Women’s Volleyball making a push for the final playoff spot
The Lady Islanders displayed exemplary character in a must finish FIRST scenario to keep their playoff hopes alive. Led by 1st year player Maxime Simoneau (34 kills, +22 hitting, 48% kill percentage, 6 aces, 92% serving percentage and 11 digs), 2nd year players Hayley Nesbitt, playing Tech for the first time this year (11 digs, 6 stuff blocks, 8 aces, 90% serving, 23 kills, +14 hitting, 38% kill percentage and a 2.00 serve receive ratio), Alessandra Bernard (14 kills, 7 stuff blocks and 5 digs).
The Lady Islanders started the day very strong with 3 straight victories versus Terrebonne (25-9, 25-15), Mont Laurier (25-18, 25-20) and Bois de Boulogne (25-13, 25-16). Then they encountered one of the teams fighting for a playoff spot in Maisonneuve where The Islanders won the first set (25-18) but lost the 2nd 20-25, thus placing them in a very important third set which would determine 1st place and they came out of the gates flying leading 8-3 at the flip. They ended up winning the game 15-11 and ultimately finishing in first place!
The Isles will be 4 points behind St Jerome for the 8th and final spot, with both teams competing in the same section at the final league tournament. This means the Isles have to finish 1st and have St Jerome finish last (5th) to make it to regionals.
Women’s Hockey keeping their playoff hopes alive
The Isles came out strong posting a 2-0 first period lead against Rimouski with goals from Alyson Blanchette and Rosalie Moreau-Lefebvre. After the second period the lead was 3-2 with a goal from Sandrine Hachez. The Pionnières were able to tie the game in third, but after a late penalty expired the Isles kept the advantage and Rosalie potted her second goal of the game. With Rimouski looking for the equalizer to push the game into overtime they took an undisciplined penalty and Sandrine sealed the victory with an empty net goal.
With three games remaining the Isles are now 5 points out of a playoff spot. They will need to win out and get help to catch Lennoxville. The first step will be facing the Cougars this Saturday in Lennoxville.
Swim team getting mixed results
At the league’s 5th meet the men’s team, continued their winning ways putting a lock on the regular season with a 19 point win over Outaouais. The ladies came in second to a dominant Maisonneuve team who ran away with a 138 point win. The combined result puts the Isles in second place only 11 points back of Maisoneuve. This result drops the Isles to second in the overall standings with 2 meets remaining.
Men’s Basketball drop two close games, remain in 3rd place overall.
The Isles had a tough weekend, losing two games by 7 points or less. The first loss came at the hands of the Vanier Cheetahs on Friday night. The game had very few high points for the Isles, but the lowest point of the game was their free-throw shooting where the team shot a dismal 41 percent. The final score was 77-72 for Vanier. Keevon Small had 30 points for the Isles while rookie Dylan Cruickshank added 10 points.
The second lost came on Sunday afternoon against the Montmorency Nomades in Laval. The Isles looked confused and unsure of themselves and fell behind 43-27 in the first half. Things did not get much better at the start of the third, as the Montmorency lead grew to 20 points. The Isles woke up midway in the third to mount a comeback, sending the game into double overtime. In the extra periods the Isles could not keep up with the Nomades and lost 95-88. Daniel Cayer led the Isles with 23 points while Justin Owen-Renwick added 20 points in his first game back this semester.
Women’s Basketball struggles with a slow start
Although Darnelle Noel recorded her first double double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds it was not enough to lift the Isles over the Vanier Cheetahs. The Isles started the game slow resulting in a 6 point deficit after a quarter and a 17 point deficit at the half. The second half saw the Isles keep pace with Vanier but they just could not cut into that big lead, losing 78-61. The Isles will close out the season with two final home games on the next two Friday nights starting with Ste Foy on the 19th of February.
Islander Athletes of the Week:
Maxime Simoneau: with 34 kills, +22 hitting, 48% kill percentage, 6 aces, 92% serving percentage and 11 digs, keeps her team alive for the last playoff spot heading into the final league tournament.
Rosalie Moreau-Lefebvre: with 2 goals including the GWG and an assist over the 4th place Pionnières keeping the Isles playoff hopes alive with 3 games remaining.
John Abbott in Action This week
|Fri., Feb.19, 2016||19h00||Women’s Basketbal vs. Ste-Foy||Casgrain Gyms|
|21h00||Men’s Basketbal vs. Ste-Foy||Casgrain Gyms|
|Sat., Feb.20, 2016||16h00||Women’s Hockey at Lennoxville||Lennoxville|