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Reds Notebook: Robertson honoured for academic achievements; Witteveen commits to Varsity Reds

MCpl Vincent Carbonneau / Rideau Hall

MCpl Vincent Carbonneau / Rideau Hall

Adrian Robertson was one of eight Canadian Interuniversity Sport athletes honoured in Ottawa last week as the top Academic All-Canadians from the 2013-14 season.

Two players from each conference were honoured in a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Robertson and Acadia women’s soccer player Michelle Pryde were the Atlantic University Sport recipients.

Governor General David Johnston presented the awards. UNB president Eddy Campbell, athletics director John Richard, Varsity Reds communications manager Hannah Classen and men’s hockey head coach Gardiner MacDougall were also in attendance.

 

Family visit

Will McFee, a native of Northbridge, Australia, doesn’t get too many family visits during the Varsity Reds men’s basketball season. That changed this past weekend when his sister, Rosemary, saw McFee star in UNB’s two wins over StFX.

“That’s my first family member to see me play,” said McFee. “I’m pretty happy about it.”

The veteran guard was named the player of the game in UNB’s 98-74 win on Friday, registering 23 points in 28 minutes of action. He added 21 points in 27 minutes of action in the Reds’ 85-84 win on Saturday.

 

New volleyball recruit

The Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team announced this week that setter Olivia Witteveen has signed on to join the team for the 2015-16 season.

Witteveen is currently a senior at École Secondaire Publique Gisèle-Lalonde and has experience with the Mavericks U14-U18 Volleyball Club.

“I first saw Olivia competing in Grade 11 and ended up following her Mavericks club team all tournament; I enjoyed watching her play so much,” UNB head coach Jilliane Goulet said in a press release. “Olivia’s an athletic setter and a confident leader. She’s an excellent fit for our program and we’re all really looking forward to Olivia joining us next year.”

 

Injury updates

The Varsity Reds women’s basketball team has had its fair share of injuries this season. But things are starting to look a bit more positive.

Following Saturday’s game, UNB head coach Jeff Speedy said that Caroline Healey should return next week from a concussion. Speedy also said that Annika McConaghy is about a week away from returning from an ankle injury and Colleen Daly is week-to-week with an ankle injury.

“She’s making progress – which is great because we thought it would be January (when she would return),” Speedy said of Daly. “I doubt she’ll be ready this weekend but when we go play our exhibition games in December she should be ready for that.

“She’s our starting point guard and it’ll be great to have her back.”

 

X marks the spot

Within a matter of hours on Saturday, UNB defeated StFX in three different sports. At the Currie Center, the V-Reds women’s basketball team defeated the X-Women 70-58 and the men’s team beat the X-Men 85-54. Meanwhile in Antigonish, UNB’s men’s hockey team posted a 3-2 overtime victory.

 

Around the conference

There won’t be an AUS team in the Vanier Cup this year following the Mount Allison Mounties’ loss in Saturday’s Mitchell Bowl in Hamilton. McMaster will play Montreal for the national title this Saturday… the St. Thomas Tommies men’s hockey team picked up their first win of the season on Friday night, defeating the Dalhousie Tigers 4-0. The Tommies lost 9-5 to the Acadia Axemen the next day… after going 20-0 last season, the Saint Mary’s Huskies women’s basketball team is off to a 5-0 start.

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