Volleyball Martlets spook Sherbrooke in freaky Friday night special to snap road jinx

(L to R): Marjolaire Ste-Marie, Marie-Eve Dorion and Marie-Pier Durivage

(L to R): Marjolaire Ste-Marie, Marie-Eve Dorion and Marie-Pier Durivage

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SHERBROOKE — The McGill women’s volleyball team took trick or treat to the max in Sherbrooke on Halloween Friday. They played tricks on an unsuspecting Vert & Or squad and then treated themselves to a stunning 3-1 road victory in a city that has been very unwelcoming to the Martlets for many years.

It was McGill’s first road victory at Sherbrooke since Jan. 29, 2011, snapping a seven-game losing streak there.

The victory, by set scores of 25-23, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-18, took an hour and 56 minutes to play and was especially meaningful for McGill head coach Rachele Beliveau, a fomer Canadian Olympian and native of Sherbrooke who once starred on the court for the Vert & Or and was inducted to their sports hall of fame.

“It was a great that we were able to stay focussed through the whole game, it was their home opener, in front of a large and very loud crowd,” said Beliveau, who has racked up a 512-463-2 record overall in her 24 seasons as bench boss at McGill. “We played a good game in general, a little tentative at times but we were patient, played a good team game and were able to pull it off. It’s been a while that we beat them in their own gym.”

The McGill offence was led by three players, namely Catherine Amyot, Marie-Christine Lapointe and Ashley Norfleet.


McGill def. Sherbrooke 3-1
(31 oct. 14 at Sherbrooke, Qc)

McGill (Kills-aces-blocks) – Catherine Amyot 11-0-4; Marie-C. Lapointe 9-1-3; Ashley Norfleet 9-0-3; Myriam Robitaille 6-1-5; Marie-Pier Durivage 4-0-2; Virginie Hebert 3-1-3; Yasmeen Dawoodjee 1-3-1; Totals 43-6-12.0. (Assists) – Yasmeen Dawoodjee 34. (Dig leaders) – Marjolaire Ste-Marie 31; Catherine Amyot 27; Marie-C. Lapointe 24; Ashley Norfleet 21; Yasmeen Dawoodjee 12; Myriam Robitaille 9

Sherbrooke (Kills-aces-blocks) – Roxane Hasseni 12-0-1; Cather. Deslauriers 7-0-1; Rosalie Coderre 5-0-0; Kariane Dubois 5-0-0; Anne-Julie D’Auteuil 2-3-6; Kim Robitaille 2-1-1; Camille Charest-G. 1-1-2; Veronique David 1-0-1; Totals 35-5-8.0. (Assists) – Kim Robitaille 28. (Dig leaders) – Joanie Whittom 30; Kim Robitaille 27; Roxane Hasseni 20; Camille Charest-G. 12; Cather. Deslauriers 10; Rosalie Coderre 8

Site: Sherbrooke, Qc (Pavillon Univestrie)
Date: 31 oct. 14
Attend: 200
Time: 1:56
Referees: Denise Letourneau, J Francois Delab

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