Hur­ri­canes move up

Hol­land Col­lege takes over top spot as it pre­pares for na­tion­als run

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Hol­land Col­lege Hur­ri­canes have taken over first place in the At­lantic Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (ACAA) women’s vol­ley­ball stand­ings.

The Hur­ri­canes de­feated the Mount Al­li­son Moun­tie 3-0 (2518, 25-16 and 25-17) Tues­day in Sackville, N.B., to im­prove to 13-2. Mount Saint Vin­cent is se­cond in the stand­ings at 122.

Syd­ney Foy and Meg MacKin­non each had seven kills while Dana Trainor had 11 digs on Tues­day. Emily Cald­well had four aces for the Hur­ri­canes.

This week­end will see the Hur­ri­canes re­turn to ac­tion at home af­ter play­ing five straight road games. They play the St. Thomas Univer­sity Tom­mies (7-5) Satur­day at 2 p.m. and Sun­day at noon.

The Hur­ri­canes have six reg­u­lar sea­son games re­main­ing be­fore at­tend­ing the ACAA con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships in Saint John, N.B., on Feb. 27 and 28.

They will host the eight-team Cana­dian Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion na­tional women’s vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onships from March 9 to 12.

They have a bye into the com­ple­tion as the host team, but want to earn their spot.

“Since ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the loss in the ACAA cham­pi­onship game last year, we are fo­cused on win­ning a con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship more so than think­ing about na­tion­als at the mo­ment,” said Cald­well, a vet­eran from Si­monds, N.B. “We are fo­cus­ing on one game at a time, and right now it is our ACAA reg­u­lar sea­son games.”

The pro­gram has had a ma­jor turn­around dur­ing the past three sea­sons, go­ing from hav­ing an 0-16 record in 2012-13, a 1-17 record in 2013-14 to 15-6 last sea­son as they won their first ACAA medal, a sil­ver in Hal­i­fax.

Foy, a se­cond-year left-side, said she feels the ros­ter has be­come more of a team dur­ing the past few sea­sons.

“I feel we’re con­nect­ing bet­ter as a team on and off of the court this year over last since the ma­jor­ity of the team has now played to­gether for two sea­sons,” said the New Haven na­tive.

Foy said play­ing in the na­tion­als in Char­lot­te­town gives them a home-court ad­van­tage.

“Dur­ing na­tion­als, the gym will be packed for ev­ery game, I feel it will give us spirit, mo­ti­va­tion, and the right en­ergy we need in or­der to reach our goals,” she said.

To re­serve passes for the na­tion­als, email hol­land­hur­ri­canes@hol­land­col­lege.com or call 902-566-9515.

Cald­well

MacKin­non

Foy

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