V-Reds Fall At Acadia

UNB's Paige Lehto(North Vancouver, BC) sets for a hitter during Friday's match at Acadia. The Varsity Reds dropped a 3-1 decision. (Acadia Athletics)
UNB's Paige Lehto(North Vancouver, BC) sets for a hitter during Friday's match at Acadia. The Varsity Reds dropped a 3-1 decision. (Acadia Athletics)

(WOLFVILLE, NS) The Acadia Axewomen continue their winning streak, now four in a row, after a 3-1 victory over the visiting UNB Varsity Reds on Friday.

Subway Player of the Game, Hannah Helm(Halifax, NS) delivered four timely kills and played a huge role defensively with three block assists and two block solos.

In the opening set, both teams jockeyed for position well into the game, but finally the deadlock was broken when Axewoman Lauryn Renzella(Stouffville, ON) delivered a kill that pushed Acadia into a comfortable 18-15 lead and eventual 26-24 win.

The second set was another close battle with no team gaining more than a two-point lead. A kill by veteran Sarah Ross(Toronto, ON) followed by a Renzella service ace gave the Axewomen a 25-22 win and 2-0 match lead.

The Varsity Reds, led by Subway Player of the Game Paige Lehto(North Vancouver, BC) setting, pulled away after Adora Rooyakkers(Port Hawkesbury, NS) posted a kill that tied the game at 17.

Four attack errors and two service aces gave UNB a 23-17 lead and eventual 25-19 set win.

The fourth and final set was dominated by the Axewomen. Pushing out to a 20-10 lead, Acadia was relentless in posting 11 kills in the set and forcing UNB errors.

With a 25-12 fourth set win and 3-1 match victory, the Axewomen improve to 6-4.

"Tonight's win was the result of a collective contribution," said head coach Michelle Wood.

The Varsity Reds remain winless, with a 0-10 record. Melika Belliveau(Shediac, NB) led the V-Reds with 10 kills, while Lehto posted 24 assists.

For the Axewomen, first year outside hitter Lucy Glen-Carter(Toronto, ON) had a team high 10 kills and Renzella added eight.

"Heading into tomorrow our blockers have to be more disciplined. UNB's attackers did a great job exploiting our hands, using them as a tool on the wing," noted Wood.

The Axewomen and Varsity Reds hit the court at 2:00pm Saturday, their second match of the weekend.

RECAP AND PHOTOS BY: Acadia Athletics