The Dalhousie Tigers and UNB Reds open the AUS women's volleyball season with two victories apiece as the Tigers topped the Saint Mary's Huskies and Acadia Axewomen while the Reds edged the Universite de Moncton twice in their home-and-home series.
The Tigers opened the AUS season Friday evening as they hosted the Huskies, blanking them 3-0 with Tigers came away with set scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-21. Julie Moore led Dalhousie with 12 kills and 15 digs in the match, with teammate Micaela Sabean adding eight kills and 10 digs, and Courtney Baker adding a game-high 28 assists. Bethany Smith led Saint Mary's in kills with eight, with Emilla Conlon posting seven digs and 24 assists.
Dalhousie then blanked the Acadia Axewomen 3-0 Sunday afternoon with sets of 25-16, 25-15 and 25-21. Fifth-year captain, Victoria Haworth led the Tigers to victory on both sides of the ball, picking up 11 kills, and 6 very key blocks in the win. Acadia was led by Lucy Glen-Carter who posted 13 kills and 11 digs.
The Reds opened their season with a 3-0 win over the Aigles Bleues in Moncton, with sets of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-18. Adora Rooyakkers led the UNB effort with 10 kills and 12 digs, earning Subway Player of the Game honours. Pascale Doiron led Moncton with seven kills and nine digs in the loss.
UNB then hosted the Aigles Bleues Sunday, where they earned another 3-0 victory with sets of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-22. Victoria Eadle (Gallagher Ridge, NB) led the Reds with a match-high 11 digs and was named the Subway Player of the Game. Ivana Urquhart finished with seven kills and four digs for the Aigles Bleues.
Despite their loss to the Tigers Friday night, the Huskies bounced back Saturday to top the Axewomen 3-1, with sets of 25-14, 23-25, 25-22 and 25-21. Megan Bruhm led Saint Mary's with 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .258 as Huskies handed Acadia a 3-1 match loss. Bruhm was named the Subway Player of the Game for her performance that also included seven digs and two block assists. Acadia's rookie setter Sydney Zakutney was named Acadia's Player of the Game. Zakutney recorded 34 assists and added nine digs and two service aces.
Saturday, Oct. 26
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