Lady Hawks' first-place hopes swept away in Cape Breton

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Both MUN hoops teams experience a winless weekend in Sydney; likewise for v-ballers at home

Any chance the Memorial University Sea-Hawks' women's basketball team had of catching the Cape Breton Capers in the standings disappeared with a pair of losses to the rival school this weekend in Sydney, N.S.

The second-place Sea Hawks kept pace with the undefeated Capers through the first 41 minutes on Sunday. But down by three points with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, MUN allowed Cape Breton to go on an 18-4 run en route to a 72-55 win.

Memorial Sea-Hawks Angela Peddle (left) and Sarah Strickland attempt to block a University of New Brunswick Varisty Reds smash during their AUS women's volleyball match Saturday night at the MUN Field House. UNB won both its weekend matches against MUN. -

Any chance the Memorial University Sea-Hawks' women's basketball team had of catching the Cape Breton Capers in the standings disappeared with a pair of losses to the rival school this weekend in Sydney, N.S.

The second-place Sea Hawks kept pace with the undefeated Capers through the first 41 minutes on Sunday. But down by three points with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, MUN allowed Cape Breton to go on an 18-4 run en route to a 72-55 win.

But with one of the team's best defensive weapons in Britanny Dalton under the weather and off her game, coach Doug Partridge says the squad "couldn't generate the opportunities we had been."

"You just can't replace (Dalton's) athleticism. When she's healthy, she can get in the passing lanes and create extra opportunities for you," explains Partridge.

"Offensively, other people can step up and put the ball in the net a little bit, but they can't do what she does athletically."

Not having Dalton playing her regular minutes Sunday resulted in conference leading scorer and three-point-shooter Kelsey Hodgson scoring 30 points. In Saturday's game, she was held to a mere four.

"When (Dalton) isn't healthy, we miss that other athlete to pair with Erin who can really help us defensively," Partridge says.

Memorial had 18 turnovers in the contest and made only two of seven three-point shots.

Vicki Thistle led all MUN scorers with 12 points on Sunday. Grace Fishbein had 10.

On Saturday, Memorial shot just 29 per cent from the field in a 77-53 loss, despite holding Hodgson to a season low in points. The Capers bench outscored the Lady Hawks' 33-4.

Ally Forsey had 15 points and 11 boards with Fishbein adding 13.

As these were the only regular-season games between the two schools this season, Partridge was happy to use this trip as a learning experience in preparation for the fast-approaching AUS championship weekend, to be hosted this year by Cape Breton.

"We were right there, knocking on the door and they they ramped it up and we didn't answer. We learned they're not going to go away, they're a championship team and they're going to play like one," Partridge suggests.

The Sea Hawks now look to Wolfville, N.S., and next weekend, when they'll take on seventh-place Acadia in a double header.

Men's basketball

Peter Benoite's squad dropped both games to the Capers over the weekend in Sydney

On Sunday, despite a 32-point, six-assist effort from third year Jason Sheppard, the Sea Hawks fell 106-70 after shooting just 34 per cent.

In Saturday's game, Robbie Habib led Memorial with 20 points - 15 of them from three-point range - but MUN had no answer for seven Capers in double digits and lost 118-72.

Memorial is off next weekend and returns to action Valentines Day weekend when its hosts the UNB Varsity Reds for its last home stand of the season.

Women's volleyball

With Sasha Wilkins out with injury Sunday, the MUN Lady Hawks volleyball squad was blanked 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-17) by the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Sunday at the Field House.

Libero Nicole Jolliffe led the way defensively for MUN with 18 digs on the afternoon. Beth Forsey had 27 assists and Erin Bursey contributed eight kills and 13 digs.

On Saturday, Sarah Strickland recorded eight kills and six blocks and Forsey had 41 assists, but UNB still came away with a 3-2 win (25-23, 25-18, 27-25, 27-25, 15-10).

Bursey had 13 kills and Wilkins had 10.

Men's volleyball

The Memorial men's volleyball team fell to 1-17 on the season with a pair of losses to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds at home this weekend.

Sunday, MUN fell 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 25-27, 25-12). Drew Stephens led the Sea Hawks with 12 kills and a pair of solo blocks, while libero Brad Pitcher had 26 assists and 14 digs.

In Saturday's 3-0 loss, Stephens had seven kills, Pitcher had 19 assists and Scott Hickman contributed four solo blocks.

Wrestling

Of the six Memorial male wrestlers at the participating in the UNB Open in Fredericton, only fourth-year athlete Matt Kippenhuck came home with hardware.

Wrestling in the 61-kilogram class, Kippenhuck dropped both his matches, but still qualified for the bronze medal.

Other MUN wrestlers in action in New Brunswick were Jeremy Spence (68kg, sixth), Ronald Earle (72kg, fourth), Robbie Zadra (76kg, seventh), Ryan Nichols (90kg, seventh) and Jon Smith (90kg, fourth).

Organizations: University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, Field House

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Sydney, Wolfville Fredericton New Brunswick

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  • fred
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Barney makes an important point!


