The Dalhousie Tigers have taken a 1-0 series lead in the Atlantic University Sport Men’s Volleyball Championship series.
The Tigers defeated the Varsity Reds in straight sets (25-22, 26-24, 25-17) in game one of the best-of-three series on Saturday at the Dalplex. Game two is on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Richard J. Currie Center. Game three, if necessary, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21 in Halifax.
In the first set, the Tigers were up 20-15 only to have the Varsity Reds climb back and make it a 24-22 game. A kill by Kristen O’Brien would clinch the set for Dalhousie, 25-22.
UNB jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in second set but the Tigers eventually pulled ahead again. Things were tied late at 24-24 but a bad set by Tristen Burridge and another kill by O’Brien gave Dalhousie a 26-24 win.
The Varsity Reds were up 5-0 and 16-11 in the third set only to have the Tigers, once again, fight back and take the lead. UNB was up 17-16 at one point but that would end up being their final lead of the ball game.
Eivind Andersen had 32 attacks, 13 kills and eight digs for UNB. Craig Toonders, with 10 points, was named the Varsity Reds player of the game.
AUS announced the 2014-15 men’s volleyball all-star team last week.
The team was made entirely of players from UNB and Dalhousie. From the Varsity Reds, Craig Toonders, Marc White and Ryan Colpitts were all named all-stars. The Tigers’ Bryan Duquette, Jonathan MacDonald and Kristen O’Brien made up the rest of the team.
The conference’s three men’s volleyball head coaches selected the all-star squad.
LeDrew wins award
UNB’s Brett LeDrew was awarded the AUS student-athlete community service award this past week, making him the nominee for the CIS Dale Iwanoczko award. The nominee for the award is a player exhibiting outstanding achievement in volleyball, academics and community involvement.
“Brett has been an excellent student-athlete over his five years with the Varsity Reds, being a consistent leader in each of the three categories that define this award,” said UNB head coach Dan McMorran in a press release. “More importantly, he has also been an excellent person, both on and off the court, and a great teammate. We are very proud of him, as he is a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award.”
UNB’s Jason Kilpatrick won the CIS Dale Iwanoczko award in 2011.
Maillet finishes in top spot
UNB’s Philippe Maillet won the AUS men’s hockey scoring race. His 39 points just edged Acadia’s Brett Thompson who finished with 38.
Maillet also finished in a tie for second most assists in the conference this season with 25. Matt Tipoff of the Saint Mary’s Huskies led the league in helpers with 28.
Meanwhile, UNB’s Randy Gazzola finished the regular season with 22 assists, the most by any defenseman in the conference.
Lastly, Varsity Reds goaltender David Shantz finished the regular season with a league best goals against average of 2.24. He also registered a league high 18 wins.
Laval to host swimming nationals
Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced last week that Laval University will host the 2016 national swimming championships.
The three-day competition will be held on Feb. 25-27, 2016 at Laval’s new swimming facility. The event was last held in Quebec City in 2006.
This year’s Speedo CIS championships will be held in Victoria on Feb. 19-21.