of Newfoudlanders on UNB's roster. Third year middle Brett LeDrew, from Clarenville, had two kills in one set of action. Fourth year libero Brad Jolliffe, also from Clarenville, did not make the weekend trip due to academic commitments. The former Sea-Hawks is completing law school at UNB.
Senior outside hitter Drew Stephens had 9 kills for Memorial.
A number of vocal fans came out to support Memorial sophomore Alex Jurgenliemk. Jurgenliemk got one of the loudest cheers of the night when he check in during the third set.
Saturday UNB 3 Memorial 2 (boxscore)
The Memorial Sea-Hawks final home match was one of the most entertaining matches of the season as the home side gave a talented UNB side all they could handle before losing 3-2 in AUS men's volleyball action.
The Varsity Reds earned a 25-20 first set win with Julio Fernandez and Elvind Andersen each making big plays to led the way for UNB.
In the second set things started to click for Memorial. The Sea-Hawks defense was outstanding in the set as they made a number of athletic plays to keep rallies alive. Senior Drew Stephens and fourth year middle Nathan Tilley had some timely kills as Memorial drew even with a 25-18 set win.
In the third Memorial continued their effective play as they took a 2-1 lead with a 25-23 set win.
The fourth and fifth set would be very closely contested but UNB would complete the comeback to earn a 3-2 victory. The fourth set was 25-22 for UNB and the fifth set was 15-12.
Fernandez led UNB with 19 kills in the win while Logan Keoughan added 12.
Memorial's seniors Drew Stephens and Brad Pitcher both had fine games to end their home varsity careers.
Stephens, an outside hitter from Lower Sackville NS, ended his home career with 18 kills and 10 digs. Pitcher, a setter from Clarenville, had 49 assists and 6 kills in the marathon five setter.
Tilley had 17 kills for Memorial. Five Memorial players had double-figures in digs led by Nick Hann's 15.
Stephens and Pitcher were recognized in a pre-game ceremony where Memorial's Director of Athletics Michelle Healey presented the seniors with framed photographs. Stephens and Pitcher both thanked their coaches, teammates, friends and family for their support during their time as varsity athletes.