UNB claim AUS men's volleyball title
Photo credit UNB Atletics
|AUS final Best of 3 series - Game 2|
|It was a momentous night on Friday for the men's
volleyball team as the played what would be their final game at the
Lady Beaverbrook Gym as they hosted the Dalhousie Tigers in game
one of a three game series. (The UNB court sports will move to the
Richard J. Currie Center for the 2011-12 season). In front of about
1,000 fans the Varsity Reds won a thrilling match downing the
Tigers three sets to two; 26-24, 21-25, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12.
Riding their victory to the Dalplex for game two, along with the support of a number of stalwart fans, the Varsity Reds were pumped and ready – it was time to take their game to another level and claim the AUS banner from Dalhousie University who has held the trophy for twenty four straight years. Led by AUS MVP Jacob Kilpatrick the V-Reds took the Tigers again to five sets (18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 24-26, 15-12) in a nail-biter match as more than 400 volleyball fans watched the teams on the internet and several hundred watched from the stands in Halifax.
"This is a special time for UNB volleyball, our players, our supporters, and our alumni who have been with us every step. This is for those people as much as it is for us. I've never been more proud of a group of individuals. It's a great day to be a Varsity Red," said Dan McMorran who has been the head coach of the UNB team for the past seven years.
UNB head off to CIS championships slated for the first weekend in March at Trinity Western.
Athletic director Kevin Dickie was thrilled with his teams' performances. "The last time our volleyball teams won a championship in the same year our coaches were just youngsters. UNB is one of the longest standing post-secondary institutions in North America and this is one of the most special days in the history of the athletics program. We couldn't be more proud of our teams than we are today," commented Dickie.
Source: UNB Athletics