OCAA Volleyball - Lakers take care of Saints

Monday, November 19, 2012   by: Chris DawsonThe Nipissing Lakers women’s volleyball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3-1 (25-7, 25-15, 24-26,25-18) victory over the visiting St. Clair Saints (1-5).

“I thought we got off to a great start,” said coach Marc LaRochelle. “We also got complacent after that and we certainly did not execute to the level we are capable of. The challenge for us right now is to stay focused for an entire match rather than one or two sets.”

Christina Caruso led the Lakers offence with 18 points on 13 kills and 5 aces followed by Brittany Ardron with 16 points. The Lakers for the second consecutive game served very well getting 18 aces in the process.

Fourth year Libero Tressa Vancoillie was named the Boston Pizza Player of the Game.

The Lakers will be back in action Wednesday as they host their cross campus rival the Canadore Panthers begin at 6 p.m.

Men's Volleyball - Lakers slip by Saints

It has been a roller coaster weekend for the Lakers men’s volleyball team who have come down from a huge high reached only a week ago.

What a difference a week makes from a historic number one ranking in Canada to suffering their first loss of the season yesterday. Today the Lakers would face a tough test. First of all this would be a bounce back game however the task would not be easy as a much improved St. Clair Saints team visited the Surtees Gym.

As predicted this was a very entertaining match that featured some great volleyball and in the end the Lakers edged the Saints 3-2 (25-14, 20-25, 29-27, 23-25, 15-9) to improve to 4-1 on the season while the Saints drop to 2-3.

Andre Leblanc was named the Boston Pizza Player of the Game for his solid performance. Leblanc led the Lakers offence with 24 point on 18 kills, 3 aces and 3 blocks while teammate Scott Coulthard added 20 points.

“We are not a good enough team to go into a West Division match playing below average volleyball,” said Head Coach Eric Yung. “This was a good wake-up call for us.”

Yung has a valid point as the OCAA West Division is very strong and it will be a battle day in day out for playoff berths.

The Lakers will be back in action Wednesday as they host the Battle of the Bay as their cross campus rivals the Canadore Panthers visit the Surtees gym at 8 p.m.

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