Volleyball teams compete in Quebec
The men's and women's volleyball teams were in Quebec this weekend to participate in interlock tournaments where the teams of the AUS compete against the teams of the RSEQ. The women finished the weekend 0-4 while the men went 1-2 after defeating Montreal 3-2 on Friday night.
The teams of Quebec dominated the teams of Atlantic Canada at the second women's volleyball interlock tournament of the season in Montreal, taking fifteen of sixteen games on the weekend. Memorial lost all four games against the talented sides of McGill, Sherbrooke, Montreal and Laval. It was Memorial's first interlock of the year.
Friday McGill 3 Memorial 0
The Sea-Hawks opened interlock play on Friday evening losing 3-0 to the McGill Martlets.
The opening set was tightly contested but McGill edged Memorial to take the momentum with a 25-22 victory.
In the second set it was all Martlets as they outplayed Memorial to take the set 25-13 before closing out the match with a 25-19 third set victory.
Genevieve Plante and Ashley Norfleet led McGill with 12 and 10 kills respectively. Setter Marcela Mansure had 24 assists in the win.
Fourth year middle Angela Peddle led Memorial with 7 kills. Sam March, a fourth year setter from Bay Roberts, had 16 assists in the loss. Samantha Jubinville led Memorial with 9 digs. Senior Chantel Jones had two solo blocks and got in on four others.
Saturday Sherbrooke 3 Memorial 0
In the Saturday morning draw at the interlock tournament the eighth ranked team in the country, Sherbrooke Vert et Or, defeated Memorial 3-0, despite a better effort by the Sea-Hawks.
Sherbrooke opened the match taking the first set 25-22 led by the play of middle Roxane Hasseni.
The second set was filled with exciting rallies and big plays as the Sea-Hawks pushed Sherbrooke into extra points before the Vert et Or edged Memorial 30-28 to take command of the match 2-0.
Sherbrooke kept the momentum and closed out the match with a 25-17 win in the third set.
Hasseni, a native of Paris, led Sherbrooke with a match-high 12 kills in the win. Kim Robitaille had 31 assists in the win while Adreanne Whittom had a match-high 19 digs to stifle the Memorial attack.
Sam March shifted back to the outside for coach Bill Thistle on Saturday. March led Memorial with 9 kills in the loss. She added a team-high 10 digs. Rookie Gillian Ricketts started at setter and had 21 assists. Second year left side Lauren Miller played well for Memorial with 6 kills and 8 digs.
Saturday Montreal 3 Memorial 1
The Sea-Hawks played their best match of the weekend on Saturday in the evening draw of the interlock tournament, pushing the Montreal Carabins, the number nine team in the CIS, through four close sets before losing 3-1.
Montreal took the early 2-0 lead with a 25-20 and 25-21 victories in the opening two sets.
Memorial stormed back in the third to edge Montreal 25-23 to get back in the match 2-1.
In the fourth Memorial got close but Montreal had a couple of key kills to quiet the rally and take the match 3-1.
Marie-Sophie Nadeau led Montreal with a match-high 14 kills. Myriam Halle showed some great passing from the setter position with 43 assists.
Sam March once again led Memorial with a well-rounded 10 kills and 10 digs. Rookie Jill Snow chipped in with 6 kills as did Angela Peddle and Lauren Miller. Gillian Ricketts had 26 assists to lead Memorial while Hayley Bremner saw some action at setter with 8 assists. Miller also had 9 digs while Peddle had three solo blocks.
Sunday Laval 3 Memorial 0
On Sunday the Laval Rouge et Or sent the Sea-Hawks home winless at the Interlock with a 3-0 straight set win. Set scores were 25-13, 25-21 and 25-21.
Memorial stuck with the fifth ranked team in the CIS in the second and third set which is a good indicator of the competitiveness of the team.
Chantel Jones led Memorial with 5 kills while Sam March contributed 10 digs.
Eve Thibault led Laval with 12 kills.
Memorial (2-6) head into the Christmas break after a very tough schedule to start their season. Their next action will be January 12 and 13 when they host the St. FX X-Women for a weekend series at the Field House.
Friday Memorial 3 Montreal 2
The Memorial Sea-Hawks played their best match of the season in the opener of the interlock tournament Friday night storming back from a 2-0 deficit to hand Montreal a 3-2 loss.
Montreal looked to be in control early after they took the first two sets 25-21 and 25-19.
Memorial would turn the tides in the third set led by the play of seniors Drew Stephens and Brad Pitcher and fourth year Nathan Tilley. Memorial would take the third set 25-19 before taking the fourth by a narrow 25-23 to force the fifth and deciding set. In the third set Memorial were extremely efficient with only two errors in the entire set.
In the fifth Memorial took control and closed out the match with a 15-8 set victory. Montreal had 6 errors in the set.
Stephens continued his fine play for Memorial with a match-high 21 kills. Fourth year middle Nathan Tilley looked inspired with 17 kills in the win. Setter Brad Pitcher was putting up good sets for Tilley and Stephens all night, finishing with 39 assists. He also had a match-high 12 digs in the win. Rookie Nick Hann had 10 digs.
The win was the first of the season for Memorial.
Saturday Laval 3 Memorial 0
The Memorial Sea-Hawks were in tough against the fifth ranked team in the nation on Saturday morning as the Laval Rouge et Or defeated Memorial 3-0.
Laval took the sets by scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-18.
Olivier Jannini led the way for Laval with 14 kills. Vincent Thibault had 12 digs.
Memorial's attack had trouble with the size of the Laval middles.
Third year outside hitter Josh Ennis led Memorial with 6 kills while Darryle Prowse and Drew Stephens each had 4. Jared Stokes led Memorial with 6 digs.
Saturday Sherbrooke 3 Memorial 2
The Memorial men's volleyball team gave a talented Sherbrooke team all they could handle before losing in five sets on Saturday evening to finish the interlock tournament 1-2.
Memorial started very strong in the match winning the first two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-22.
In the third Sherbrooke took control and used the momentum to take the final three sets and the match with set scores of 25-20, 25-19, 15-10.
Nathan Tilley continued his exceptional play on the weekend with a big 21 kill performance. Drew Stephens was also big for Memorial with 17 kills in the loss.
Brad Pitcher had 44 assists in the loss while Kendal Schmidt and Nick Hann led the Sea-Hawks with 10 digs apiece.
William Marier led Sherbrooke with 14 kills in the win.
Memorial (1-9) now head into the Christmas break. Their next action will be in January when they travel to Dalhousie for a key weekend series against the Tigers on the 12th and 13th.