Challenging road weekend for volleyball teams
The Memorial men's and women's volleyball teams both faced challenging matches this weekend on the road. At the end of the weekend the teams would head home winless despite some competitive play.
The Sea-Hawks women's volleyball team lost both of their weekend matches against the Moncton Aigles Bleues in New Brunswick.
Saturday Moncton 3 Memorial 1 (boxscore)
Memorial got up early but the home team came back to take a 3-1 win in an entertaining opener to the weekend series in Moncton Saturday night.
Set scores were 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14.
Stephanie Lagace led Moncton with 12 kills in the win.
Memorial had three players with double-digit kills. Laura Carmanico had 11 while Chantel Jones and Jill Snow each had 10. Hayley Bremner saw the majority of action at the setter position with 31 assists. Carmanico and Samantha Jubinville-Mah each had a team-high 11 digs.
Sunday Moncton 3 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
The Moncton Aigles Bleues swept the weekend series with Memorial with a 3-0 victory on Sunday morning. Set scores were 25-18, 25-23, 27-25.
Joline Richard had 10 kills to lead Moncton, including a couple of critical points to keep the home team ahead.
The Sea-Hawks had a balanced attack on Sunday with Lauren Miller leading the way with a team-high 7 kills. Gillian Ricketts and Hayley Bremner both saw time at the setter position for Coach Bill Thistle. Ricketts had a team-high 16 assists while Bremner added 11. Rookie Jill Snow had a game-high 16 digs in the loss.
Memorial are now 3-9 on the season and in sixth place in the AUS. Moncton improved to 8-5 which puts them at second in the conference.
The Memorial men's volleyball team (1-12) lost their three weekend matches at the third Interlock tournament against the teams of the RSEQ, the Quebec conference.
Friday Montreal 3 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
The Montreal Carabins handed the Memorial Sea-Hawks a 3-0 loss in the Friday evening opener at the Interlock tournament in Halifax. Set scores were 25-16, 25-15, and 25-20.
Charlie Loignon led Montreal with 9 kills and 4 aces in the win.
Drew Stephens led Memorial with 11 kills. Kevin Delahunt saw some time at setter for Memorial, leading the team with 11 assists while senior Brad Pitcher had 9.
Saturday Laval 3 Memorial 1 (boxscore)
The Memorial Sea-Hawks gave the fourth ranked team in the country a good match on Saturday morning but the Laval Rouge et Or showed their poise to take back the momentum on their way to a 3-1 victory in Halifax.
Laval was dominant early, taking the first set 25-11. However the Sea-Hawks made some adjustments in the second set, evening the match with a 25-22 set win. Drew Stephens continued to lead Memorial while Josh Ennis also had a couple of timely kills.
In the third Laval took control back to take the set 25-18. The Rouge et Or went on to take the fourth set 25-9 to earn a 3-1 win.
Laval all-star Olivier Jannini was dominant in the win with 20 kills.
Stephens led the Sea-Hawks with 15 kills while Ennis added 7. Nick Hann came up with a team-high 11 digs while Delahunt continued as the MUN setter with a team-high 26 sets.
Saturday Sherbrooke 3 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
Sherbrooke University defeated Memorial 3-0 in the evening draw of the third Interlock tournament in Halifax on Saturday night. Memorial kept the sets close but Sherbrooke got big plays when they needed them to propel the team to a 3-0 win. Set scores were 25-18, 25-19, and 25-23.
Daniel Moreau led the Vert et Or with 18 points in the match including 13 kills.
Drew Stephens led Memorial with 15 kills and 6 digs. Josh Ennis added 7 kills and Brad Pitcher led the team with 16 assists while adding a team-high 9 digs.