In an upbeat atmosphere at Laval University, the Rouge et Or snatched the win in the quarter-finals of the Canadian championship on Friday night in five sets. He passes in semifinal Saturday against Trinity Western.
With more than 2,500 spectators gathered in the PEPS amphitheater, some very noisy, the Rouge et Or and the Queen’s University Gaels (Kingston, Ont.) Had a strong first-round match. A confrontation of all the moments where the darlings of the crowd were the most effective, especially at the end of the heats, to win 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25 and 15-12.
“I’m very relieved!” Said UL head coach Clement Clement after the victory. “Gino [Brousseau, the assistant coach] and I, we took a shot of old! I think we have the balls hanging … because it takes balls to return as we have done a few times, including the third set, “said Clément, an ace of the formula-shock.
“It is true that there were many expectations, with the crowd and everything, but we won and that’s all that matters,” said the star striker Vicente Parraguirre. “I’m happy for that and we move on to the next one. From tonight, we will analyze our opponents tomorrow, “continued the author of 22 kills, a summit in the meeting.
The Rouge et Or is measured Saturday (8 pm) at the Trinity Western Spartans (Langley, BC), the tournament’s second favorites and Friday 3-1 winners of the McMaster Marauders. Trinity Western was a Canadian champion two years ago and a finalist last year.
A circuit in relief
Player of the match in the winning camp, the smuggler Ludovic Martin entered the game to revive the attack. “Ludo came in as a specialist and he gave us a good lesson. He scored when it was time to score! And that’s also what we did in the fifth inning, with a success rate of 50% against 28% for them, “Clément analyzed.
The pilot compared Martin to “a reliever [in baseball] who enters the match in the seventh inning and puts the other edge of the fence.”
As for the magic that seems to have once again carried his team as in 2013, during the last presentation of the Canadian championship in Quebec City where his troupe had won the highest honors, the coach wanted to clarify that he believes “more to ‘group energy than magic’.
“And I warned them against being blinded by the friendship in our team. We have a great team, we said it all year long. But volleyball is not about friendship, it’s about points. And that’s what we had tonight, “says Clement.
The other semi-final (18h) is against the Brandon Bobcats, a top-seeded team in the tournament, who eliminated the Montreal Carabins 3-0 in the first round, against the Alberta Golden Bears (Edmonton), ranked fifth in the quarter-finals. the dawn of the championship. The final is Sunday (16h).