The holiday break couldn’t be coming at a better time for the UNB Varsity Reds volleyball teams.
The men’s team enters the break on a three-game losing streak after dropping all three games they played at the second AUS-RSEQ Interlock of the season in Montreal. The losses dropped UNB’s record to 4-6 on the season and they now sit 10 points back of first place Dalhousie.
The Varsity Reds began the interlock on Friday night with a 3-1 loss to Montreal. UNB won the first set 25-19 but lost the next three 25-16, 25-20 and 25-17. Ryan Colpitts and Craig Toonders led the way for the Reds with 10.5 points each. Tristen Burridge had eight digs.
On Saturday morning, UNB fell 3-1 to Sherbrooke. The Reds lost a close first set 25-22 and then won the second set 25-13. Sherbrooke proved to be just a bit stronger the rest of the way, edging UNB 25-21 and 26-24 in the final two sets. Toonders had 13.5 points to lead the V-Reds offensively.
On Saturday night, UNB gave Laval a good run in the first two sets but ultimately fell 3-0. The Rouge et Or slipped past the Varsity Reds 25-20 in the opening set and 27-25 in the second. Laval earned the sweep with a 25-14 victory in the third and final set. Brett LeDrew and Toonders each had a UNB high nine points.
Up next for the V-Reds men’s team is a pair of home games on Jan. 10 and 11 against the MUN Sea-Hawks.
Meanwhile, things didn’t go much smoother for the Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team this past weekend.
Playing in the second AUS-RSEQ Interlock of the season at Laval, UNB lost all four games they played. After winning their first four games of the season, they enter the break with a 4-4 record.
On Friday, the Varsity Reds lost a close 3-2 match to McGill. The Martlets won the first set 25-18 before UNB won the next two 25-23 and 25-21. McGill won the fourth set 25-20 and the fifth and deciding set 15-10. Rookie Victoria Eadle led the way for the Varsity Reds with 16.5 points and 15 digs.
On Saturday morning, nationally-ranked Montreal swept UNB 3-0 with 25-16, 33-31 and 25-19 set wins. Eadle had 10.5 points in that game.
Saturday night didn’t go any better for the Varsity Reds as they lost in straight sets — 25-16, 25-12 and 25-15 — to another nationally ranked opponent in Laval. Eadle had 13 points in that game while Claire Richard had 14 digs.
The V-Reds played their final game of the interlock on Sunday morning against Sherbrooke and lost in straight sets — 25-18, 25-17 and 25-9. Eadle led the way offensively once again for the Reds with 9.5 points. Janie-Eve Doucet had 15 digs.
Like the men’s team, the women’s team returns to action on Jan. 10 and 11 as well when they host the Sea-Hawks.