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PREVIEW: Fight to the Finish in Final Weekend for Gee-Gees

Thursday February 16, 2017
Volleyball playing jumping at the net attacking.
Photo: 
Greg Mason

GAME INFO:

Ottawa (9-9) at Laval (9-9)
Saturday, February 18
6 p.m.  

Ottawa (9-9) at Laval (9-9)
Sunday, February 19
2 p.m.

The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s volleyball team concludes the regular season this weekend on the road. The team will spend the last two games in Laval battling for a position in the playoffs against the Rouge et Or.

The Gee-Gees go into the matches after a huge final weekend at home where they defeated both the UQAM Citadins and the first place Montreal Carabins. This weekend will have a different atmosphere, however, since they will be on the road. “I think that the biggest challenge this weekend for us is the fact that we are in their gym for both of the games,” explained Ottawa setter Kira Tome, who leads the RSEQ conference in assists per set with 9.04 and was one of the uOttawa athletes of the week for her performance last weekend. “We created a great environment as a team last weekend in our home gym. Now we have to go to another gym for two critical games and recreate that environment.”

These two matches are very important for the Ottawa team which is currently tied for second with Laval, Sherbrooke and McGill with only three playoff positions available for the four teams. The Gee-Gees will need at least one win if the other matches across the conference result in their favour. 

"It’s an exciting weekend!” commented Tome. “We proved last weekend, mainly to ourselves, that we can play together for a whole weekend and we can be a team and compete with the same atmosphere and environment whether we are down 13-4 or up 20-15. That is our biggest focus. We want to ensure that come Saturday and Sunday that we go into those games with that connected feeling and play for each other no matter what happens.”

Ottawa holds a 1-1 record against the Laval Rouge et Or after their meeting of back-to-back games hosted by the Gee-Gees in November.