Volleyball teams on the road for exhibition tournaments
The men's volleyball team will have their first exhibition test of the preseason this weekend at the Royal Military College Invitational while the women are on the road for their second preseason tournament in Montreal at McGill.
The Sea-Hawks women's volleyball will be travelling to Montreal to compete in a weekend long exhibition tournament hosted by McGill. The first game of the weekend will be against the host team on Friday night at 4:30pm NL. The rest of the games will be dependent on the performance of each team with the finals being played on Sunday at 3:00pm NL. The other teams participating in the tournament are Saint Mary's, Sherbrooke, Montreal and Waterloo.
After winning three of four games in Halifax two weekends ago at the Dalhousie Invitational the Sea-Hawks will be using this weekend to solidify their lineup and continue to grow to their potential as a team. Many of the newcomers to the Sea-Hawks will see playing time this weekend to allow Coach Bill Thistle to see how they respond to different situations.
Coach Thistle was pleased with the team's performance in Halifax and will be looking to build on that effort. Rookie Gillian Ricketts has stepped into the role of setter vacated by the graduating Beth Forsey. Ricketts has shown incredible growth as a player in the offseason.
The veteran core of Chantel Jones, Sam March and Angela Peddle will be at the heart of the Memorial attack this season. Jones and Peddle also give Memorial two tall, athletic players in the blocking game.
Coach Luke Harris' men's volleyball team will see their first CIS exhibition action of 2012-13 this weekend as the team travels to Kingston to compete in the Royal Military College's exhibition volleyball tournament.
The team will compete against the host Paladins Friday before playing Nipissing and Windsor Saturday. The Sea-Hawks will close the tournament on Sunday against McGill.
2011-12 AUS all-star Drew Stephens will lead the Sea-Hawks attack again this season. Veteran Brad Pitcher will give the team stability at the setter position. Stephens and Pitcher will be entering their fifth and final seasons of varsity competition.
Other players to watch include big Nathan Tilley, standing at 6'7 and Jared Stokes who will enter his second season at libero.
Coach Harris will use the weekend to evaluate his team against CIS competition. Harris' roster features a rookie class of seven athletes who will be competing for playing time and trying to carve out a role this weekend.