This past weekend the Varsity Reds competed in Halifax, Moncton and Antigonish. Though all teams saw some success, there were many tight finishes and some upsets.
Women’s volleyball sees disappointment in AUS tournament
Women’s volleyball played at the AUS regular season tournament in Moncton with no wins. The team lost against Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie at 3 sets to 0 and 3-1 against Memorial. In their final match, the Reds were edged out by the Aigles Bleues by a score of 3-2.
The team continued their trend of losing the majority of their sets by less than 3 points, showing that they both have the potential to win but struggle to capitalize in the final stages of the game. Though they’ve finished the semester with a record of 0-9, the team will meet Acadia in Wolfville in early January.
Men’s volleyball wins third game
Men’s Volleyball faced-off against Dalhousie earning their third win of the regular season. In their third match against the Tigers in a row, the Reds were able to continue their streak winning 3-2.
After losing the first two sets, UNB pushed through three close games to secure the victory. The Reds will be competing in a tournament in Winnipeg during the holiday break, followed by the second interlock tournament of the year early in January.
UNB swimming places 5th in men’s and women’s at invitational tournament
UNB Swimming competed at their third meet of the year at the annual Kemp Fry Invitational hosted by Dalhousie on Nov. 17-18. The team competed against squads from Dal, Memorial, Acadia, and Mount Allison in the three day event in both heats and finals.
There were standout performances from second year Noah Horwood on the men’s side and from first year Jennifer Moore on the women’s side. Horwood had four top eight finishes, with a second place finish in 50 breastroke with a time of 29.60, just 0.48 away from the USport qualifying time.
Moore had four top eight finishes as well, with her top placing of fourth in the 100 freestyle in a time of 59.56. Overall, the Reds had 20 top eight finishes placing in fifth on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Men’s hockey sees one win and one loss over weekend
Men’s hockey met St. FX and Dalhousie coming out of the weekend with one overtime loss and one win respectively.
The X-men were able to challenge the V-Reds taking the lead early in the game with two goals to UNB’s single in the first period. After a scoreless second period, UNB was able to push the game into overtime with a second goal late in the third.
The short-lived overtime period saw UNB try to fight off St. FX shorthanded to no avail as the X-men scored on the Reds within the first minute. This gave the Reds their second overtime loss of the season.
The Tigers proved to be just as much of challenge as the X-men in the Reds’ Saturday match-up. Scoreless until the second period, UNB gained the lead off of a goal halfway through the game by Peter Trainor.
The third period saw Dalhousie tie the game early on, followed by two more goals by UNB. Late in the third, the Tigers gained two more goals to tie the game yet again, leaving only two minutes for a deciding goal. UNB’s Matt Boudens scored the game winner with a 1:01 left in the game to leave the score at 4-3 in favour of the Reds.
Women’s basketball goes to four wins and two losses
Women’s basketball met Saint Mary’s University in a double header, tying with the Huskies in games with one a piece over the weekend.
In the first game, UNB was able to control SMU for the majority of the game, winning with a score of 58-42, despite losing star player Grace Wade to a knee injury in the first quarter. After losing on their home court at the Homburg, the Huskies came back on Saturday to win 61 – 56.
Though the Reds had a strong showing in the first half of the second game, their momentum slowed in the third quarter and SMU was able to capitalize on this outscoring UNB 13-6. This meeting gave the women’s team their second loss of the season, now with a record of four wins and 2 losses. They next meet the Memorial University Seahawks this weekend at the Currie Center.
Men’s basketball continues winning streak
Men’s basketball joined the women in a double header at SMU, with a two game streak that brought their record to 6 and 0 and gave Javon Masters the AUS all time career point record.
The first game was dominated by SMU in the first half, with UNB at 17 points down into the second. The Reds put on a show during the second half, not only closing the gap between the two squads but scoring a total of 53 points in the second half to gain a lead of 11 points. They won by a score of 83-72.
It was during this game that Masters was able to break the more than two decade old record set by UPEI Panther Curtis Robinson in 1996.
Saturday saw UNB pull out a tight victory against the Huskies, winning with a score of 93-92 in second overtime. This win continues the Reds’ winning streak going into their last two regular season games of the semester against Memorial University this weekend.