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Notebook: future bright for volleyballers

After having their season end in the Atlantic University Sport Championship semifinals, it’s time for the UNB Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team to look ahead to next year.

Although the team will be graduating three key players — Paige Paulsen, Vanja Mitrovic and Jacqueline Sebetovsky — the future looks bright for a team that was loaded with rookies and sophomores this past season.

“I’m really happy with the young squad that we’ve got on the team,” said head coach Jilliane Goulet following her team’s semifinal loss to the eventual AUS champion Dalhousie Tigers.

Goulet noted the strong performances of rookies Maggie McLenahan, Janie-Eve Doucet and Allison Quiring this season while Victoria Eadle was named the AUS rookie of the year.

“We’ve got a bright future for sure. I’m excited — or I will be excited once I get over this season,” Goulet said with a laugh.

Even though a promising future may be ahead for the team, Goulet said it won’t be easy to fill the holes left by the three graduating players.

“As people, they are irreplaceable,” the coach said. “Those three really are just incredible people. I can’t even say if we can ever replace those people in our program. We’ll look for players that can and hopefully we can find some players who bring what they brought. They’re really incredible young women.

“We’re expecting good things from the girls coming in but it may take a few years to get to everything that these girls brought to our team.”

 

New look for Carroll

In game one of the AUS men’s hockey semifinal last Thursday at the Aitken Centre, Tyler Carroll was back to his usual ways, scoring once and adding two assists. Something was certainly different, though.

Carroll, who said he hadn’t cut his hair in over two years, cut off his trademark flow and donated the hair to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients. It was the third time the fourth-year V-Red had donated his locks.

“It was just time,” said Carroll about his haircut. “It’s been long enough for a while and my girlfriend had been kind of urging me to get rid of it. Figured it was time to get it chopped off.”

“I think he probably had to adjust his helmet a little bit to make it a little bit smaller,” joked linemate Cam Braes after the game. “He always [cuts] it for cancer so it’s [for] a great cause. I thought he looked pretty sharp out there with the new hairdo.”

 

Gone viral

A huge third period hip check by Matt Petgrave in game one of the men’s hockey semifinal has gone viral online.

The hit, which was delivered by Petgrave on an unsuspecting Steven Kuhn at the blue line, has been viewed around 70,000 times on Vine since last Friday. Video of the hit even made The Hockey News’s website and TSN’s Bar Down blog.

 

Championship Weekend on TV

Canadian Interuniversity Sport fans won’t want to be too far away from a television screen on March 14-15.

Sportsnet has released broadcast details for the first ever Championship Weekend, which will feature the men and women’s hockey and basketball semifinals and finals all shown live over the two-day period.

Sportsnet’s 30 hours of CIS coverage begins at noon on Saturday, March 14 with the first of eight semifinal games. On Sunday, March 15, the first of four championship games begins at 2 p.m. All games will air live nationally on either Sportsnet 360 or Sportsnet One.

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