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Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Better days ahead for Boreal volleyball
by Randy Pascal

While it might not be completely evident just yet, a very young Collège Boréal Vipères men’s volleyball team are sensing some light at the end of the tunnel. The Vipères fell to 0-5 in OCAA league play last weekend, falling 13-25, 12-25, 11-25 to the Redeemer Royals.

Still, third year veteran libero Adam Martelli, one of a very small handful of players on the team with previous post-secondary experience entering the 2017-2018 season, likes what he sees as the squad looks to turn the corner in the new year.

“There is a lot of potential this year,” noted the graduate of Collège Notre-Dame. “The guys are already showing good dedication. The guys all want to play and they are all competing for a spot in the starting lineup.”

“We have to work together as a team, we have to work on communication and forget the little errors, instead of letting them loom.” In fact, in Saturday’s loss, the Boréal lads registered only three less kills than the visitors (19-16), with Justin Lamontagne (5), Michel Ayotte (4) and Nathan Rehner (3) topping the charts for the local crew.

Rookie setter Zach Ducharme was also a defensive catalyst, leading his team with four digs, joining Clayton Geedes in also scoring off a successful block. The Vipères close out a five game home stand this Friday evening battling the Mohawk Mountaineers, with the women starting at 6:00 p.m. and the men commencing their contest at 8:00 p.m.

Coach Jamie Erven and company close out the first half of the schedule with four straight games on the road, visiting southwestern Ontario (Fanshawe/St Clair) on the weekend of November 25th/26th, and making the trek to the GTA (Sheridan/Humber) in early December.

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