FREDERICTON, N.B. (from UNB Varsity Reds) — The Dalhousie Tigers scored a straight-sets victory over the UNB Varsity Reds on Sunday afternoon (January 28).
The Tigers swept a two-match weekend series with the scores of 25-19, 25-16 and 25-17.
Adam Spragg (Gilford, ON) led the Tigers, registering 29 serve assists and six digs, to earn Player of the Match honours.
“It feels pretty good,” said Spragg. “We feel like we’ve been building toward some good things. We’ve been working on a lot of our mental game, and I think that really showed this weekend. We were pretty resilient.”
“It was a good weekend, and we’re looking to build on it,” he explained.
Matthew Donovan (London, ON) had 16 kills, while Jeffrey Walton (Sudbury, ON) added 14.
Ryan Colpitts (Fredericton, NB) led the V-Reds with seven kills and seven digs. Drew Duncan (Winnipeg, MB) also had seven digs for UNB.
“I don’t think the result represents the differences between the teams,” said Colpitts. “We didn’t bring it, and that’s what happens. They’re not a bad team, so if we don’t bring our game, it doesn’t matter who we play, that’s going to be the result we get.”
The first set was close until Dalhousie fashioned a 3-0 run, pulling out a 21-16 lead on their way to the 25-19 win.
The Tigers served consistently in the second set.
Kobe Shannon (Halifax, NS) led a 4-0 run midway through the second, as Dal took a 16-7 to the technical time-out. They won the second set 25-16.
The Tigers built up to a 7-2 lead early in the third set before UNB was able to rally. The Varsity Reds pulled to within four points, at 13-9, but a 3-0 run helped Dal pull away for good, winning 25-17 and taking the match 3-0.
“It’s been a weird year, just playing UNB,” Spragg notes. “We’ve played in this gym a lot. We’ve played here more than in our own gym this semester, so that’s been unusual.”
And with the win, Dal improves to 5-6.
The Varsity Reds are now 3-8 and have lost five straight matches.
Dal will host UNB next Saturday (February 3). First serve is scheduled for 7:30 pm and Colpitts can’t wait.
“It’s good for us because we’re not playing where we want to be,” he explained. “It’s going to be a good test to see if we can make some fixes this week at practice and get better.”