The no. 4 ranked Gee-Gees women’s volleyball team were upended by their rivals from York by a 3-0 score to open the OUA regular season on Saturday in Toronto. After overtaking the Gee-Gees late in the first two sets, the Lions followed through with a 25-12 win in the third to complete the sweep.
Myriam English led the Gee-Gees with 13 points including 10 kills. English was the only Gee-Gee in double-digits while York’s rookie Abby Ganzhorn and veteran middles Brittney Hopley and Michelle Pierce lifted their squad to victory with 13, 12.5, and 10 points respectively.
“York played outstanding defence,” said Ottawa head coach Lionel Woods. “Their middle blockers had an impact all game and they really went after every opportunity.”
Ottawa led 24-23 in the first set before succumbing 26-24 on a stuff block by Pierce.
Tension in the second set rose as Ottawa dominated the early game, leading by a score of 5-1 before the first timeout. Ottawa’s Sophie Chenail ended a long rally that kept both teams on their toes. The Lions were able to equalize at 12-12 and take a 16-15 lead before the next timeout. Ottawa seemed to have found its rhythm, overtaking the opposition with a lead of 22-19, and they eventually ran it to 24-22 and had a chance to take the set. However, the Lions were relentless, catching up and extending the set with another deuce at 24-24. Mistakes by the Gee-Gees proved critical as the final point of the set was from a block that went wide off the line.
“We need to play with a better mix of confidence and urgency,” said Woods. “In our division there will be no room to be distracted from what you are there to do - play hard and play together and play for every point. We will focus solely on that in the coming weeks.”
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OTT 24 24 12
YRK 26 26 25