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FEATURE PREVIEW: Volleyball Home Opener Friday

Giving Tuesday
Thursday October 19, 2017
Kaly Soro holding a volleyball.
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Greg Mason

The Gee-Gees women’s volleyball team begins its 2017-18 RSEQ regular season on Friday night at Montpetit Hall. With one year of RSEQ play under their belts, the Gee-Gees are poised to take advantage of what they learned a year ago as well as in preseason play this fall.

Ottawa hosts McGill on Friday night, an opponent which brings both familiarity and opportunity. “Our veterans are well aware that even though we play an opponent several times in a season, you can’t rely on that,” says Gee-Gees head coach Lionel Woods.

“Things start for real on Friday as opposed to grinding away at a process, and we can’t waste time,” Woods underlines. “Our patience is over and we are trying to play with urgency.”

The urgency stems from the confidence that the Garnet and Grey are well-positioned to take a run at the RSEQ banner.

“We are such a new bunch together and we’ve been through a lot in the preseason,” says Woods, referring to a tough slate of games which didn’t always go the Gee-Gees’ way and also the emotional weight that the passing of Gee-Gees football player Loic Kayembe placed on the team. “We think we have a really good shot to be better in terms of performance.”

The Gee-Gees roster is thirteen deep with five first-year players and five returning starters. Second-year middle Dana Bulloch will step into a starter’s role this year, as will Emily Lenton. Lenton, a psychology student from Regina, Sask., takes over the starting setter’s role in her third season with the Garnet and Grey.

Ottawa will also visit the Sherbrooke Vert et Or on Sunday. The Gee-Gees were 2-2 against both Sherbrooke and McGill last regular season with wins early in the year. Ottawa held a 6-4 record at home in 2016-17.

All Gee-Gees women’s volleyball home games will be webcast live and free of charge on OUA.tv. Tickets are available online at tickets.geegees.ca

Away games are webcast at the discretion of the host school. Updates will be provided as they become available on the team Twitter account, @geegees_wvball

KEY RETURNERS:

Caroline Lemay: Heading into her fourth season, the accounting student from Rockland, Ont., provides the offensive power for Ottawa, leading the team with 3.26 kills per set in 2016-17 en route to an RSEQ All-Star recognition.

Meseret Tamrat: Ottawa’s veteran fifth-year middle, Tamrat provided 0.54 blocks per set in 2016-17 and has steadily improved her attacking range to provide a dangerous attacking presence with high energy. Tamrat is now studying towards a Master’s in Human Kinetics.

Kaly Soro: Another left-side stalwart for Ottawa, Soro heads into her fifth season after an All-Star season in 2015-16 and led the Gee-Gees in service aces last season (0.49 per set). Soro is completing her degree in Communications.

Sabrina Roy: An RSEQ all-star in 2016-17, Roy is Ottawa’s outstanding veteran libero. The Human Kinetics major from Ottawa posted a career high 4.24 digs per set last season.