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Hurricanes win five-set thriller

CHARLOTTETOWN - The Holland Hurricanes overcame a slow start Saturday night at the Centre for Community Engagement to pull out a five-set victory over the St. Thomas University Tommies.

The second-place Hurricanes improved to 10-3 (won-lost) in Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association play with their sixth consecutive victory. The Tommies currently hold the last ACAA playoff position with a 6-9 record. 

St. Thomas jumped out to a two-sets-to-none lead (25-23, 25-19), capitalizing on a Hurricanes team that made 18 attack errors, including 12 alone in the second set. The Hurricanes battled back with a 25-22 third set win, and picked up a 25-23 fourth set victory to force a fifth. 

In the fifth set, Jasmine Smith powered five of her match-high 24 kills to secure the Hurricanes victory by a set score of 15-13. 

Laura Ready set a Holland Hurricanes team record with 54 assists in the match, while Taylor Allen paced the defenseive effort with 19 digs. 

For the Tommies, Megan Mills had 17 kills and 14 digs, while Jennica Jean had a game-high 23 digs. 

Up next, the Tommies will travel to Church Point, Nova Scotia for a weekend set with the USA Dragons January 26th and 27th. 

The Hurricanes will face the DAL AC Rams in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia January 27th.