The Acadia Axewomen volleyball team lost a tough 3-0 match Saturday night to the Memorial Sea Hawks. Coming off an emotional win against the St. Mary’s Huskies and the Moncton Aigles Bleus, with both victories coming in five sets, the Axewomen were looking to continue that streak versus the Sea Hawks. The two teams have not met since the 2011-12 season due to weather issues last year. Libero Hillary Monette was named one of Acadia’s Athletes of the Week this previous week for her strong performance last weekend helping to lead her team to the victory over the Aigles Bleus.
The first set began relatively close with the two teams taking turns leading and keeping it within one point. Memorial was able to pull ahead at the end of the set with a point run that was spurred by a big block by Adrienne Penney and Samantha March. Acadia regained possession briefly but MUN re-took control and ended the set with a kill and two service aces. Despite the set loss Acadia had offence coming from a number of players with kills from Tessa Bulmer, Kristen Bolduc, Meg Rector, Sarah Ross, Marissa Chin, and Amelia Grail.
The second set began back and forth as well and was tied 3-3 but MUN took a lead with seven straight unanswered points. Memorial went on to make a few more point runs and took the set with a convincing 25-15 win. A highlight in the set for Acadia was when they broke a service run by Kristen Sorensen on Memorial by getting the point with a fantastic block by Marissa Chin and Sarah Ross.
Memorial began the third set with a 4-0 lead as well, but thanks to an impressive six serves in a row by Tessa Bulmer that included an ace, Acadia eventually climbed to a lead of 12-9. From then on it was a much closer battle until it hit the 21 mark with the score tied between the two teams. The set ultimately went to extra points with Acadia having a few opportunities to clinch it. Unable to convert in key point, Memorial took advantage and won the third and final set at 32-30. Kristen Bolduc led the team in kills with 10 and rookie Sarah Ross followed with 8. The Axewomen are now at two wins and three losses in the season, while the Sea Hawks are at two wins and five losses.
After the game on Saturday night Acadia had three players in the top ten for kills in the conference with Meg Rector at fourth with 53, Kristen Bolduc at seventh with 44, and Sarah Ross at tenth with 40. Acadia sits at third in the conference, while Memorial sits at fourth. Acadia finishes their double-header with Memorial on Sunday and then travels to Sherbrooke for the second AUS interlock. St. Mary’s, Dalhousie, Montreal, Laval, and Mcgill will also be in attendance. Acadia then breaks for Christmas and does not play again until January 12th away in Cape Breton.