(HALIFAX,N.S.) SMU's Rachel Windhorst continues to shine as the top Atlantic University Sport women's volleyball hitter as the Huskies held on to first place with at 3-1 win over the UNB Varsity Reds, now tied for second in the AUS with Dalhousie.
Windhorst, a second-year Surrey, BC native had 18 kills and 12 digs for the Huskies in the win over the Varsity Reds Friday night. Set scores were 25-22, 16-25, 25-17, 25-21.
Up 12-7 in the first set, UNB's lead slipped away as SMU tied it up 16-16. SMU led 23-22 before winning the set 25-22 on a Shelby Charlton (Strathry, ON) block.
UNB built an early 12-3 second set lead and easily won 25-16.
In the third set, up 8-7, SMU used a 12-7 spurt for a 20-14 cushion, winning their second set 25-17.
Both teams came out swinging in the fourth set, trading points with each 11-11. A quick SMU run had the score 16-12 before UNB chipped away to within one point, 16-15. Another 5-1 Huskies run had it 21-16 as Saint Mary's won the set 25-21.
Saint Mary's held a 51-41 kill advantage and had more digs 71-66 in the win. UNB won the service aces 8-5. Saint Mary's sits alone atop first place in AUS play at 10-4 while UNB drops to 8-5 on the year.
Also appearing on the game sheet for the Huskies were Maddie Clark (Ottawa,ON) with nine kills, Erin Smith (Moncton, NB) and Shelby Carlton (Strathroy, ON) eight kills each, Shelby Michaels (Mill Bay, BC) seven kills, Tessa Michaels (Mill Bay, BC) had 16 digs and Elly Prince (Calgary, AB) finished with one kill.
Saint Mary's is on the road Sunday Feb. 1st at Acadia for a 2pm game and host Dalhousie on Thursday Feb. 5th with a 7pm Seniors Night.
UNB heads to Dalhousie for a match on Sunday, January 31, at 2pm.
With files from SMU Communications
Photo Nick Pearce