The University of New Brunswick Saint John women’s volleyball team played host to the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics at the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Center on Sunday.
The Mystics sit in first place in the conference standings, with their only loss of the season occurring on Saturday in Fredericton against the St. Thomas University Tommies, with a score of 3-0.
The Seawolves sit in fourth place trailing behind MSVU, STU, and Holland College.
UNBSJ started Maggie Birney (a former Mystic), Dayna Alexander, Madi Hartos, Montanna Meyer, Jenna DeGooyer, Taylor McGrattan as the setter, and Meagan Kozak as libero.
MSVU took control quickly in the first set and grabbed a lead 14-6.
The Seawolves put up blocks but were unsuccessful at stopping the Mystics’ hitters.
UNBSJ substituted rookie Olivia Bell, who typically plays in the libero position, into the back row hoping to strengthen their defense.
The Mystics continued their storm not allowing the Seawolves to catch up. The visiting team capitalized on Seawolves’ mishandles.
Madison Urquhart put up a huge block to finish off the first set for the Mystics, 25-15.
The Seawolves took an early lead to start off the second set, 6-3, but the Mystics landed back-to-back kills to swing the momentum.
Mystics hitting errors allowed the Seawolves to bring the score back to 17-17.
Mystics’ setter Jaylene Fraser put over two consecutive tips late in the set to force the Seawolves to a timeout at 22-19.
MSVU took the second set 25-20.
Back and forth play kept the score close in the early moments of the third set.
Jenna DeGooyer swung hard from the power position for the Seawolves and landed a kill to tie the score at 10-10.
MSVU pulled ahead midway through the set, but the Seawolves stayed close behind.
At 22-20 in favor of the Mystics, UNBSJ took a time-out hoping to regroup for what could be their last chance at salvaging the set.
A big swing from a quick middle set finished off the third set for the Mystics, 25-22.
The Mystics swept the Seawolves 3-0 in their final regular season match-up.
Madison Urquhart landed 11 kills for the Mystics, and setter Jaylene Fraser put up 34 big assists.
Seawolves’ setter Taylor McGrattan had 11 assists of her own, and Maggie Birney and Madi Hartos led the way for kills.
The Seawolves finish off their regular season with a 12-9 record sitting comfortably in fourth place.
If you can’t make it to Fredericton to cheer on both the men and women’s Seawolves volleyball teams, be sure to catch all of the championship tournament matches online at acaatv.ca