The University of New Brunswick Saint John women’s volleyball team matched up against the Université Sainte-Anne Dragons on Saturday. The Seawolves started Taylor McGrattan, Jenna DeGooyer, Montanna Meyer, Madi Hartos, Maggie Birney, Bridget Smith, and Meagan Kozak (libero).
It was off to a flying start in the first set, with a score of 11-4; the girls were able to keep a lead and dominate the entire set. A service error on the Dragons’ part gave UNBSJ the lead.
Another running start in the second set forced the Dragons into a timeout at 7-1 for UNBSJ. Université Sainte-Anne was no match for the Seawolves’ sturdy defense and UNBSJ continued to do damage until 24-10. The Dragons didn’t surrender for a few more points but then a tip at the net from Meyer finished off the set, 25-14.
Up two sets to none, the Seawolves looked to sweep the Dragons in the third set. The Dragons managed a bit of a lead early on, at 5-1, but it didn’t last long. The score remained close until midway through the set when the Seawolves began to pull away, with a final score of 25-16.
Rookie setter Maria Cummings had 13 assists for the home team. Jenna DeGooyer and Madi Hartos led the way for kills with eight each.
The Seawolves hosted the University of King’s College Blue Devils on Sunday in their second match of the weekend. UNBSJ performed like a well oiled machine throughout the entire match, with the Seawolves putting up big blocks and holding their own at the net. Libero Meagan Kozak and setter Taylor McGrattan went to work setting up smart offensive plays, allowing the hitters to land kills.
The Blue Devils held on in the first two sets but the Seawolves triumphed 25-17 and 25-19.
Both Seawolves veterans and rookies showed up during the match. Rookie Bridget Smith swung hard at the net and Kozak continued to take control of the back court. Maggie Birney put up more huge blocks and Jenna DeGooyer let impressive spin serves fly.
UNSBJ dominated in the third set, 25-12, and completed their second sweep of the weekend.
Jenna DeGooyer had 12 kills and two service aces against the Blue Devils. Taylor McGrattan put up 27 assists.
The two weekend wins advance the Seawolves to 5-1 in the regular season and they sit in second place behind undefeated Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics.
The Seawolves will host the Holland College Hurricanes on December 2nd at 2:00pm. All matches can be viewed online at acaatv.ca.