(Halifax, N.S.)—The Dalhousie Tigers women's volleyball team swept the Memorial University Sea-Hawks in three sets on Saturday evening, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 in the 2017 Subway AUS Women's Volleyball Championship game.
Dal's fifth-straight title is the most in a row since UNB rattled off ten from 1960/61-1969/70.
Anna Dunn-Suen (Halifax, N.S.) paced the Tigers and all hitters with 16 kills in the win.
Kierstin Fey (Selkirk, Man.) led the Sea-Hawks with 10 kills while AUS MVP Jill Snow (Bishops Falls, N.L.) paced Memorial with nine kills and added 18 digs and 37 total attacks.
Dalhousie led 4-2 early in the opening set when Memorial used an 8-1 run to take a 10-5 lead. A 4-0 Dal run had the Tigers down one, 10-9 and both teams were tied 13-13 midway thru the set. The Tigers used a 5-0 spurt and took an 18-13 lead before closing out the set 25-21.
The second set saw Memorial leading 5-2 and the Sea-Hawks increased their lead to 9-6 before Dal tied up the set at 11-11. A 6-0 Dal run saw the Tigers up 17-11 and a 5-4 run pushed the lead to 22-15. Both teams split the next points 3-3 and Dal won the second set 25-18.
Both teams had ties of 8-8, 13-13, and 14-14 in the third set before a 4-0 Dal run broke the stall mate open at 18-14. A 3-2 Dal run saw the Tigers in front 21-16 and a 4-3 run saw the Tigers win the set 25-19 and the match 3-0.
Courtney Baker (Bridgewater, N.S.) had six kills for Dal while Victoria Haworth (Waverly, N.S.) added five.
The Ryerson University Rams are hosting the 2017 U SPORTS Women's Volleyball National Championship presented by Jason Rinaldi, March 17-19, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.
Subway Players of the Game, DAL (Marisa Mota), (MUN) Kiersten Fey.
Tournament All-star Team:
Saint Mary's – Shelby Charlton
UdeM – Christelle Bertin
Memorial – Maiya Westwood
Memorial – Jill Snow
Dahousie – Courtney Baker
Dalhousie – Marisa Mota
Tournament MVP – Anna Dunn-Suen, Dalhousie
Dominic Nolasco, SMU Communications
Photo Carter Hutton