The UNB Varsity Reds men's volleyball team kicked off the 2015 portion of their Atlantic University Sport schedule with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-17) victory over the Memorial Sea-Hawks on Saturday night at the Richard J. Currie Center.
"We got the job done tonight," said V-Reds head coach Dan McMorran. "We still want to look at overall hitting percentages here. We probably didn't hit the percentage that we wanted to hit tonight, and I also thought a large part of that was that we were slow getting off the start with our serve reception."
The win improved UNB's record to 5-6 on the season while MUN fell to 0-11. The two meet again tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Currie Center.
"We'll expect a tougher match from MUN tomorrow," said McMorran.
"They're an 0-10 team but they had a great result against Sherbrooke in the last interlock – they lost in five to them. We won 3-0 and 3-1 the first time we were in Newfoundland but the 3-1 match wasn't an easy 3-1 win. They've got some athletes over there."
For the most part, each set remained close in the early goings until the Varsity Reds started the pull ahead as it went along. Halfway through the first set, UNB led by just 12-11 but ultimately pulled out an eight-point win.
"It's not about us even looking at scores right now. We make most of our errors in a set in the first 10 points. That's just not being activated and ready to go to start a set. We're not going to get away with that next weekend when we go to Quebec."
The second and third sets were similar, as they remained close early on only to have UNB pull ahead late. The Sea-Hawks led the second set 10-9 at one point but went on to fall 25-18. In the third, the Reds put the hammer down, leading by nine at one point and going on to win 25-17.
The Varsity Reds host the Sea-Hawks again on January 11, at 3pm.
Jamie Tozer for UNB Sports Information.
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