Volleyball (W) news
Jo-Annie Fortin, a 21-year-old psychology freshman at McGill University, finished fourth with the Canadian synchronized swim squad in the team routine final at the Olympics, Friday. Fortin, a Montrealer, had the best finish of the six McGillians that competed at the London Games. Ten other McGill grads served at the Games as coaches or administrators.
Two McGill University grads -- rower Derek O'Farrell and beach volleyballer Marie-Andrée Lessard -- were knocked out of medal contention on Day 6 at the Olympics, Thursday. O'Farrell and his crew finished fifth in a men's fours semifinal heat and the Canadian boat has been relegated to Saturday's consolation final. Lessard and her teammate were bounced out of the Games after a 2-1 loss to It
It has been a less than stellar debut for McGill's Olympians at the Summer Games in London. In rowing, Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que., placed third in the opening heat of the men's lightweight double sculls, Sunday. Meanwhile, in women's beach volleyball, McGill grad Marie-Andrée Lessard of LaSalle, Que., lost 2-1 in her pairs preliminary opener to Britain.
Former McGill University swimmer Victoria Poon of LaSalle, Que., finished fifth in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay (3:39.60) at the Summer Olympics on Saturday.Rowers Douglas Vandor of Dewittville, Que., and Derek O'Farrell of Montreal - who both got their start in a McGill novice boat - are slated to make their Olympic debut at the Summer Games on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
Kaiva Mateus of Montreal West, Que., has been named most valuable player on the McGill University women's volleyball team, announced head coach Rachèle Béliveau. Other team awards were presented to Marie-Christine Lapointe (most improved player) of St. Jean sur Richelieu, Que., Kristina Pavlovic (most sportmanlike player) of Richmond, B.C., and Yasmeen Dawoodjee (rookie of the year) of Ottawa.
Geneviève Plante of the McGill women's volleyball team and Karl De Grandpré, a volleyball player with the Laval Rouge et Or, have been selected athletes of the week by the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec, for the period ending Mar. 4, 2012.
Geneviève Plante of Montreal and Andrew Wright of Toronto are the McGill University - Ye Olde Orchard athletes of the week, for the period ending Mar. 4, 2012.
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. The unheralded and fifth-seeded McGill Martlets were led onto a national stage to do battle with the lions. In the end, they came away with an astonishing 3-1 upset over the Quebec champion Montreal Carabins to capture a bronze medal at the CIS women's volleyball championship, their first-ever CIS podium finish, Sunday.
The top-seeded Alberta Pandas set up of an all-Canada West final against archrival UBC at the CIS women's volleyball championship thanks to a 25-16, 25-16, 25-23 semifinal win over the No. 5 McGill Martlets at McMaster University's Burridge Gymnasium, Saturday night.
Geneviève Plante and Kaiva Mateus each scored 15 points to lead fifth-seeded McGill to a thrilling 3-2 win over No.4-Saint Mary's in an opening day quarter-final of the CIS women's volleyball championship, Friday. The set scores were 26-24, 25-18, 20-25, 23-25 and 15-13. McGill, which advances to the semifinals for the first time in school history, will play No.1 Alberta on Saturday at 8 pm.
The McGill Martlets are seeded fifth in their first trip to the CIS women's volleyball championship, which begins today in Hamilton.
Daphnée-Maude André-Morin, a volleyball player from McGill University was named the CIS libero of the year and teammate Kaiva Mateus of Montreal earned all-Canadian honours in women's volleyball, Wednesday night.
It will go down as the busiest playoff week in McGill sporting history this week as the University could be hosting as many as eight playoff games in a six-day span.
For the first time in 15 years, the McGill University women's volleyball team is headed to the CIS women's volleyball championship. The seeding was announced Sunday for the 2012 CIS tourney set to get under way Friday at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. The eight-team competition concludes next Sunday, March 4 with the gold-medal at 4 p.m.
Mélanie Roy had 17 kills as the sixth-ranked Montreal Carabins defeated No.10-McGill 3-1 in the Quebec women's volleyball league championship series at the Centre CEPSUM, Friday. Montreal which won by set scores of 25-23, 25-12, 29-31 and 25-20, leads the best-of-three series 1-0.