Reading week recap

While the majority of us were enjoying a break from school, the Mounties were in full flight.

The women’s volleyball team opened their season on the road against the University of Kings College. After a match that went to the wire, they fell short, losing 12-15 in the fifth set. However, since that loss the volleyball team has taken off. Now on a six-game win streak, they sit at 6-1 and are within grasp of the top spot in the ACAA. The team has only lost four sets while winning 17 during that streak. The goal of a top two finish is more than obtainable. This past weekend, the Mounties squared off against Dal AC, where they took home a comfortable three-set win. The Mounties’ next game will be at Mount Allison Athletic Center this Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m., where they will get another chance against Kings.

The women’s basketball team lost their first two games of the season but have since rebounded, leaving them with a  a 3-2 record and ranked third in the ACAA. The team is within grasp of the top two spots in the conference and, leading into the second half of the season, have the ability to make it to the top spot.

This past weekend they faced off against Kings, where they won 62-58. Erin Steeves led the team with 18 points, five rebounds, and three assists. The Mounties face a tough challenge gearing up into the end of the semester, as the next two games to be played are against the top two teams in the league, Holland College and Mount Saint Vincent. These games offer an opportunity to measure themselves against the best teams in the conference and to see where they must make improvements for playoffs. The teams  next game tips off at 1 p.m. Sunday Nov. 27 against MSVU at the Mt. A Athletic Center.

The Mounties men’s basketball team has been dominant so far this season, with their only loss to the second-ranked team in the nation, Holland College. The Mounties boast a 4-1 record, in large part, thanks to the team’s depth this year. No matter who is on the floor, each and every player can be relied on to contribute. Strong play from rookie Thomas LeGallais brings promise for the future of the team. This past weekend, the Mounties travelled to Halifax to play Kings, where they won 97-93. Brad Fuller led the Mounties scoring with 23 points, with LeGallais and Alex Chisholm chipping in 21 and 18 points, respectively. The team heads into their biggest challenge this weekend as they play second-ranked MSVU in a double header. The Mounties will face off against MSVU at home on Sunday Nov. 27 at 3 p.m.

The badminton team placed first in the augural ACAA badminton tournament of the season, hosted by the Université de Sainte-Anne on Nov. 4 and 5. The team won an overall 80/100 points, securing first place. The team will be travelling to Holland College on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27,  where they hope to repeat the winning result.

The women’s hockey team has had an up-and-down start to their season. Over the first stretch of the fall reading break, the Mounties won a pair of games against  Université de Moncton. Following this win, the Mounties lost three games straight. The team is now 3-9 for the season, ranking them sixth in the conference. The Mounties need to find consistency heading into the second half of the season if they hope to get a strong seeding come playoffs. The team will travel to P.E.I. this Friday, Nov. 25 to face off against UPEI at 7 p.m.

The Mounties swim team set 60 best times as a team and qualified two athletes for the 2017 U Sport Swim Nationals this past Saturday at the Dalhousie Kemp-Fry Invitational Meet. Geraint Berger qualified in the 50-metre freestyle and Olivia Feschuk qualified for the 200-metre backstroke. The team’s next meet will be next semester, which gives time for them to gear up in an attempt to qualify more athletes for nationals and ultimately, win the overall team banner.

The Mounties football team made their fourth consecutive Loney Bowl by beating out rival Acadia with an end score of 27-18.  The team traveled to Halifax on Nov. 12 in hopes of beating StFX, but fell short in a game where they were pushed to persevere through a series of unfortunate injuries. During the first quarter, starting quarterback and AUS rookie of the year Jakob Loucks took a big hit that left him on the turf for minutes. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Following this, late in the second quarter, backup quarterback Graham Kelly went down with a broken ankle. Veteran receivers Quinn LeBlanc and Idahosa Yorke shared quarterback duties moving into the second half. Down 3-20, the Mounties did not count themselves out. Loucks returned from the hospital at the start of the fourth quarter hoping to inspire a late comeback, throwing a 40-yard pass on his first play back.  The Mounties ultimately fell short 8-29, but this no-quit attitude is what the team will look to build on for next year.

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