Axewomen split opening weekend
A win against Moncton, loss at Dalhousie
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.
Player of the game Taylor Collombin digs versus Moncton during recent Acadia volleyball action.