Amyot awesome again as McGill women manhandle Moncton, push win streak to three

Erika Cournoyer (5) and Catherine Amyot (6)

Erika Cournoyer (5) and Catherine Amyot (6)

Box Score
QUEBEC CITY — Power-hitter Catherine Amyot of Ottawa tallied a game-high 16.5 points as McGill swept Moncton 3-0 in their final interlocking game of the regular season between the RSEQ and AUS conferences.

The set scores were 25-19, 25-14 and 25-20.

It was the third consecutive victory for the Martlets, who improved to 9-3 on the season, including a perfect 7-0 mark in interlocking play. Since the two leagues began an interlocking schedule in 2007-08, McGill has racked up a stellar 52-8 record against Atlantic-based squads.

“It was a good weekend for us and we are showing good potential to go far if we stay focussed,” said McGill head coach Rachele Beliveau. “We adjusted our play in the easier games to avoid blocking the ball as we wanted to work on other parts of our game. We tried to dig more than focus on blocks, especially against Moncton.”

The Martlets had a 40-26 edge in kills, a 6-3 margin in service aces, in a smack-fest that only had a combined six stuff blocks between the two teams. McGill also led 48-45 in digs.

Amyot, a materials engineering junior, who collected most of her points on kills with 16, contibuted a pair of digs and an assisted block.  Fellow power-hitter Ashley Norfleet of Brossard, Que., was the only other McGill player to reach double digits, scoring 10.5 points, on nine kills and 1.5 blocks. She also had five digs.

Alyssa Turenne led the Aigles Bleus with 10.5 points, 10 of them on kills.

Despite a stellar 9-3 record, the McGill women sit third in the RSEQ conference and will close out the fall semester with a key home matchup against the Montreal Carabins on Thursday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. The game will also serve as the team’s third annual “Dig for the Cure” affair, with net proceeds going towards the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. The Martlets, who will play in pink outfits, raised $1,553 in last year’s game, including a $300 donation from the visiting Sherbrooke squad.

MARTLET MURMURS: The much-awaited return of freshman starter Myriam Robitaille, a six-foot middle blocker who has missed five of 12 regular season contests with a concussion, occurred in the morning rendez-vous against Memorial. Beliveau indicated that Robitaille was worked into the lineup for parts of two sets and felt fine but was removed, as planned, in a precautionary measure. She is expected to get more playing time next week.

Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office

  Short Box Score
   Martlets def. Aigles Bleues 3-0
   Aigles Bleues (Kills-aces-blocks) - Alyssa Turenne 10-0-1;
   Christelle Bertin 7-0-1; Rachelle Lemoine 5-1-0; Genevieve Leblanc
   2-0-0; Annie Leblanc 1-0-1; Veronique Carroll 1-1-0; Judith Desjardins
   0-1-0; Totals 26-3-2.0. (Assists) - Veronique Carroll 16. (Dig
   leaders) - Annie Leblanc 9; Christelle Bertin 7
   Martlets (Kills-aces-blocks) - Catherine Amyot 16-0-1; Ashley
   Norfleet 9-0-2; Yasmeen Dawoodjee 4-2-0; M-Christine Lapointe 4-2-1;
   Marie-Pier Durivage 2-0-0; Virginie Hebert 2-1-1; Emilie MattedeGrasse
   2-0-0; Erika Cournoyer 1-0-1; Marie-Eve Dorion 0-1-0; Totals 40-6-4.5.
   (Assists) - Yasmeen Dawoodjee 35. (Dig leaders) - Yasmeen Dawoodjee
   12; M-Christine Lapointe 12; Marjolaine Ste-Marie 10
   Site: Quebec City (Centre PEPS)
   Date: Nov 22, 2014 


1 Montréal 11 9 2 30 7 875 705 0.818 0.0
2 Laval 11 9 2 27 9 841 726 0.818 0.0
3 McGill 12 9 3 29 14 1018 834 0.750 -0.5
4 Sherbrooke 11 7 4 25 17 933 837 0.636 -2.0