(HALIFAX, NS) The Saint Mary's Huskies swept the visiting UNB Varsity Reds in three sets (25-10, 25-18, 25-16) on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic University Sport women's volleyball action.
The Huskies used a game-high 12 kills from Kristina Alder(Brampton, ON) in the match as they improved to 2-2.
The first set saw SMU take the first two points followed by a four-point run by UNB to lead 4-2. After trading points in sets of two, SMU went on a 3-0 run and took a 7-6 lead. UNB tied it up at 7-all when SMU went on runs of four, three and five to lead 19-9. A 6-0 run closed out the set 25-10 for Saint Mary's.
Saint Mary's led 3-1 and 11-3 early in the second set with the help of great serving. The Huskies continued to add to their cushion over the next ten points, leading 17-7 halfway thru the second set. UNB played better down the stretch and trailed SMU 24-14. Four straight points saw the Varsity Reds get within six, 24-18, before SMU pulled out a 25-18 win.
UNB took an early 4-1 lead in the third set, and SMU caught up at 4-4. The set was tied 8-8 and 12-12, but three quick points by Saint Mary's saw the Huskies up 15-12 and another run of four had Saint Mary's leading 19-13. The Huskies won the set 25-16 and the match 3-0.
Olivia Valenti(North Bay, ON) led UNB with seven kills and 22 total attacks for nine points in the loss. UNB drops to 0-5.
Kristen Burns(Mississauga, ON) added five kills.
Anna Watt(Calgary, AB) managed double-digit kills with 10 for SMU while teammate Maddie Clarke(Ottawa, ON) had nine.
Both teams are in action next weekend at the AUS League Tournament in Moncton.
RECAP BY: Dominic Nolasco/for SMU Athletics
PHOTOS BY: Nick Pearce/for SMU Athletics