(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.
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