Women sweep Varsity Reds; Men lose a pair
The Memorial volleyball teams had different results in their AUS opening weekend in Fredericton. The women started the season with a pair of victories over the host UNB Varsity Reds while the men lost both of their matches to the Varsity Reds.
The Memorial women began their road to the AUS championships in February with a pair of season-opening wins against the UNB Varsity Reds at the Currie Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday Memorial 3 UNB 0 (boxscore)
The Sea-Hawks defeated the Varsity Reds in Fredericton for the first time in eight seasons on Saturday night, taking a season-opening 3-0 victory.
Set scores were 25-20, 25-22, and 25-21.
Senior middle Chantel Jones led Memorial in the win with 8 kills and 5 blocks while teammate, and fellow middle, Angela Peddle had 5 kills, 3 aces and a pair of blocks.
Rookie Jill Snow gave Coach Bill Thistle two and half solid sets off the bench on the Memorial right side. Snow had 6 kills including a couple of big hits that kept the momentum with Memorial.
Laura Carmanico, a newcomer to Memorial's roster, had a team-high 13 digs while rookie libero Samantha Jubinville-Mah added 8 digs.
Fourth year Sam March shifted to the setter position for the first time in her varsity career, doing a great job coordinating the Memorial attack, on her way to earning player of the game honours. March had 22 assists in the win.
Three UNB attackers, Emma Hunt, Rebecca Glancy and Amber Gamblin each had 7 kills in the loss. Paige Neimes had a match-high 18 digs for the Varsity Reds.
Memorial head coach Bill Thistle was pleased with the season-opening win but was focused on improving his team after the match.
He said, "This is just the first match of the season and we have to clean up our attack and make fewer errors. We really expect to be much stronger as the season progresses."
Sunday Memorial 3 UNB 1 (boxscore)
The Memorial Sea-Hawks women's volleyball team, led by an outstanding performance from Laura Carmanico, completed a weekend sweep of the UNB Varsity Reds with a 3-1 victory on Sunday.
Set scores were 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18.
Carmanico, a fourth year transfer from Stittsville, Ontario, had 19 kills in the win to lead Memorial to victory. The left side added nine digs in her second regular season match as a Sea-Hawk after transferring to Memorial from Ottawa University to complete her Master of Science degree.
Middles Angela Peddle and Chantel Jones continued their strong play with 6 kills apiece.
The Sea-Hawks played a very tight defensive match on Sunday. As a team they had 9 blocks with Lauren Miller leading the team, as she got in on 5 blocks. The also had 50 team digs with Miller and Sam March each having 10 apiece to lead the team.
March continued her fine play after transitioning over to the setter position. She had 31 assists in the win.
Memorial improved to 2-0 while UNB fell to 1-2.
Head coach Bill Thistle was pleased with his team's performance this weekend.
He said, "We were very pleased to get a second win to start the season with a 2-0 record. We only won one match the last two falls, so it's good to have a winning record."
Coach Thistle is already looking at what the team needs to do next to improve in the competitive AUS.
He said, "We have a long way to go to get to the next level of play but we know what we need to do to get there. We need repetitions for our setters to better connect with our middle hitters, we need to be more consistent with our reception, our passing has to be faster and we want to speed up our attack."
Memorial's next action will be in their home opener on November 17th as they play host to Dalhousie at 6 p.m. at the Field House.
The Memorial men's volleyball team were handed a pair of weekend losses on their road trip to UNB.
Saturday UNB 3 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
The UNB Varsity Reds used a balanced attack to hand the visiting Memorial Sea-Hawks a straight set loss at the Currie Centre in Fredericton on Saturday night.
Set scores were 25-18, 25-18 and 25-12.
The UNB athleticism up front gave the Memorial attack trouble as the home team had nine blocks in the match. Middle Eivind Andersen led the Varisty Reds with 8 kills while Mathieu Losier had 37 assists in the win.
Memorial was led by AUS all-star Drew Stephens who had a match-high of 11 kills. Senior setter Brad Pitcher had 15 assists in the loss.
Sunday UNB 3 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
The UNB Varsity Reds (3-2) defeated the Memorial Sea-Hawks (0-5) 3-0 on Sunday to take their two-game weekend series in AUS men's volleyball action.
The Sea-Hawks gave a better effort on Sunday with a very competitive opening set. The final score of the first set was 29-27 for UNB. The Varsity Reds took the momentum from there, going on to win the final two sets by scores of 25-14 and 25-20.
Drew Stephens played very well for the Sea-Hawks in the loss with 18 kills. Brad Pitcher had 30 assists. Nathan Tilley had 6 kills and got in on three blocks.
UNB was led by Marc White with 13 kills. Former Sea-Hawk Brad Jolliffe played a set for UNB on Sunday. The libero from Clarenville transferred to UNB this year to complete law school.
Memorial's next action will be in their home opener as they play host the Dalhousie Tigers on November 17th at the Field House. Game time is 8 p.m.