Struggling Sea-Hawks drop winnable game to X-Women

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MUN falls three sets to one against a St. Francis Xavier team Chantel Jones says they are ‘better’ than

Angela Peddle (4) of the Memorial University Sea-Hawks’ spikes the ball against a pair of St. Francis Xavier X-Women blockers in during the team’s Atlantic University Sport conference women’s volleyball hame Monday night at the Field House. Peddle led MUN with 11 kills, but the Sea-Hawks came up short losing 3-1. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

The Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s volleyball team started the new year Monday night the way the old year ended — underachieving and searching for consistency and perhaps an identity.

The uninspired Sea-Hawks fell to 2-7 on the season, losing 3-1 to the St. Francis Xavier X-Women in Atlantic Universities Sport (AUS) play at the Field House.

The home side opened the match with a 25-23 first-set victory, but then fell like dominoes by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-21 in the next three sets.

The fourth-place X-Women improved to 4-6.

The teams play again 10:30 this morning and no admission will be charged for the game.

MUN had to come from behind to take the first set, but they couldn’t carry that momentum into the second set which was punctuated by poor defence at the end of it.

It was the X-Women, in fact, who were able to build on their momentum in the third set while jumping out to a 7-1 lead. MUN clawed back and got to within one point of the visitors at 11-10, but that’s as close as the Lady Hawks would get.

While the fourth set was close, the Sea-Hawks, who led early, only played well in spots as they did the entire match, and that wasn’t good enough on the night.

“We are struggling,” admitted Memorial coach Bill Thistle after the game.

“We’re fighting the ball. We’re lacking confidence and we’re tight and that happens when you have so many young players on the floor,” he added.

“Right now,” said Thistle, “it’s more about the mental part of the game. The players have to relax and let the game come to them and, when they do, they’ll be fine.”

Angela Peddle led MUN with 11 kills. Jill Snow had eight, Laura Carmanico followed with seven and Chantel Jones, along with Lauren Miller who had 10 digs, each had four kills. Gillian Ricketts had 14 digs.

Catherine Thornton led St. Francis with 18 kills.

“We made it close in three of the four sets, but obviously there are things we need to work on,” said Jones, the Sea-Hawks fifth-year middle.

Jones said despite the fact the team has a guaranteed spot in the playoffs as host this season, “That’s not the way we want to go. We want to earn our spot.”

The Thunder Bay Ont., native said having a bye isn’t a factor for her because, ”I really hate losing. Maybe some of the young players we have need to learn how to dig in. That might help. Right now, we’ve all got to come together.”

Jones said it’s her opinion “We are better than this (St. Francis) team. But I find that when we play teams lower than us we go down to their level. We should have taken them in three sets. I’m confident enough we could have done that,” she said.

“It’s just a matter of us being able to push through, I guess,” said Jones, who noted that not playing in a month could have been a factor in the team’s less than stellar performance.

Asked if she was confident her team could beat the X-Women in the second match of the series, Jones said they could, noting the Sea-Hawks should have won the opener.

However, at this point, that sort of talk would appear to be cheap.


Team    GP    W    L    PTS

Dalhousie    11    9    2    18

Moncton    11    6    5    12

Saint Mary’s    11    5    6    10

St. Francis Xavier    10    4    6    8

UNB    12    4    8    8

Memorial    9    2    7    4

Acadia    12    1    10    4

Cape Breton    12    0    12    0

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Atlantic Universities Sport

Geographic location: Thunder Bay

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Recent comments

  • not a poor sport fan
    January 15, 2013 - 19:52

    wow talk about a poor sport (ms. jones). she not only trash talks the other team but her own team too. classy lady representing mun!

  • Sea Hawks Fan
    January 15, 2013 - 13:48

    I'd like to point out that there are only 4 points separating 3rd place from 6th place in the AUS Standings right now. The girls still have a great chance of moving well up in the standings (especially since they have two of the weakest teams left to play). Go Sea Hawks!

  • darren
    January 15, 2013 - 09:18

    9 games and 4 points......great job Bill. You are really building a playoff contender here.

    • Andrew Bursey
      January 23, 2013 - 22:56

      Darren, as someone fairly close to the MUN team and it's personnel (Erin Bursey is my sister), I can tell you that Bill Thistle is EASILY the best and most knowledgable volleyball coach in the province. From your comments, I can also tell you know NOTHiNG about volleyball, or what it takes to coach at a high level. If you think you can do better, e-mail MUN's athletic dept. I'm sure they'll turn over the reigns to you. But in the meantime, do all of those who support the Lady Hawks a favour, and keep your narrow-minded comments to yourself.

  • Jennifer McCreath
    January 15, 2013 - 09:11

    not that i am making excuses, but giving the MUN Seahawks Women's volleyball team any bad press this season is a low blow. After losing their captain, this city should be rallying behind this team and giving them nothing but love and support, win or lose! this includes the media.

  • Anon
    January 15, 2013 - 06:16

    Wow the sea hawks lost? That's a surprise said no one ever.