Toronto gives Martlets the blues at NIT volleyball tourney


TORONTO – The No.5-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team defeated McGill 3-1 on the final day of the National Invitational Tournament at the U of T Goldring Centre, Tuesday.
The result left McGill with a 1-2 record at the three-day NIT tourney,
The Blues, playing on their home court, won by set scores of 25-19, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-23.
“It was good for us to play a Top 10 team like Toronto,” said McGill head coach Rachele Beliveau. “They were very quick, dynamic and have a similar style of play to the one that we are working on. We made too many mistakes but I was pleased with our passing, hitting and defence.”
Power-hitter Ashley Norfleet, a 5-foot-11 junior from Brossard, Que., led the Martlets with a dozen kills, nine digs and two stuff blocks. Virginie Hebert, a fifth-year middle blocker from St. Donat, Que.,  registered nine kills and two assisted blocks. Junior Catherine Amyot of Ottawa, added 11 kills, seven digs, one block, an ace and had a 2.10 passing ratio out of 3.0. Yasmeen Dawoodjee, the fourth-year setter from Ottawa, was credited with 41 assists, 11 digs and an ace.
In the tourney opener on Sunday, McGill came away with a 3-1 victory over Acadia, winning by set scores of 20-25, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-19. Amyot led the team with 12 kills, nine digs and one ace. Dawoodjee collected 34 assists and five kills. Norfleet had seven kills and seven digs.

On Monday, the Martlets suffered a 3-2 loss to McMaster (25-22, 17-25, 19-25, 25-19, 15-8). Dawoodjee had 37 assists, four kills, 20 digs, two aces and 3.5 blocks. Marie-Eve Dorion, a sophomore from St. Hubert, Que., led the team in passing with a 2.50 ratio to go along with a dozen digs and seven kills.
Before resuming the regular season, McGill, which now owns a 17-12 record overall, will play another exhibition game against the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Jan. 7 at École Sécondaire Publique l’Héritage in Cornwall, Ont.
MARTLET MURMURS: Senior Daphnee-Maude Andre-Morin and freshmen Myriam Robitaille and Emilie Matte de Grasse each remained out of the lineup. All are recovering from concussions suffered in the first semester and their expected return date is still unknown.
(3 games at the U of T Goldring Centre, Dec. 28-30)
Dec. 28: McGill 3, Acadia 1 (20-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-19)
Dec. 29: McMaster 3, McGill 2 (22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 19-25, 8-15)
Dec. 30: Toronto 3, McGill 1 (19-25, 20-25, 25-20, 23-25)
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