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Gees steadily beat Queen’s, RMC on route to playoffs

Photo credit: Marta Keirkus 

The Gee-Gees women’s volleyball team was able to nail down two more wins against the Queen’s Gaels and the Royal Military College Paladins (RMC) as they head into playoffs. The wins continued the Gee-Gees’ January winning streak that gives them some good momentum for the playoffs.

With six straight victories and an undefeated month, Ottawa has peaked at the right time. On home court, the Gees beat an impressive Gaels squad to bring their record to 13-3. The win solidified their second-place ranking while pushing Queen’s to fourth in the Ontario University Athletics East division, giving them a slim chance of making the playoffs.

Alix Durivage and Myriam English led the women to victory, scoring 14 and 15 points, respectively. Senior middle Durivage had a season-high game with six service aces to go along with two blocks and seven kills.

“Alix has been ready to have a game like that all season,” said head coach Lionel Woods. With chemistry being such an integral part of the starting six, Woods said that’s the key to the Gee-Gees’ success. “We’ve been building our rhythm all month, and there is just so much comfort there with the starting six,” he said.

The Gees then easily dismantled the RMC Paladins, ending with a 14-3 regular season record. The perennially stronger Gee-Gees were able to capitalize, despite a third set charge from RMC. The Paladins were not ready to roll over in the final set, with the Gee-Gees lead cut to one with two points to go. But in crunch time, the Gees were able to regroup to score two points to finish the game.

The Gee-Gees are set to play the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Feb. 7 in Toronto for the first game of the playoffs.