Men’s Volleyball book their ticket to regionals
The Isles came out strong with 3 straight set victories over Montmorency (25-19, 25-22), Edouard Montpetit (30-28, 25-22) and Lionel Groulx (25-21, 25-18). In the final match they pushed 1st overall St Jerome to 3 sets losing 19-25, 25-18, 12-15. This result guarantees the Isles to be in the 4 vs 5 game at regionals. The final seeding will depend on the results of the last league tournament on March 13th.
Offensively the Isles were paced by rookie Justin Pemberton and his “sore shoulder” with 35 kills. This brings his season total to 135, setting the rookie kills record previously held by former Islander and U of M Carabin Cedrick Brossard at 120. Other key contributors were Markus Nitka with 13 kills and an impressive 2.33 serve receive ratio (78%) and captain Jonny Diamond with 19 kills. Setter Simon Dufour also set the rookie ace record with 20 on the year, surpassing Brandon Adaskiewicz’s mark of 16 set in 2011.
What is more impressive is that the Isles were able to perform so well no matter who was on the court. All 11 players saw significant court time and contributed to the team’s overall success. In the next month, three weeks of prep for the last regular season tournament followed by regionals the week after (March 20th) at Edouard Montpetit.
Women’s Hockey one step closer to the playoffs
The Isles were facing the Champlain Lennoxville Cougars in a do or die game in order to make the playoffs. After one period they outshot the other team 10 to 4 but the score remained 0-0. In the second period the Isles could not capitalize on a 5 on 3 and the score remained 0-0 while again outshooting the cougars 15-4. Coming out in the third period with a lot of energy the Isles scored back to back goals. The first goal was unassisted by Sarah Eve Mailhot followed by a goal from Alyson Blanchette assisted by Kate Ward and Chloe Beaulieu. With less than 3 minutes left in the game, the Cougars scored on a 6 on 4 to narrow the gap to 1 goal. The Isles kept working hard and scored an empty net goal 40 seconds later, the goal was Mailhot’s second of the game assisted by Jessica Bouchard. The team is still in the race for the playoffs needing two more wins.
With two games remaining the Isles are now 3 points out of a playoff spot. They could finish as high as 7th as both André Laurendeau and Lennoxville are within reach. Next up is a trip to Lionel Groulx on Sunday at 12h30.
Men’s Basketball lose in the dying seconds
With Ste Foy out of the playoffs the Isles did not seem to take the game seriously as the Dynamiques jumped out to a 26-11 first quarter lead. By halftime the Isles were able to cut the deficit down to 7 points. The Isles continued to chip away shrinking the Ste Foy lead to 6 points after the third quarter. In the final period the Isles fought all the way back to take the lead 73-72 off a basket from Keevon Small with 3 seconds remaining. Off the following in-bound play the Isles took a chippy foul with 1.2 seconds left. The Ste Foy point guard was able to make his two shots to retake the lead 74-73. The Isles had one last attempt but the shot did not fall.
The Isles now drop to 4th overall. With one game remaining this week vs Dawson, the Isles can secure a home quarter final game with a win or with a Vanier and Edouard Montpetit loss.
Women’s Basketball could not sustain their great start
The women’s basketball team played their best basketball of the season in the first half of Friday’s RSEQ contest with the Ste-Foy Dynamiques but foul trouble and fatigue took its toll in the second half as they lost 69-41. The Islanders trailed 26-23 at halftime, but the visitors started the second half with a 13-0 run en route to a double-digit victory. The Isles made a spirited comeback early in the fourth quarter but couldn’t maintain their intensity over the final five minutes of play. Annie Pollender had 17 points while Sydney Netto added 10.
Islander Athletes of the Week:
Justin Pemberton: with 35 kills, +25 rating, 3 aces and 1.76 srr he helped secure a playoff berth for the men’s volleyball Isles for the first time in 3 years.
John Abbott in Action This week
|Fri., Feb.26, 2016||18h30||Women’s Basketbal vs. Dawson||Casgrain Gyms|
|19h30||SWIM at Vieux Montreal||Vieux Montreal|
|20h30||Men’s Basketbal vs. Dawson||Casgrain Gyms|
|Sat., Feb.27, 2016||TBD||Cheerleading at UQAM||UQAM|
|Sun., Feb.28, 2016||12h30||Women’s Hockey at Lionel Groulx||Lionel Groulx|