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McGill Redmen down Sherbrooke to snap dubious volleyball losing streak

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SHERBROOKE, Que. - The longest losing streak in Quebec volleyball history is over.

The McGill Redmen men's squad earned a 3-1 (25-14, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20) upset win over Sherbrooke on Saturday to snap its dubious 85-match losing streak to Quebec league opponents. McGill's last league victory was a 3-2 decision here Jan. 18, 2002.

However, it hasn't been all doom and gloom for the Redmen, who've managed to win 10 regular-season matches over that span. But those victories have always come in interlocking play against Atlantic conference teams.

"It was a great team victory for us," said McGill coach Simon Berleur, a former national team player. "It has taken a long time but we have progressed a lot, especially this year where you could see the improvement game by game.

"I dedicate this victory to all the staff at McGill who have been very supportive. We have worked hard to get to this point but the intercollegiate and admissions offices have been there for us and we are very thankful for that."

Power-hitter Matthew Mosseler led the way for McGill with a team-record 18 kills and nine digs. Newcomer Serhiy Kisyuk of Ukraine added 16 kills and 12 digs for the winners.

"It was a total team effort, from the starters to the guys on the bench," said Berleur. "We all came together to achieve a huge moment for this program, one that we can build on."

McGill (3-7) is last in the four-team Quebec Conference but is just four points behind Montreal (5-5) and Sherbrooke (5-5) with eight games to play.

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