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FEATURE PREVIEW: Volleyball team looks to surge against Laval

Thursday January 11, 2018
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Greg Mason

The Gee-Gees women’s volleyball team is back at Montpetit Hall this Saturday, taking on the Laval Rouge et Or squad which sits just ahead of Ottawa in the RSEQ standings. Game time is 2 p.m. and Ottawa heads into the contest energized by an exhibition road trip last week.

The Garnet and Grey tuned up for 2018 by visiting Guelph and McMaster, a trip which head coach Lionel Woods says was extremely beneficial for his team. “This past weekend away was far better than just staying home and training and we feel that we had a ton of ‘team’ and ‘volleyball’ growth in a short period of time.”

Coming into the 2018 portion of the regular season, Ottawa sits fourth in the RSEQ ahead of Sherbrooke and UQAM. The last time the Gee-Gees appeared on home court the team earned a five-set victory over UQAM. Laval has won each of the two previous matches the teams have played this regular season.

For Ottawa, the focus is clear. “It’s nothing fancy,” says Woods. “We continue to simply focus on getting better as a team. We have to keep putting more execution together in a row and sustain our good play over a match.”

As Woods alludes, the Gee-Gees have been brilliant at points this season, displaying defensive tenacity and attacking power. Kaly Soro and Caroline Lemay each outrank the top Laval attackers with 3.10 and 2.95 kills per set, respectively, to rank in the conference’s top six. Sabrina Roy’s 5.15 digs per set is tops in RSEQ, while Meseret Tamrat leads the conference with 22 service aces, followed by Kara Hayes with 18. Dana Bulloch is fourth in the conference with 0.76 blocks per set, again outpacing any Rouge et Or player.

2018 is a chance to build on what’s been learned in the early goings of the season, including the two previous matches against the Rouge et Or. “We really like playing Laval – they are looking strong after their exhibition play as well. We believe we have a shot to close the gap with them in this next semester,” concludes Woods.

Tickets are on sale at tickets.geegees.ca and all Gee-Gees regular season home games are webcast live on OUA.tv