VReds Unbeaten In February

UNB's Megan Kuciak(Ottawa, ON) pounds the ball into SMU territory during Sunday's 3-2 win, in Halifax. The win was the third straight for the VReds. (Mona Ghiz/for SMU Athletics)
UNB's Megan Kuciak(Ottawa, ON) pounds the ball into SMU territory during Sunday's 3-2 win, in Halifax. The win was the third straight for the VReds. (Mona Ghiz/for SMU Athletics)

(HALIFAX, NS) The UNB Varsity Reds upended the Saint Mary's Huskies in five sets on Sunday afternoon, 25-17, 25-20, 27-29, 19-25, and 15-9.

A trio of Varsity Reds had double-digit kills in the win. Megan Kuciak(Ottawa, ON) and Kristen Burns(Mississauga, ON) had 11, and Julia Diemert(Egbert, ON) had 10.

The win was the third consecutive for the Varsity Reds, as they improve to 3-15.

Shelby Charlton(Strathroy, ON) paced the Huskies with eight kills in the loss, as SMU falls to 9-7 and sit in third place in the Atlantic University Sports standings.

Tied 8-8 in the first set, the Varsity Reds went on a 5-1 run to pull ahead 13-9.

Up 16-13, UNB went on a 5-0 run and led 21-13 and closed out the set, winning 25-17.

The second set saw UNB take a 7-3 lead, early, when Saint Mary's went on a 6-1 run, taking a 9-8 lead. A 4-2 run saw the Varsity Reds regain the lead at 13-10 before improving on their lead down the stretch, 12-10, taking the set 25-20.

UNB jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set, and SMU battled back, taking a 9-8 lead before the VReds proceeded on a 6-2 spurt, taking back a 15-10 cushion. Tied 16-16, SMU had a 5-4 run and led 21-10 and closed out the set 29-27.

UNB began the fourth set 7-1, but SMU hung around, closing out the set on an 8-1 run and taking it 25-19.

Early in the fifth, both teams took 2-0 runs and were tied 6-6. A 5-0 run by UNB put the Varsity Reds up 11-6 and they used a 4-3 run to close out the set 15-9, taking the match 25-17, 25-20, 27-29, 19-25, 15-9.

The UNB Varsity Reds host Moncton February 12th at 2:00pm.

Saint Mary's hits the road for their last three regular-season games, including a re-match at UNB, on February 18th.

RECAP BY: Dominic Nolasco, SMU Communications

PHOTO BY: Mona Ghiz, Ghiz Photography