After Sunday’s five-set loss to the St Thomas University Tommies, the UNB Saint John Seawolves men’s volleyball team showed up to the game eager for a win.
The game, which occurred at the G. Elliot Forbes Athletics Centre, was played out in front of a full crowd of Tommies and Seawolves fans alike.
“I really thought that was the best we played as a team all season,” said starting setter Patrick Kendall after the game.
UNB Saint John was able to take an early lead, thanks to a well-placed serve from rookie Ty Poore, although neither team was able to land a substantial lead. Service errors plagued both teams, a point that wasn’t missed by Kendall.
“Everyone stepped up and played well despite a pile of missed serves.”
After the Tommies went on a three-point run, UNB Saint John called a time-out, which brought some life back into them. Both teams continued to switch leads, until the Wolves were able to break away with a few back-to-back points, taking the first set 26-24.
The Tommies started the second set in search of vengeance, taking an early 11-7 lead before UNB Saint John took a time-out. Unfortunately, the Wolves weren’t able to match the momentum of the Tommies, despite an energizing block from Luke O’Grady. The Tommies took the second set 25-18.
A service ace from Simon Anctil started off the third set, sending the Wolves on a brief run of their own.
“My takeaway from the game was all about the rookies. I’m really happy with how Simon played,” said O’Grady. “He made the most of his opportunities. It’s not easy to have your first career start be the Wednesday St Thomas game, but Simon really made it work.”
The Wolves maintained their lead for the rest of the set, led mainly by Seawolves rookie, Ty Poore, adding a couple of kills, ending the night with 12 kills in total. The third set ended with a score of 25-19, and UNB Saint John took the lead 2-1.
Enthusiastic from their dominant third set, the Wolves took an early 12-4 lead. Again, through strong offense from the home team, the Wolves were able to take the set 25-20, and the game 3-1.
O’Grady led both teams with 14 kills, while teammate Poore chipped in with another 12 kills and one service ace. Christian Christie managed to respond with 10 kills for the Tommies.
With the win, the Wolves move to 5-3 on the season, while the Tommies drop to 4-5.
The Seawolves’ next game will occur on Saturday, January 20th , when they take on the Université Sainte-Anne Dragons in a home and home weekend. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Saturday.