Men’s semi-final between Seawolves and Dragons a David versus Goliath match

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In the first of semi-final action for the men’s side of the conference, the first seed UNB Saint John Seawolves faced off against the fourth seed Université Saint Anne Dragons.

With a record of 0 and 15 on the regular season, the match up was considered one of the toughest battles that would need to be fought over the course of the weekend.

The Seawolves came in to the match, ready to compete with a star line up including #7, Jacob McLean, who was awarded libero of the year at the banquet on Friday night.

UNB Saint John had a strong start to the match, with the USA struggling to keep pace.

The Dragons, struggled with communication early, which was one of the contributing factors to their missed scoring opportunities.

Able to rebound, the Dragons took advantage of Seawolves errors, in play and serves to tighten up the score, 18-22.

The Seawolves weren’t going to allow the Dragons to claim the first set however, and with a big kill by #4, Peter Banks, the home team had the advantage 1-0.

The momentum that the Seawolves had appeared to continue in to the second set, as the Seawolves grabbed an early lead and continued to show their power and abilities, up by double digits.

After a run of 11 points, the Dragons got a serve opportunity, but it was short lived as #10, Nick Fraser, smashed a hard hit to the floor for a kill.

The second set ended with USA struggling to get in to double digits, and the Seawolves closing the set 25-9.

UNB Saint John’s pace appeared to slow in the third set, while USA picked up their game, keeping the set within a few points.

Ultimately, the Dragons were no match for the Seawolves who swept their match 3 sets to 0 and now advance to the final.

“Either team will be a tough match up and so we will be expecting a lot of our guys out there on the court”                                                                                                  – Kyle Blanchard, head coach, UNB Saint John Seawolves

UNB Saint John head coach, Kyle Blanchard was pleased with the team’s performance, and is looking for consistency heading in to the finals.

“I think on our side we want to make sure that we’re playing consistent ball, and we’re actually doing it at a high level,” says Blanchard.

Blanchard feels that regardless of who wins the second semi-finals match, they are in for a battle tomorrow.

“You’ll see Holland College and St. Thomas duke it out and they’ll play at a high level.”

“Either team will be a tough match up and so we will be expecting a lot of our guys out there on the court,” says Blanchard.

Players of the match were awarded to # 5, Dominik Fortin of the Dragons and # 3, Blair Doull of the Seawolves.

The Seawolves now advance to the finals tomorrow, and their opponent will be determined in the second semi-final match that begins at 7pm.