Ax­e­women split open­ing week­end

A win against Monc­ton, loss at Dal­housie

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - WOLFVILLE, N.S.

The Ax­e­women left off from where they were in the play­offs last sea­son with a re­cent strong at­tack­ing game that swept the vis­it­ing Monc­ton Aigles Bleues 3-0.

In the Ax­e­women’s home sea­son opener, sec­ond year out­side hit­ter Tay­lor Col­lom­bin posted a game high eight kills for a 0.636 hit­ting per­cent­age and was named as the Sub­way Player of the Game for her ef­fort.

The Ax­e­women sweep in­cluded a 25-16 first set win that had Aca­dia in the lead for the early part of the game un­til Monc­ton tied the set at 13. Kills by Col­lom­bin and Lau­ryn Ren­zella, two Monc­ton at­tack er­rors and a ser­vice ace by Re­gan Her­ring­ton pushed the lead to 17-13 and the even­tual win.

Aca­dia pulled out to a com- mand­ing 11-3 lead in the sec­ond set and main­tained a lead no less than five points for the 25-15 sec­ond game win.

A much closer third and fi­nal set was tied at 11, but a kill by Col­lom­bin pushed the score to 13-12 Aca­dia and the Ax­e­women never looked back, com­plet­ing the 3-0 match win with a 25-18 win.

Lucy Glen-Carter and Ren­zella each posted six kills, while team­mate Re­gan Her­ring­ton guided the Ax­e­women with 29 as­sists.

The de­fen­sive game for the Ax­e­women was shared by all with 31 digs be­ing shared among many. Col­lom­bin led the Ax­e­women with nine digs.

Pas­cale Do­iron led the Aigles Bleues with six kills and four digs.

The Ax­e­women fell short in an un­de­feated open­ing week­end with a 3-1 loss to de­fend­ing AUS Cham­pi­ons Dal­housie Tigers in Hal­i­fax.

It was a see-saw af­fair in the first set with both teams trad­ing points early in the match. Aca­dia was first to 16 for the tech­ni­cal time out with a three-point lead over the Tigers. From there, the Ax­e­women pushed ahead to even­tu­ally take the first set 25-19, de­spite the Tigers best ef­forts.

The Tigers came out swing­ing in the sec­ond set with strong serv­ing from Julie Moore (Hal­i­fax, N.S.) and Lau­ren Koskowich (Cal­gary, Alta.), open­ing up an 8-1 lead early on forc­ing Aca­dia to take a time out. Dal­housie con­tin­ued the pres­sure and had a 16-7 lead at the tech­ni­cal time­out. Aca­dia was able to get a few more points, but even­tu­ally fell 25-13, leav­ing the match tied at one apiece.

In the third set, the Tigers pulled ahead 16-12 at the tech­ni­cal time­out. Dal­housie lim­ited Aca­dia to just four more points to close out the third set 25-17 to take a 2-1 lead.

The fourth set started just like the first, with the team trad­ing points. Dal­housie led by as many as six be­fore reach­ing the tech­ni­cal time­out with a 16-10 lead, thanks in part to strong serv­ing from Han­nah Ald­corn (Cal­gary, Alta.) and Libby Falken­ham (Hal­i­fax, N.S.).

The Tigers con­tin­ued to pull ahead, fend­ing off a late set five-point run on serv­ing from Ren­zella (Stouf­fville, Ont.) to win the fourth and fi­nal set 25-17.

Lead­ing the way for the Ax­e­women was Ren­zella who had 11 kills for 13.0 points. Her­ring­ton (Ge­orgina, Ont.) had 28 as­sists while Michaela Sabean (Bridge­wa­ter, N.S.) had a team-high 19 digs.

The Tigers Court­ney Baker (Bridge­wa­ter, N.S.) was named the Sub­way Player of the Game with 23 as­sists, four kills and three blocks. Julie Moore had a match-high 12 kills and 20 digs.

Both teams are back in ac­tion Fri­day, No­vem­ber 2nd. The Tigers host Saint Mary’s at 6:00pm while the Ax­e­women head to New­found­land to take on Memo­rial.

PETER OLESKEVICH

Player of the game Tay­lor Col­lom­bin digs ver­sus Monc­ton dur­ing re­cent Aca­dia vol­ley­ball ac­tion.

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