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Club News Story

Maverick Alumni take center stage at CIS Tournaments.

2013 / 02 / 25

Leading off close to home the Ottawa U Gee Gee's stole back a certain win, beating the York Lions in their own den on Saturday night. The Gee Gee's took an early 2-set lead in the best of 5 affair but the Lions roared back to win sets 3 and 4 convincingly and the Gee Gee's stumbled out of the gate in the 5th as well, trailing by as much as 6-10 in the game to 15. But the U of O gals lead by match MVP and Second team OUA all-star Myriam English bounced back to steal the title in an emotional finish.

Joining English ('10) on the team are her twin sister Kelsie, Stephanie Theiler, Kayla Bell Hammond (All 2010 grads) Katherine Weihrer ('08) Alix Durivage ('11) and Vero Caya (2012).

Also returning to the CIS women's tournament this weekend of Maverick pedigree are Université du Montreal Carrabins standouts Vicky Savard ('11) and Gabrielle Vallé Vachon a team mate of Weihrer under head coach Bill Swyers when the Maverick HP program first took flight.

Finally from the TWU Spartans is Rookie standout Sophie Carpentier who went west after graduation with the 2012 class.

Maverick alumni playing at CIS 2013, from left: Stephanie Theiler, Sophie Carpentier, Kelsie English, Myriam English, Vicky Savard, Gabrielle Vallée-Vachon, Maverick alumni coach Bill Swyers, Alix Durivage, Kathryn Weihrer, Kayla Bell-Hammond, and Veronique Caya.

On the Men's side of the coin, the McMaster Marauders won the OUA mens title in a hard fought battle over the Western Mustangs. The 4 set victory earned Mac the #3 seed at this year's event and leading the way for the Hamilton institution will be Maverick Standout and 2009 National Champion Jori Mantha. Jori was key in the win over the Mustangs (ironically the team name of our 18u boys) and will play in his second tournament in 3 years. Still bearing the brand of the 'Stangs, but in different colours, are team mates Phil James and André Bégin. Both are starting members of the London school and returning for their second straight CIS tournament. Western drew the 7th seed and will face the defending champs TWU. Mac will square off against the Varsity Reds of UNB who sport another Ottawa native Craig Toonders brother of Ryan Toonders on our current 18u team.

Frank Jones is representing the top seeded University of Brandon in his first year at that school after a standout career at Mount Royal College in Alberta. Frank's moved into town for one year and was on the 2008 17U Boys National silver medal winning team.

Waiting in Quebéc City to greet their old team mates will be the brothers Lortie. Jeremie ('09) and Bruno ('12) are integral parts of the machine that is the Laval Rouge et Or  2013 RSEQ Champions.. Laval was also a finalists in the tournament last season and will be a big factor this year as they host the tournament and long to wrestle the honours from the Canada West stranglehold.

A full schedule of the tournaments are available at ( and links to live webcasts can be found at

GO Mavs Go

“ The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.  ”
– Joe Paterno