Hurricanes announce volleyball award winners ahead of playoffs

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Holland College Hurricanes take home ACAA awards ahead of conference championships weekend

The Holland Hurricanes men's and women's volleyball team's are in a position to take home conference championships this weekend at the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association championships in Saint John, N.B.

The men will take on the second ranked STU Tommies today at 7 p.m. in their semifinal match.

This season the Tommies have taken the series 3-2 while compiling a regular season record of 10-5; the Hurricanes finished at 9-6 and in third place.

The women's Hurricanes enter the championship as the second seed and received a bye through the quarter-finals after an 18-3 regular season; they will also face the St. Thomas Tommies today at 1:30 p.m. after the Tommies defeated the UKC Blue Devils on Friday in quarter-final play.

The Hurricanes won the season series between the two teams 3-0.

With victories today, the women could find themselves in the ACAA championship game for the second straight year at noon while the men's final is at 2:30 p.m. A conference championship for either team would be the first in team history.

The Hurricanes are the hosts of the 2016 CCAA national women's volleyball championships in Charlottetown while if the men win they will participate in the CCAA national men's volleyball championship in British Columbia at Douglas College.

On Friday night, the ACAA handed out it's regular season awards and the Hurricanes had a strong night.

Women's team member Gracie Ferguson of Fall River, N.S. was named the ACAA rookie of the year for her play as the 'Canes starting setter. She led the ACAA in assists this season with 424 and assists averaged per set with 6.63.

Second-year player Dana Trainor of Charlottetown was named the conference's Libero of the Year. Trainer led the conference with 4.62 digs averaged per set and second in total digs with 277.

Sydney Foy of New Haven was named to the ACAA's first all-conference team while Ferguson and Charlottetown's Meg MacKinnon were second team all-conference members.

Coach of the year honours went to Lori-Beth Dwyer of Cole Harbour, N.S., for the second straight season. She led the Hurricanes to a combined regular season record of 33-9 the last two seasons after the program went 2-95 from 2009-10 through 2013-14.

On the men's side, Tynan Murphy of Montague was named the ACAA rookie of the year. Murphy who plays right side, finished in fifth in kills this season with 84.

Second year players, Darcie Handrahan (Alberton) and Kenton Dawkins (Nassau, Bahamas) were named to the ACAA all-conference team for their regular season play. Handrahan plays outside for the 'Canes while Dawkins is a middle.

It was a clean sweep for the Hurricanes coaches as men's head coach Jeremy McKinnon received the coach of the year honours in his rookie year with the team. McKinnon is from Brackley Beach and was a top player for the Hurricanes for the five season's prior.

Fans can watch all of the action this weekend from Saint John at

For more information on the 2016 ACAA volleyball championships, visit

Organizations: Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association, Holland College Hurricanes, Douglas College UKC Blue Devils

Geographic location: Saint John, Charlottetown, British Columbia Fall River New Haven Cole Harbour Nassau Bahamas Brackley Beach

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