It might be turnaround time for Lady-Hawks volleyballers

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­Lauren Miller (right) of the Memorial Sea-Hawks makes a returns during AUS volleyball action against the St. Francis Xavier X-Women at the MUN Field House Tuesday. At left is the Sea-Hawks’  Hayley Bremner. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

The Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s volleyball team showed Tuesday there’s reason to believe there’s still time to turn it’s season around after beating St. Francis Xavier 3-0 in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) play at the Field House.

The result earned a split of the two-game series for the Sea-Hawks,  who lost 3-1 Monday night. Memorial improved to 3-7 while the X-Women dropped to 4-7.

While the Sea-Hawks have a bye to the playoffs as host team, coach Bill Thistle and the players maintain they want to earn their spot in the AUS championship tournament.

“I think the biggest difference was that we competed as individuals and as a team,” said Thistle in comparing the two recent matches.

“We got behind in most sets, but we didn’t panic. Our substitutes gave us a lift. In particular, Jill Lynch played well off the bench with several timely blocks and big hits,” said Thistle.

“When the score got to 20, we seemed to have another gear and raised our level of play. X played hard, but we managed to get the big points when we needed. So somehow we found the resolve, confidence and the determination to overcome our opponent.

Thistle said the team’s defence was much better than in the first game and pointed out the Sea-Hawks had 62 digs to the X-Women’s 40, basically reversing Monday night’s stats.

“It was clearly a big win for us,” added Thistle, “and it will go a long way toward building our confidence for the remainder of the season. It makes our (coaches) job so much easier and gives us something to build upon.”

Thistle said the team’s setters — Hayley Bremner and Gill Ricketts — did a great job.

He also said the team’s attack was much stronger and more efficient.

Angela Peddle led MUN with 10 kills. Laura Carmanico had nine kills, while Lauren Miller had seven and Chantel Jones and Jill Snow had six kills each. Rookie Jill Snow was player of the game with 16 digs and two stuff blocks to go along with six kills.

MUN plays at the University of Moncton this weekend.

“It’s a short week and leaves very little time to prepare for a second-place team,” said Thistle.

“They are a very difficult team especially at home, so it will take a very positive week of work to get ready for Saturday. It should give us a good idea of where we stand going into the AUS championships next month.”

In the meantime, Thistle reported that fourth-year Sam March still hasn’t been cleared to play after sustaining a left knee injury.

March is scheduled to have an MRI this week.

“She may need surgery, so she could be lost for the season,” noted Thistle.

“Our best hope is that she needs a scope (arthroscopic procedure) and will be back for the playoffs.”

BASKETBALL

The Cape Breton Capers defeated the Memorial Sea-Hawks 60-57 Tuesday for a split of their  two-game AUS women’s basketball series.

Grace Fishbein netted 15 points in a losing cause. Kim Devison sank 14 and Emily Jameson scored 12 for MUN which won 58-55 Monday. Ally Forsey had eight points in 17 minutes.

Colleen Keane led CBU with 14 points.

The Lady Hawks are 4-6 at the halfway mark of the season, while Cape Breton is at 3-7.

In men’s play, Cape Breton defeated Memorial 99-67 for a  two-game sweep at CBU.

Alpha Kisusi paced MUN with 14 points.

Theo Stanoev sank 13 off the bench. Ryan Wood scored 12 and Caleb Gould chipped in with eight.

Memorial fell to 0-10 on the season, while the Capers won their 10th straight game.

MUN’s men’s and women’s hoop teams play host to Dalhousie Tigers this weekend at the Field House.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport, Sea-Hawks, University of Moncton Field House.jbrowne

Geographic location: Cape Breton

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