Axewomen post 4-1 record at AUS Tournament
Event hosted by Acadia was a gruelling effort
If you are a volleyball enthusiast, you would have had your fill this past weekend as Acadia University was host to 13 AUS women’s volleyball matches.
The War Memorial Gymnasium was site of the annual AUS women’s volleyball tournament that showcases all six AUS teams.
The weekend was to begin with a Thursday night match between visiting Memorial and Acadia, but the game was postponed to Sunday at 4 p.m. due to inclement weather.
The Axewomen won all but one match. In their opening match against UNB, they came to life after losing the opening game and delivered three straight set wins to take a 3-1 match win over the UNB Reds on Friday evening.
Subway Player of the Game Regan Herrington was worthy of the title, offering an amazing 41 assists that led to 25-14 and 25-15 wins in the third and four sets.
Lucy Glen- Carter added to Herrington’s performance with one of her own that included a hitting percentage of 0.289 on 18 kills. Lauryn Renzella added 11 kills and 15 digs. Micaela Sabean recorded 18 digs.
Faced with two matches on Day 2 of the tournament (Saturday), the Axewomen delivered two wins.
The host Acadia Axewomen posted a three-game sweep of the Saint Mary’s Huskies in the first of two Saturday games.
Lucy Glen- Carter posted a match high 10 kills and kill percentage of 0.280 in the Axewomen’s win over Saint Mary’s.
Glen-Carter, a second year outside hitter, led the Axewomen to a 3-1 win over the Moncton Aigles Bleues in their second match of Day 2. Carter had a match high 13 kills and added one service ace and eight digs.
Subway Player of the Match, Jamie Crocket, recorded nine kills with a hitting efficiency of 0.900 in three of four sets she played.
In the most highly anticipated game of the AUS Tournament weekend ended in a 3- 0 Dalhousie Tiger win. In a match between the undefeated No. 5 Nationally ranked Tigers and the up and coming Axewomen fell short of an upset win for the Axewomen.
Crocket was named the Acadia Player of the Game for the second time in the tournament with five kills. Glen-Carter led the Axewomen with six kills and 13 digs. Peyton DeWolfe and Renzella each posted five kills.
The Axewomen volleyball team wrapped the five-match weekend as host of the AUS women’s volleyball tournament with a 4-1 record and a 3-0 win over Memorial.
Renzella finished with nine kills, 10 digs and two service aces, while teammate and Subway Player of the Match Claudia Yoell added five kills on seven attacks, two solo blocks and a service ace.
Only once during the entire match did Acadia trail Memorial (early in the final set). The Axewomen had a 0.266 team kill percentage and nine service aces in the win.
Acadia head coach Michelle Wood was happy with her team’s performance in a physically gruelling and demanding tournament.
“Playing five matches within three days is challenging not only physically but mentally as well. We’re fortunate to have the depth within our roster to have been able to maximize our performance within each match,” said Wood.
“Our area of opportunity moving forward is cleaning up our unforced errors that were highlighted in the matches against Moncton and Dalhousie. We will look to better our performance in our next match up,” concluded Wood.
The Axewomen will take on first place Dalhousie when the return from the Christmas Holidays on Jan. 10 at Acadia.
Jamie Crocket tries to deliver a kill versus U SPORTS No. 5 Dalhousie defenders.