Sunday is a day to remember for volleyball at the University of New Brunswick.
Each of the men’s and women’s teams at the school won Atlantic University Sport championships in the sport, and each on the road in Nova Scotia.
The most dramatic was the men’s team coached by Dan McMorran winning its first title since 1979 with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the perennial champion Dalhousie Tigers yesterday in Halifax.
That came on the heels of an emotional five-set victory at home on Friday night in which UNB spotted the Tigers a 2-1 lead only to win the last two sets 25-20 and 15-12 in the tie-breaker to put them on the verge of victory.
They completed the deal and avoided a third match in the best-of-three final yesterday at Dalplex. Set scores were 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 24-26, 15-12.
“This is a special time for UNB volleyball, our players, our supporters, and our alumni who have been with us every step,” said McMorran, in his seventh season as the head coach. “This is for those people as much as it is for us. I’ve never been more proud of a group of individuals.”
It marked UNB’s first victory at Dalhousie since Feb. 15 of 2008 and ended Dal’s 24-year hold on the Atlantic title. It’ll be UNB representing the conference at the national CIS tournament slated March 4-6 at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.