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Gees volleyball splits weekend series in Southern Ontario

The Gee-Gees women’s volleyball team closed out the first half of their season with two wins to rally from a four-match losing streak. 

A busy break of training paid off for the team in the first of two matches on Jan. 22 and 23. While on the road at Guelph, the Gees swept the Gryphons 3-0 in an impressive start to the second half of the season.

The win was led by fifth-year senior Alix Durivage, who tallied 15.5 points on the night, followed by Kaly Soro with 12.5.

Adding another win to the team’s record helped for confidence but this version of the Gee-Gees are fundamentally different than in the past. After years of being a dominant team on a national level, the Gee-Gees are still adjusting to being a mediocre team with a 7-5 record.

The following evening, the Gees faced a huge test in the sixth-ranked McMaster Marauders.

The Marauders manhandled the Gee-Gees in three consecutive sets, with Ottawa trailing significantly in each.

Durivage continued her excellent play, but as a whole the team struggled to score. The Gees were unable to gain traction on the elite McMaster team in the 3-0 loss.

The Gee-Gees return home on Jan. 30 and 31 to take on the Nippising Lakers and York Lions at Montpetit Hall.


Behind Bouchards, Gee-Gees down #3 McGill at home

Game by game, the Gee-Gees women’s hockey team is getting better and proving that they may not be many steps away from a chase for a national championship.

After a tough shootout loss against Montreal on the road last weekend, the Gees welcomed third-ranked McGill Martlets to the Minto Sports Complex by handing them a 5-3 loss.

Emilie and Melodie Bouchard led the Garnet and Grey, as the two combined for two goals and two assists. Team captain Camille Pauck-Therrien also had a stellar game with a goal and two assists.

The Gees stormed back in the third period with three power play goals to secure the win over one of the best teams in the nation.

In the standings, the Gees have pulled even with the Martlets at nine wins and four losses.  There are six remaining games in the regular season, three of which come against Montreal and McGill, with the others against easier opponents in Carleton and Concordia.

The Gees will hit the ice at the Minto Sports Complex again on Jan. 29 when the Concordia Stingers come to town.