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December 6, 2005

Source: National Theatre School of Canada:

Lakers tame Cougars

The Nipissing University Lady Lakers finished the first half of their regular season with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-13) sweep of the Sault College Cougars Friday, in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association volleyball action. The Lakers head into the holiday season with a 7-1 record and sit atop the Central-West division standings with the Humber Hawks, who have one game in hand. The Lakers' strong first-half has the team ranked second in the province and eighth in the country.

"We are where we want to be at this time," said assistant coach Tyler Landry. "The girls are improving their mental toughness and view each game as a learning experience."

Stacey breaks second record in as many weeks

In Fridayís match Megan Stacey broke the all-time career kill record set by Clair Bramma in the third set as she collected her 12th kill of the match. Stacey would add two more kills to finish the match with 14 kills, one block and two aces. Bramma accumulated 587 kills during her career (99-02). Stacey now stands at 589 kills with six regular season matches remaining to complete her third year of eligibility. Stefanie Hancock added six kills and one ace while Carrie Baldwin added two kills and three aces to round out the Lakers offense.

When asked about her record breaking performance Stacey said, "Individual accomplishments are in themselves rewarding, however, we as a team have many goals we are chasing and it will be the success of achieving these goals that will be the ultimate victory."

The Lakers will be practicing until December 15 before breaking for the holiday. The team is scheduled to return in early January for the Durham College Killer Instinct Cup that will take place January 6 and 7 in Oshawa, ON.

"Completing the first half of the season with a 7-1 record is a great accomplishment." said Lady Lakers left-side Carrie Baldwin. "We will continue to build on our goals in January. The season is only beginning and we are prepared for the challenge."

"We are very proud of the teamís accomplishments to date," said head coach Marc LaRochelle. "We also realize that we have a lot of work ahead of us. We are very focused on what we need to do and we understand that we must strive to get better every time we step on the court whether itís a practice, game or tournament."



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