Robitaille and Norfleet merit all-tourney honours as McGill volleyballers finish third at Martlet Invitational


McGill’s Miriam Robitaille (left) and Marie-Christine Lapointe (right)

MONTREAL – Myriam Robitaille of Terrebonne, Que., and Ashley Norfleet of Brossard, Que., both members of the McGill women’s volleyball team, were named as tournament all-stars at the 24th annual Martlet Invitational over the weekend.
The Martlets won two of their four matches to finish third at the four-team, three-day event, held at Love Competition Hall.
Robitaille, a six-foot middle blocker, was a measure of consistency and led the team in scoring with a combined 37.5 points over 16 sets. The 20-year-old biology freshman posted a solid 30 per cent hitting efficiency, to go along with 29 kills, eight digs, four aces and 4.5 stuff blocks.
Norfleet, a 5-foot-11 outside-hitter, tallied 29 points over the four matches. A 22-year-old education junior, Norfleet had 24 kills, one ace, 30 digs and four blocks.
McGill defeated Moncton 3-0 in Friday’s opener but got off to a disappointing effort on Saturday, dropping a surprising 3-2 loss to Memorial, followed by a 3-0 setback to the Carabins. In Sunday’s bronze medal affair, they rallied to edge Moncton 3-2.
The Martlets had to make do without the services of fifth-year veteran Daphnee-Maude Andre-Morin, an all-star libero who suffered a concussion during a warm-up session at the Ottawa tourney the previous week.
“We were surprised by the loss to Memorial,” said McGill head coach Rachele Beliveau. “We got off to a shaky start and were very hesitant. Normally we are strong in our serve reception but that wasn’t the case this weekend, we struggled in that area. It was good that we faced the wall in that area before the start of league play next week, so we know where we have to work a little harder.”
The Montreal Carabins defeated Memorial University of Newfoundland 3-0 in the final to finish a perfect 4-0 over the weekend and capture the event for the 12th time in tourney history.
McGill, which had a 7-6 record in preseason play, now as a two-week break to lick their wounds before the regular season starts on Oct. 24 with a three-day interlocking tournament between the Quebec and Atlantic conferences, to be held at Centre CEPSUM on the U de M campus. The Martlets will play Cape Breton, Dalhousie, Acadia and Saint Mary’s.
The RSEQ conference has dominated the AUS in interlocking play since the format was introduced in 2007-08, racking up a lopsided 175-21 record, including a 41-8 mark by McGill.

24th Annual Martlet Invitational Women’s Volleyball Tournament

FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 2014
Montreal 3, Memorial 0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-18)
McGill 3, Moncton 0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-23)

SATURDAY, OCT. 11, 2014
Montreal 3, Moncton 0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-18)
Memorial 3, McGill 2 (25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-11)
Memorial 3, Moncton 0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18)
Montreal 3, McGill 0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-17)

SUNDAY, OCT. 12, 2014
BRONZE: McGill 3, Moncton 2  (18-25, 20-25, 25-12, 25-19, 15-8)
GOLD: Montreal 3, Memorial 0 (28-26, 25-15, 25-12)

Outside Hitter: Jill Snow, Memorial (Bishop’s Falls, Nfld)
Outside Hitter: Kim Bauder, Memorial (Langley, BC)
Middle Blocker: Myriam Robitaille, McGill (Terrebonne, Que)
Outside Hitter: Ashley Norfleet, McGill (Brossard, Que)
Power Hitter: Marie-Alex Belanger, Montreal (Joliette, Que)
Libero: Stephanie Lojen, Montreal (Montreal, Que)

MVP: Setter: Katia Forcier, Montreal (St. Jean sur Richelieu, Que)
Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Athletics & Recreation
McGill University
514-398-7012 (Tel.) (mobile website)


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