1964-65 Men’s Volleyball Team

…winners of Acadia’s fifth consecutive Maritime Intercollegiate Title.

For five consecutive seasons the Neil “Scorchy” MacVicar-coached men’s volleyball squads captured the Maritime Intercollegiate crown. Their fifth triumph, coming in late February of ’65, represented Mr. MacVicar’s last as an Axeman, as the ’65-’66 academic year found him again heavily involved in the Nova Scotia Secondary School System.

During January and February of ’65, the Axemen gathered daily and at odd hours in their relatively small gymnasium. The floor surface being limited dictated the necessity for execution of precise plays, an advantage they enjoyed on larger playing areas.

Exhibition tilts early in the season against such strong service teams as Shearwater and the Halifax “Y” prepared them well for a Memorial Tournament hosted by the Shearwater Naval Base.

All practices and exhibition contests, of course, were directed for participation in the intercollegiate championship scheduled for Mt.Allison, with all the dreams and expectations of “making it five in a row”.

At the tournament itself, the Axemen, inspired by the very effective spiking of David Jones, won the coveted Dartmouth Sportstore Trophy by defeating the host squad two games-to-one, posting 15-8 and 15-12 triumphs, while dropping a 15-13 decision.

Ian Belton and Dave Jones were named to the all-star team. Other members of the squad included Colin Mason, Art Burke, Alfred Clark, John Ewart, Dave Archibald, Dick Thomas, Wayne Hills, Peter McArthur and Leo Fourdraine.

The team lost their opportunity to travel to British Columbia for championship play among the seniors by losing to powerful Fairview by scores of 15-10 and 15-12.

What a pleasure it is to welcome back to Acadia for induction to its Sports Hall of Fame, members of the ’64-’65 men’s volleyball squad, winners of their fifth consecutive Maritime Intercollegiate title.