    Scott reveals his ignorance The MUN women crushed PEI
    Also Scott - The Mun bb is always in the top 10 of all articles in THe paper!

    attention to those from not from the island is long overdue as Barney alludes!

  • Barney
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Actually The Bench if you read the article waqs out scored 33 - 4 . Some would say they were playrd too long! They are a young team! Doug is intense and if anything does put as the media especailly way too much presure and attention only on the local kids! No wonder it is so hard to draw the best Period - as other schools do - wherever they are from!

    Look carefully at the stats.
    One of the biggest positive stories continues to go untold week after week!

  • Jim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Nathan, the same reason basketball is not in the crossword section??? We just can't compete and when the best we can do on a weekend with a full AUS schedule is one bronze in wrestling, got to wonder if Ms. Healey is doing her job???

  • Nathan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Volleyball? Why is this in the sports section and not in the entertainment section?

  • Len
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Mr. Partridge, have you ever learned the old saying.. there is no I in TEAM How can you praise one person ALL the time and think that this ONE person can carry a TEAM.

    Open your eyes you have a full bench with LOTS of depth....start using fresh legs and quit making excuses because one player wasn't into the game, what about the rest of the players? Why choose such a large number of players when you only use the same couple game after game.

    MUN coach's have to smarten up and use ALL their bench, or at least give them a chance to prove themselves!

    Obviously if your starting line is not performing, it's time to make a change, how difficult is this to understand? DUH!

  • scott
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Mun varsity programs, espcially basketball, get too much press. My goodness, who cares what these 20 somethings are doing? They clearly are going nowhere and the press makes them seem like the Lakers. Get over yourselves folks, you can't even beat PEI. Bring back hockey, at least its a Canadian sport with pride.

  • suzanne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Do you call 2nd place not performing ? Len the bench gets plenty of opportunities to play. The team has several rookies that need more practice time before they can thrown into important game situations.

    Good luck!

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Mr. Len,

    Not sure if you keep in touch with women's varsity but
    Mr. Partridge has had a very successful women's program for the last 15 years.
    There are always at the top of their division.
    I think it is time for you to ha, DUH, wake up.

  • jimmy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    If you want to come up with money for a hockey team dropping Volleyball would be a great fundraiser.
    How about Mens Basketball...they win one play-off game ten years ago and their still getting cash???? Give me a break.
    What needs to happen is a shakeup of the internal office of MUN's Phys-Ed. Their all ex B.Bersand V-Bers. They can't see outside the box....oh it cost too much money!! Mean while back on the ranch they cough up the money for 10th tier sports.

  • fred
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Barney makes an important point!


    Scott reveals his ignorance The MUN women crushed PEI
    Also Scott - The Mun bb is always in the top 10 of all articles in THe paper!

    attention to those from not from the island is long overdue as Barney alludes!

  • Barney
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Actually The Bench if you read the article waqs out scored 33 - 4 . Some would say they were playrd too long! They are a young team! Doug is intense and if anything does put as the media especailly way too much presure and attention only on the local kids! No wonder it is so hard to draw the best Period - as other schools do - wherever they are from!

    Look carefully at the stats.
    One of the biggest positive stories continues to go untold week after week!

  • Jim
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Nathan, the same reason basketball is not in the crossword section??? We just can't compete and when the best we can do on a weekend with a full AUS schedule is one bronze in wrestling, got to wonder if Ms. Healey is doing her job???

  • Nathan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Volleyball? Why is this in the sports section and not in the entertainment section?

  • Len
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Mr. Partridge, have you ever learned the old saying.. there is no I in TEAM How can you praise one person ALL the time and think that this ONE person can carry a TEAM.

    Open your eyes you have a full bench with LOTS of depth....start using fresh legs and quit making excuses because one player wasn't into the game, what about the rest of the players? Why choose such a large number of players when you only use the same couple game after game.

    MUN coach's have to smarten up and use ALL their bench, or at least give them a chance to prove themselves!

    Obviously if your starting line is not performing, it's time to make a change, how difficult is this to understand? DUH!

  • scott
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Mun varsity programs, espcially basketball, get too much press. My goodness, who cares what these 20 somethings are doing? They clearly are going nowhere and the press makes them seem like the Lakers. Get over yourselves folks, you can't even beat PEI. Bring back hockey, at least its a Canadian sport with pride.

  • suzanne
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Do you call 2nd place not performing ? Len the bench gets plenty of opportunities to play. The team has several rookies that need more practice time before they can thrown into important game situations.

    Good luck!

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Mr. Len,

    Not sure if you keep in touch with women's varsity but
    Mr. Partridge has had a very successful women's program for the last 15 years.
    There are always at the top of their division.
    I think it is time for you to ha, DUH, wake up.

  • jimmy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    If you want to come up with money for a hockey team dropping Volleyball would be a great fundraiser.
    How about Mens Basketball...they win one play-off game ten years ago and their still getting cash???? Give me a break.
    What needs to happen is a shakeup of the internal office of MUN's Phys-Ed. Their all ex B.Bersand V-Bers. They can't see outside the box....oh it cost too much money!! Mean while back on the ranch they cough up the money for 10th tier sports.