women's volleyball champs
24, 2000, Gazette)
womens volleyball team may be undefeated and the new champs
of the Atlantic Universities Athletic Association, but dont
tell coach Karen Murphy the season is over. She has her sights
set on the CIAU championships, where shell lead the Sea-Hawks
March 2-4 in Winnipeg.
to stress all year that this is where were going,
said Ms. Murphy, of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union
AUAA championship victory over Université de Moncton in
Antigonish, N.S. was a satisfying victory for coach and players.
really proud of our aggressive play in the final, said
Ms. Murphy. We played to win that match.
And it wasnt
an easy road to the final. MUN was in tough in the semi-finals
against Acadia, down two games to nothing before rallying to
win the best of five 3-2.
blamed inactivity and, ironically, a raft of individual awards
earlier in the day, for the slow start on Saturday.
At the AUAA
awards luncheon, Sea-Hawk Susan Mosher was selected as the leagues
MVP, teammate Melissa Oates was voted top defensive player at
her position and Ms. Murphy was named AUAA Coach of the Year
for guiding the Sea-Hawks to an 18-0 regular season record and
a first place finish in the conference. Other award winners from
Memorial included Cheryl Oldford, who was named a first team
all-star, and Susan Penney, a second team all-star selection.
had previously been named Memorials nominee for the James
Bayer Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to the AUAAs
awards fresh in their minds, the MUN women promptly dropped the
first two games of their evening match 28-30 and 20-25 before
rebounding to win the next three 25-15, 25-18 and 15-9.
were still in shock, said Ms. Murphy. It took us
a while to get into it.
did get going, not much slowed them down. The women swept the
final three games of the semi before finishing Moncton three
games to one in the final. Match scores on Sunday were 21-25,
25-17, 25-21 and 25-18. Ms. Penney and Ms. Mosher were selected
as tournament all-stars while MUNs only fifth year player,
Jennifer Humber, was named tournament MVP.
For the womens
volleyball program, success should breed more of the same, said
Ms. Murphy. And with only one graduating player from this years
squad, Ms. Murphy is expecting more of the same next year.
the team are: Susan Penney, Jennifer Humber, Claudia Baggs, Cheryl
Oldford, Lynn Taylor, Angela Andrews, Alexandra Mackey, Deanne
Hiscock, Nancy Newman, Melissa Oates, Kerri Green, Robin Upshall
and Susan Mosher. Assistant coaches are Todd Martin and Cindy
Walsh and the student manager is Laura Strong.