Two teams that know each other quite well will once again face off in the Atlantic University Sport men’s volleyball championship.
The best-of-three series between the No. 1 Dalhousie Tigers and No. 2 UNB Varsity Reds begins on Saturday night in Halifax. Game two will be played at the Richard J. Currie Center on Saturday, Feb. 14 while game three, if needed, will be held on Feb. 21 at Dalhousie.
The Varsity Reds last won the men’s volleyball championship in 2013, beating Dalhousie. The Tigers won last year’s title, defeating UNB. One of the two schools has won every AUS championship since 1986.
This season, the Tigers won all four meetings between the two, including a 3-1 (25-20, 17-25, 18-25, 16-25) win this past Friday and a 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 9-15) on Saturday at the Dal-Plex.
Dalhousie finished the regular season with a 16-1 record while UNB went 8-9.
Women’s volleyball drops two
The Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team had a tough weekend, losing two games in Halifax.
On Friday, the Reds fell 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 17-25, 21-25) to the Saint Mary’s Huskies. Victoria Eadle had 46 attacks, Vanja Mitrovic 14 kills, Paige Paulsen 31 assists and Paige Nelmes 14 digs in the loss.
On Saturday, the Dalhousie Tigers defeated the Varsity Reds in straight sets (18-25, 13-25, 19-25). Janie-Eve Doucet had 28 attacks, Paulsen 18 assists and Nelmes 15 digs in the loss.
The losses dropped UNB’s record to 8-7 on the year, which is good for third in the AUS standings. The Reds play their final game of the regular season on Saturday against Cape Breton at 2 p.m. at the Currie Center.
UNB sweeps STU
The Varsity Reds men’s hockey team completed a season series sweep of the St. Thomas Tommies last Wednesday at the Aitken Centre, winning the fourth and final meeting of the year by score of 6-1.
UNB had a pair of goals from Dana Fraser and singles from Philippe Halley, Philippe Maillet, Peter Trainor and Cam Braes. David Shantz made 14 saves in the win.
STU head coach Pat Powers was less than impressed with his team’s performance.
“We just got outworked, outskilled … every facet of the game, we just got outperformed. It’s unacceptable,” said Powers after the game. “I just got done saying to the guys, we played three pretty good games against Dal, X and Saint Mary’s and then we come out here … I don’t know what you’d call that. It was a schooling is what it was.”
Maillet’s streak ends
UNB men’s hockey forward Philippe Maillet had a 17-game point streak come to an end this past Friday in the Varsity Reds’ 2-1 overtime victory over the Acadia Axemen.
The Axemen managed to keep Maillet off the score sheet for the first time since Halloween. During the stretch, the second-year forward recorded 10 goals and 22 assists.
After a slow start to the season, Maillet now leads the conference in scoring with 13 goals and 37 points in 26 games.
Fraser still lighting it up
Dana Fraser continues to light the lamp for the men’s hockey team.
In just 10 games, Fraser has 10 goals and three assists. He has had two goals in a game on three different occasions.
“Usually I’m more of a dish man so it’s nice to get a few goals here,” said Fraser following his four-point performance last Wednesday against St. Thomas. “Like I’ve said before, I’m playing with two good guys who keep feeding me the puck so I’m just trying to put the puck on net and luckily they’re going in.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had more goals than assists in my career since minor hockey. It’s nice to score and hopefully we can keep it going.”