Cum­mings, Ryan and St. Ge­orges named AUS volleyball all-stars

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO CAPE BRE­TON POST tj­colello@cb­

SYD­NEY — Three mem­bers of the Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Capers women’s volleyball team were named At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport all-stars, Wed­nes­day.

Left side Hi­lary Cum­mings of Sus­sex, N.B., and libero Kris­ten Ryan of Port Hast­ings were named to the first team, while mid­dle Vanessa St. Ge­orges of Mid­dle­ton was named to the sec­ond team. It’s the first time in the Capers pro­gram that two play­ers have been named to the first team in the same sea­son.

“I think it’s just an in­di­ca­tion, for one thing, of our level of play this year, even if we didn’t have as many wins as we’d hoped for,” said Capers head coach Claude Lapré. “Th­ese three play­ers step up all the time and con­trib­ute in dif­fer­ent ways.

“One’s a front-row spe­cial­ist, one’s a de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist and the other’s an all-around player. But all three are strong com­peti­tors, so that’s why they get rec­og­nized.”

Ryan, a third year player, led the con­fer­ence in to­tal digs with 333 and av­er­aged 4.9 digs per game, while Cum­mings, in her fourth year, is sec­ond on her team in kills per game with 2.69, first in points per game with 3.01 and sec­ond in kills per game with 2.69.

They’re joined on the first team by Jil­lian Blan­chard and Tanya Paulin of the Uni­ver­sity of New Brunswick Var­sity Reds, Kerri Smit and Ali­son Beaver of the Saint Mary’s Huskies and Cather­ine Thorn­ton of the St. Fran­cis Xavier X-Women.

St. Ge­orges, a third year player, led the Capers in kills (211) and kills per game (3.1), hit­ting per­cent­age (.27), blocks (61) and blocks per game (.9) this sea­son. She’s joined on the sec­ond team by Alex Quinn, Leah McIn­nis and Katherine Ryan of the XWomen, Barb Vriends of the Var­sity Reds, Louis Facca of the Dal­housie Tigers and Alyssa Berry of the Aca­dia Ax­e­men.

The AUS all-rookie team was also named. It in­cludes Re­becca Glancy and Emma Hunt from UNB, Meg Rec­tor and Kris­ten Bolduc of Aca­dia, Hi­lary Sears of Dal­housie and Véronique Car­roll of the Univer­sité de Monc­ton.

The AUS ma­jor award win­ners will be an­nounced to­day, head­ing into the 2010 Sub­way At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport women’s volleyball cham­pi­onship be­ing hosted by Saint Mary’s Uni­ver­sity in Hal­i­fax. The con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship be­gins Fri­day.

The Capers are the No. 5 seed and play the No. 4 Var­sity Reds Fri­day at 8 p.m. in the quar­ter­fi­nal. No. 3 Aca­dia plays No. 6 Dal­housie at 6 p.m.

Satur­day, the low­est re­main­ing seed from the semi­fi­nal will play the No. 1 St. Fran­cis Xavier at 4:30 p.m., while the high­est re­main­ing seed chal­lenges No. 2 Saint Mary’s at 7 p.m. The semi­fi­nal win­ners will meet in the fi­nal Sun­day at 2 p.m.

Kristin Ryan

Vanessa St. Ge­orges

Hil­lary Cum­mings

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