The Martlets (6-3) took to the court against the Montreal Carabins (7-2) for the first of four regular season meetings. McGill defeated no. 2 ranked team in the country three sets to none in rounds of 25-21, 25-20, and 25-19. Ashley Norfleet, a sophomore power hitter, led the way for the Martlets with 11 kills and 10 digs, while middles, Marie-Pier Durivage and Virginie Hebert, added seven kills apiece. The home team dominated the Carabins in hitting efficiency, posting lopsided stats of .207 to .182, and .345 to .212 in the first and third sets respectively. Third-year setter Yasmeen Dawoodjee posted a remarkable 24 assists in helping set the tone for the Martlets’ style of play.
Despite their strong start to the season, McGill has struggled to defeat perennial rivals Sherbrooke (5-4) and Laval (7-2). In order to make the playoffs this season, the team must learn to stay consistent and finish off games. In two losses against Sherbrooke and one against Laval, the Martlets failed to close out sets and lost by narrow margins. The team will travel to Sherbrooke, Quebec to play in the RSEQ-AUS Interlocking League Tournament this weekend from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24.
The McGill Martlets (2-0) beat the UQAM Citadins (2-1) 54-44 this weekend, as the two teams faced off for the first of three matches this season. Sophomore forward Mariam Sylla led the way for the Martlets, posting a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 6-of-11 on field goals and going a perfect 2-for-2 on free throws. 5’6” point-guard Francoise Charest followed Sylla with 13 points, while guard Helene Bibeau added nine.
McGill defeated the Citadins primarily on the back of its shooting prowess from three-point range and the free throw line. The Martlets shot 20 per cent from range and 62.5 per cent from the foul line, compared to 14.3 per cent and 41.7 per cent on threes and free throws for UQAM, respectively. Both teams were also subpar while handling the ball as McGill had 30 turnovers while the Citadins posted 29.
The Martlets will face the Concordia Stingers (1-1) this Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 p.m. in Love Competition Hall. McGill will look for their 10th consecutive win against RSEQ opponents dating back to Feb. 1, 2013.
The Redmen (2-0) trounced the UQAM Citadins (1-2) 87-52 this past Saturday as the team won its second conference game. Shooting-guard Vincent Dufort and forward Nathan Joyal both notched 17 points, and veteran guard Simon Bibeau added 12 points in the victory. McGill shot an incredible 51.6 per cent from the field, making 33 of 64 shots, and also had made 8 of 16 three-point shots. The Redmen led the game throughout, scoring a dominant 31 points in the second quarter to open up the lead to 52-30 by halftime.
The Citadins’ Alexandre Bernard led the way for UQAM with 20 points, while Philippe Tamba and Marvin Pierre tallied 12 apiece.
McGill posted a worrying 20 turnovers for the game, with freshmen guard Dele Ogundokun and forward Francois Bourque posting five turnovers apiece. However, the mistakes should decrease as the team settles into the meat of its regular season, as the 10 rookies on the Redmen roster mature.
McGill will play the winless Concordia Stingers (0-2) on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 p.m. in Love Competition Hall.