Seawolves slay the Dragons

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UNB Saint John played host to Université Sainte-Anne in a back to back weekend home stand, in ACAA women’s volleyball action.

The first matchup between the two sides, kicked off on Jan. 25. The Seawolves came out strong from the beginning and managed to hold on to the lead to take the first set, 25-20.

The second set saw the lead change hands multiple times. The Dragons had a chance to take the set, serving for the win, but couldn’t capitalize on the chance. UNB Saint John would turn around and take a 2-0 set lead, with a 27-25 win.

The Dragons bounced back in the third set though, as they would pour on the offence and easily took the third set, 25-16.

Having caught the Seawolves flat flooted, the Dragons looked to mount a comeback and force a fifth and deciding set. However, it would be the Seawolves coming out on top, battling hard to earn the set, winning 25-20 and with it, the match.

Université Sainte-Anne would have a chance at revenge though, as the teams squared off just a day later, on Jan. 26. However, the Dragons would stumble out of the gate in the first set and the Seawolves easily took the first set, 25-12.

The second set would prove a little more challenging for the Seawolves, as the Dragons would recover. Both teams battled hard to win the set, but the Seawolves would prove to be triumphant again, winning 25-23.

Like the match the day before, the third set would, again, not prove favourable to the Seawolves. The Dragons came alive in the third, proving too much for the Seawolves, taking the set, 25-16.

However, the Seawolves sensed a victory at hand and would not be stopped. The Dragons battled hard to win the set, tie it up at two sets a piece, but in the end, it was the Seawolves coming out on top, winning 25-23 and winning the match, three sets to one.

The Seawolves received a game-high 17 kill performance from Alison Stymiest. Veronique Bastarache and Katherine Houser each added seven kills. Taneesha Dalling led all players with eight digs and Megan Fitzpatrick contributed 30 assists.

Hannah Bradbury had 11 kills and Danielle Walsh added 10 kills and seven digs for the Dragons, who also got a 28 assist effort from Gabrielle Mitton.

With the two wins, the Seawolves jumped over the .500 mark for the first time this season, improving to a 6-5 record and moving the Seawolves into a fourth place tie with St. Thomas University. The Dragons dropped to 2-10 and remain in sixth place.