Memorial volleyballers sweep Axewomen

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Memorial Sea-Hawks women's volleyball coach Mellissa Oates called the weekend victories over the visiting Acadia Axewomen "incredibly important" in the team's Atlantic universities playoff search.

The victories at the Field House improved the Lady Hawks' record to 4-8 and lifted the team to sixth position in the standings heading into the Christmas break. Acadia fell to 0-11.

Memorial Sea-Hawks women's volleyball coach Mellissa Oates called the weekend victories over the visiting Acadia Axewomen "incredibly important" in the team's Atlantic universities playoff search.

The victories at the Field House improved the Lady Hawks' record to 4-8 and lifted the team to sixth position in the standings heading into the Christmas break. Acadia fell to 0-11.

"We would have been in a whole lot of trouble if we lost them," added Oates.

"The easier portion of our schedule is coming up," said Oates referring to matches in the new year against St. Francis Xavier (2-8), UPEI (1-9) and Dalhousie (5-6).

The matches against St. Francis and Dalhousie are at home, which Oates says is important to the team in terms of finishing with the nine wins she figures it will take for MUN to make the post-season.

"I'm not going to lie, we are a better home team, no ifs, ands or buts about it," she said.

The Lady Hawks defeated Acadia 3-2 Friday (25-16, 24-26, 21-25, 25-22,15-11) and 3-2 Saturday (25-21, 15-25, 10-25, 25-20, 12-15)..

Rookie setter Samantha March of Bay Roberts was selected player of the game Friday, while third-year power hitter Sasha Wilkins of Gambo got the POG nod Saturday.

In interlocking CIS men's volleyball play at Montreal, Memorial fell 3-1 (16-25, 17-25, 25-22, 20-25) to McGill on Friday and 3-0 to Laval (15-18, 25-16, 25-10) and 3-1(13-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-20) to Sherbrooke on Saturday.

On Sunday, the men's team was dealt its fourth loss at the tourney, falling 3-0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-15) to the University of Montreal.

While the Acadia volleyball team made it to St. John's Friday afternoon just ahead of the poor weather in Nova Scotia, the school's men's and women's basketball teams weren't so lucky.

Memorial Sea-Hawks basketball games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Field House were postponed when the teams were unable to get out of Halifax due to a snow storm.

The Memorial women are 4-0 while the MUN men are 1-3.

The basketball games have been rescheduled for next weekend, Nov. 29, 30., in the same time slots. The rescheduled game times are 6 p.m. (women) Saturday and 8 p.m. (men) with Sunday's matches slated for 11 a.m. Sunday (women) and 1 p.m. (men) at the Field House.

MUN men's assistant coach Martin Cull says postponing the games works out well for his team as three Sea-Hawks - George English, Christian Somerton and Mark Woodland - were not at 100 percent and the extra rest they'll get can only help.

Meanwhile, Operation Toys for Kids, the Nita Chambers (Sutton) Awards Sweeps, and the Mitsubishi t-shirt giveaway, all originally schedule for Saturday, will now be held Nov. 29.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Field House, University of Montreal, Mitsubishi

Geographic location: Bay Roberts, Montreal, Sherbrooke St. John's Nova Scotia Halifax

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