ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (from Memorial Athletics) — The Memorial Sea-Hawks needed five sets to beat the UNB Varsity Reds 3-2, in the first of three-weekend matches between the teams.
The Sea-Hawks won 25-22, 25-13 and 15-9. The Reds took two sets with 28-26 and 25-20.
The hosts got off to a flying start, leading by as many as ten in the first set before miscommunication saw that lead shortened to just a pair. The Sea-Hawks were able to regain their composure and closed the set out by a score of 25-22.
The second set got underway in a similar fashion, with the Sea-Hawks taking an early lead, which they were able to hold on to throughout the set, winning 25-13.
The Varsity Reds took their first lead of the match during the third set and never looked back. UNB lead by as many as ten, before winning 25-20.
The fourth set was a tightly contested affair, with a tie at 14-14. The Varsity Reds showed a strong offensive effort and took the set 28-26.
Memorial came out strong in the deciding set, jumping out to an early 10-1 lead. UNB would do their best to close the gap, cutting the Sea-Hawks lead to 13-8, but the Hawks would take the final set 15-9.
Kier Fey (Selkirk, Man.) was named the Player of the Match, finishing with 24 kills and 19 digs.
Alison Poynter (St. John’s, N.L.) had a match-high 45 assists, while also registering 4 aces and 11 digs.
Maggie McLenahan (Oromocto, N.B.), who finished with a match-high 36 digs, led the Varsity Reds. UNB’s Julia Diemert (Egbert, Ont.) had a team-high 19 points while dropping in 5 aces in the loss.
The Sea-Hawks and Varsity Reds will square off twice more this weekend, with games scheduled for Saturday, at 6:30 pm AST, and Sunday, at 12:30 pm AST.