Dalhousie, St. Mary's win volleyball Atlantic Conference titles

FREDERICTON, N.B. – It was a good news, tough news weekend for the Dalhousie University Tigers in volleyball.

The school won the men’s Atlantic title while the women lost to St.Mary’s in the women’s final.

The Tigers won the men’s volleyball Atlantic Conference title on Sunday defeating the University of New Brunswick Redmen 28-26, 24-26, 25-19, 25-10 to reclaim the banner in front of over 700 fans at the Currie Center in Fredericton.

"Losing last year definitely hurt and I think our guys definitely had a greater sense of purpose this season to come back and win a championship," said Dalhousie head coach Dan Ota, named the Conference’s coach of the year earlier this week.

"When you lose a championship like we did last year, it really stings and I know all the guys that were on last years team wanted to make this their singular purpose in their season and I'm glad we were able to come back and win a championship."

The Tigers will now represent the conference at the CIS men's volleyball championship being hosted by Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., March 2-4.

In the women’s final, the No. 2-ranked Saint Mary's Huskies captured second conference title in three years beating the Tigers 25-17,26-28,25-19,25-22 at the Ceps Louis-J.-Robichaud on the Moncton campus.

Three-time league MVP Kerri Smit once again led the charge for the Huskies with 17 kills, 16 digs and two aces. First team all-star Arial Smith added 17 kills of her own to go with 13 digs.

The Huskies will represent the Conference at the CIS women's volleyball championship hosted by McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, March 2nd to 4th.