Young V-Reds hang tough against Quebec teams.

Young V-Reds hang tough against Quebec teams.

It was a tough road for the UNB Varsity Reds at the AUS-RSEQ Interlock Tournament, this past weekend in Fredericton. The V-Reds played a total of four matches, against visiting teams from Quebec. Despite maintaining a high level of play throughout the tournament, UNB conceded victory in each of the four match ups.

The match finals were: 3-0 (vs. Montreal), 3-0 (vs. Laval), 3-1 (vs. Sherbrooke) and 3-0 (vs. McGill).

The first match was held on Friday Oct. 25th against the University of Montreal – the top ranked team of the tournament being ranked #3 in the latest CIS Top Ten poll.

 The individual set scores were 25-19, 25-19, and 25-22. High scorer for the Varsity Reds was outside hitter, Jacqueline Sebetovsky with 6 kills, 7 digs. Montreal's Marie-Sophie Nadeau led the way for the Carabins with 12 kills. Nadeau was a second team CIS All Canadian last season.

The Varsity Reds played two games on Saturday with the first against the University of Laval. The three set match went, 25-20, 25-13, and 25-9. The play was dominated by Laval's Eve Thibault, who recorded 13 of the team's total 45 kills. 

 The second match on Saturday was against the University of Sherbrooke; ranked #7 in the CIS Top Ten poll. The set scores were, 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, and 25-20. The V-Reds put up a strong effort most notably from right-side hitter Rebecca Glancy recording 12 kills, and from middle Celina Abba with 8 kills and 6 blocks. The Sherbrooke squad pushed back with Dominique Drouin, Roxane Hasseni and Jessica Lambert all recording upwards of 10 kills. 

The final match for UNB at the Interlock Tournament was on Sunday afternoon against the University of McGill. The match took three sets to complete with scores of 25-20, 25-14, and 25-23. Jacqueline Sebetovsky provided 6 kills and 13 digs for the V-Reds in a strong individual effort. McGill's Marie Lapointe led the way for the victors with a tally of 8 kills and 16 blocks.

 Although the team may not have been victorious, there were definite glimpses of extremely skilled play. When asked about the positives coming out of the weekend, coach Jilliane Goulet responded, "We had to serve tough this weekend if we wanted a chance to get into these matches, keeping errors to a minimum, and I think we took a step forward with our blocking."

The Varsity Reds move on to face the University of Cape Breton Capers, in AUS action Saturday, November 2nd in Sydney Nova Scotia.