Volleyball (W) news
The No. 1-ranked McGill University Martlets extended their overall winning streak to 61 straight games over the past weekend and are now six shy of Alberta's all-time CIS women's hockey record.
Graeme Tingey of North Vancouver, B.C., and Jennifer Thomson of Rosemere, Que., are the McGill University athletes of the week for the period ending Nov. 15, 2009.
All-Canadian power-hitter Jennifer Thomson of Rosemere, Que., had 17 kills and 15 digs as ninth-ranked McGill swept Sherbrooke 25-15, 25-19 and 25-22 in women's university volleyball, Friday.
The two-time defending national champion McGill women's hockey team remain the No.1 team in the weekly CIS Top 10 poll, the hockey Redmen remain undefeated and have crept up to the No.4 spot. The volleyball Martlets are tied for No.9.
Power-hitter Amy Graham scored a game-high 13.5 points as McGill upset the No.4-ranked Laval Rouge et Or 3-0 in women's volleyball at Love Competition Hall, Friday. It marked only the eight regular-season victory ever against Laval for the Martlets, who are currently ranked 10th in the CIS national Top 10.
Four McGill University teams find themselves in the CIS Top 10 rankings this week, including both the men's and women's hockey teams, plus women's volleyball and women's soccer.
The two-time defending national champion hockey Martlets are one of three McGill squads in the Top 10 poll, released Tuesday. The Martlets, who have won 56 consecutive games, are the top-ranked team in the CIS for the 33rd consecutive poll. The hockey Redmen have moved up one notch to No.7 while the volleyball Martlets are ninth for the second straight week.
Three McGill varsity teams find themselves among the CIS Top 10 poll released Tuesday. The hockey Martlets, who have won 56 consecutive games, are No.1 in the nation for the third straight week. McGill is also ranked No. 8 in men's hockey and No.8 in women's volleyball.
Rachèle Béliveau of the McGill University women's volleyball team, has become the first coach in school history to earn 400 career wins. The former Canadian Olympian from Sherbrooke, Que., reached the milestone without much fanfare, on Oct. 4, after guiding the Martlets to a 3-1 victory over McMaster in the gold medal match of the Ottawa Quality Hotel Preseason Classic tournament.
Marcela Mansure, a native of Rio de Janeiro, and Jennifer Thomson of Rosemere, Que., paced McGill to a 4-1 record and a gold medal finish at the Quality Hotel Pre-season Classic women's volleyball tournament in Ottawa over the weekend. It was the Martlets' first tourney title since winning the same event in January, 2006.
Power hitter Jennifer Thomson of Rosemere, Que., and middle blocker Kelsey Irwin of Vancouver, B.C., were both named to the all-tournament team as the McGill women's volleyball team opened their preseason with a 4-1 record and a silver medal finish at the Carabins Invitational, hosted by Université de Montreal over the weekend.
McGill finished fourth of 11 teams at the provinical under-21 women's volleyball championship hosted by Collège François-Xavier Garneau over the weekend.
Rachèle Béliveau, coach of McGill's volleyball Martlets, was named to the University of Sherbrooke's Sports Hall of Fame on April 8, 2009. (Béliveau, left at the 1984 Olympics CP Photo/COA/Scott Grant
MONTREAL – Jennifer Thomson of Rosemere, Que., and Alexandra Sheppard of North Vancouver, B.C., had 13 kills apiece as the No.10-ranked McGill volleyball Martlets outlasted Laval 3-2 in a Halloween thriller at Love Competition Hall, Friday.