Team Gets First Gold to Cap Off Successful Year
The Champlain Cavaliers once again took advantage of playing on their home courts as the Badminton team captured their first-ever regional title last Sunday. The Cavaliers, who went 18-2 during the regular season, good for first place and the regular-season title, lost their last set of games on November 20th, 2021. Since that 3-point loss to Édouard-Montpetit, the Cavaliers went undefeated, closing out the season with 1758 points and a 91.6% points average.
Their finish gave the Cavaliers the top spot and draw in the RSEQ Sud-Ouest D2 Regional Championships that were being hosted by the Cavaliers. The team was looking forward to being able to play these playoffs on their home court after they were postponed back in March of 2020 due to the pandemic.
The road to gold began with the #1 Cavaliers going up against #5 Dawson. In a somewhat lopsided series, the Cavaliers won 96-34 taking all 8 matches and the maximum 96 points. Their next opponent in round-robin play was #4 Brébeuf. While Brébeuf managed to take a match in Women’s Singles and a match in Women’s Doubles, the Cavaliers prevailed in the rest of the competition and took the remaining six matches, resulting in an 83-52 win and the first place spot in their pool. This assured them a place in the gold medal game and a chance to at least repeat their best finish to date, their silver medal from 2019.
The final saw the Cavaliers go up against South-Shore rival, Édouard-Montpetit, one of the only teams that had defeated the Cavaliers earlier in the season. Never losing a step, the team continued its relentless pursuit of the title. The Cavs took 6 of 8 matches convincingly, racking up 87 points to Édouard’s 55, and with that their first team gold medal and championship banner.
The gold medal finds its place alongside the Regional silver medal from 2019 and the Regional bronze medal that the team won in 2013.
Germain Headed to Provincials
Cavalier Nicolas Germain won a bronze medal at last weekend’s Regional Individual Championships and has qualified for the Individual Provincial Men’s Singles Championship in Sherbrooke on April 9th. Germain won his first two matches, knocking out opponents from Outaouais and Abitibi before losing in the semi-finals. Bouncing back from his loss, Nicolas downed Émile Fortin from Outaouais in the bronze medal final, winning Champlain Saint-Lambert’s first-ever medal in the individual’s competition.
Best of luck to Nicolas and congratulations to everyone on the team for their hard work and dedication to the program!