Martlets sweep Gee-Gees to halt four-game slide
OTTAWA -- Claire Vercheval of Ste. Julie, Que., registered a game-high 16.5 points as the visiting McGill women's volleyball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 sweep over the winless Ottawa Gee-Gees at Montpetit Hall, Sunday. The set scores were 25-13, 25-15 and 25-13.
It was a must-win affair for McGill, which sits fifth in the RSEQ conference with a 5-9 record. The Martlets have six games remaining and sit four wins behind fourth-place Sherbrooke for the final playoff berth.
"We played really well today, looked very good on offence, had a high hitting effiiciency of 47 per cent and our serve receive (passing) was solid," said head coach Rachele Beliveau. "We served okay, blocked well, didn't make many mistakes and our defence was quick and mobile, which was nice to see."
Vercheval scored her points on 16 kills and an assisted block over three sets, in addition to five digs and one assist.
Other Martlets to reach double digits in scoring were Victoria iannotti (11.5 pts) of St. Laurent, Que., and Myriam Robitaille (10) of terrebonne, Que. Setter Audrey Trottier of Longueuil, Que., posted a game-high 32 assists, to go along with a pair of kills, one ace, two blocks and a game-high seven digs.
Leading the scoring for Ottawa, with five points apiece, was Kara Hayes, Dana Bulloch and Avery Hughes.
McGill dominated in most of the major statistical categories, holding the upper-hand in kills (44-19), aces (5-2), stuff blocks (7-2), digs (36-28) and assists (38-17). The Martlets only committed five errors on 83 total kill attempts, compared to the Gee-Gees, who were charged with 17 errors on 76 attempts.
Ottawa dropped to 0-15 and can finish no higher than last in the six-team Quebec league. The two teams will cross paths for the final time on Friday, Jan. 24 in a 6:30 pm tip-off at Love Competition Hall.
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