Lhe confrontation between the Rouge et Or and the Carabins was exciting, Laval winning in the women’s and men’s doubles matches, while Montreal emerged victorious in the mixed doubles and the men’s singles match.
Neglected at the start of the final, Étienne Couture’s troupe put on a good figure by multiplying their performances. For the coach, there is no question of having his head bowed in front of such results.
“I am extremely proud of the team because I have seen how far it has come. To give yourself such a good chance and come so close [de l’emporter], it cannot be anything other than a success for the team, ”said Couture in an interview with The sun.
Far from wanting to minimize the disappointment of the loss, the coach believes the team has every reason to be optimistic for the next season.
The good performances of his players were unfortunately not enough to slow down their opponents, who, according to Étienne Couture, enjoyed considerable depth in terms of talent.
“For the team component, depth was the determining factor. This ability to be able to count on 3-4 impact players was stronger with the opponent, ”explains the coach, who recalled that the Rouge et Or experienced a change of guard in its workforce this season.
The best to come
If there are two players whose performances were scrutinized, Sunday, it was certainly Béatrice Guay and Mathieu Morneau.
Pillars of the Rouge et Or team, they had particular pressure on their shoulders for Laval to gain points in the mixed final and individual matches.
In the women’s singles final, Béatrice Guay took on Camille Leblanc of UQAM. The second-year, however, suffered the loss in two sets of 21-9 and 21-13.
On the men’s side, first-year Mathieu Morneau faced Anthony Nguyen, number one on the RSEQ circuit, in the final. The Laval resident had some good times, but fatigue caught up with him and he lost 21-17 and 21-11.
Although the two failed to grab the top honors, Étienne Couture says fans have not finished being impressed by these players, whom he describes as “exceptional”.
“They are more than extraordinary players, they are extraordinary people. They will have the opportunity to come back. They are players around whom we can build something solid and enriching. ”
The Carabins therefore won three of the five finals (mixed doubles, men’s doubles, men’s singles). The Université du Québec à Montréal (women’s singles) and McGill University (women’s doubles) each have one victory.