Volleyball: a major addition to the Rouge et Or

Volleyball: a major addition to the Rouge et Or


Laval University's volleyball program got a big surprise in early June when star setter Charles St-Aubin confirmed his arrival with the Rouge et Or.

In November 2020, the Limoilou Titans product signed with the Alberta Golden Bears and was scheduled to begin his college career in September 2021. 

St-Aubin experienced two disappointments before deciding to join the Rouge et Or, which was his only choice if he stayed in Quebec.

“I was not admitted to Alberta l last year, he said. The admissions department misunderstood some terms on my transcript and my grade point average really went down. I had received a first refusal for my entry in the fall of 2021 due to an error in my portfolio. I was tired and decided to stay in Quebec. »

St-Aubin took advantage of these refusals to enjoy a superb season with the Titans, a campaign that was crowned at home by winning the silver medal at the Canadian championship.

“This past season was one of the best of my career,” said the RSEQ MVP. Due to the pandemic, I lost the chance to play the national in Limoilou in 2021 and my refusal in Alberta allowed me to have this chance again. There were plenty of young players and I was able to assume a lot of leadership. After a disappointing third place in the provincial championship, my college career ended well with silver at the national level. »

“A generational setter”

Rouge et Or head coach Gino Brousseau is thrilled by the arrival of the setter from Joliette.  

“Charles is a generational passer,” said the double Olympian. There are not many smugglers like him who come out in Quebec. We will give him the time, but he has all the assets to do great things. His presence will also encourage attackers to opt for the Rouge et Or in the future.

Although he initially opted for Alberta because, he said, of a higher level of competition, St-Aubin is confident that the RSEQ will offer a higher level. “It has been a long time since the caliber of the RSEQ has been so strong and competitive. Gino has a lot of experience and he can help me in my development. I'm not worried. »

St-Aubin went under the knife on August 7. “In my summer job, I was washing windows,” he said. The ladder slipped, I fell and broke my wrist. I'm early, but I don't want to rush anything. I'll wait until I'm 100 percent to get back to the game.”

Transition year

Despite the departure of three starters, including MVP Ludovic Martin, Brousseau refuses to talk about a year of reconstruction. “We still have a good experienced core. Our focus will be on the progress and not the result. We want to win every point, every set and every game.

Star Libero, Rémi Cadoret has also completed his university career, but he will remain with the team as an assistant coach. The other big chunk who left is Alexandre Obomsawin.

Olivier Faucher well in the saddle

The head coach of the Rouge et Or women's volleyball team, Olivier Faucher, will experience a less incredible start to the season than last year.

Hired at the end of August after the departure unexpected from Danny Da Costa during the summer period, Faucher is now well in the saddle. 

“I know the girls now, he underlined, sketching a smile. I'm leaving with a head start. »

Faucher must, however, deal with the departure of four starters. “It will be up to the youngest to take over, he summed up. I still foresee a heated fight at the top of the table. The goal is to finish in the top to qualify for the playoffs and play for the RSEQ title. »

If he has lost a few key elements, Faucher can count on the return of the setter Émie Gaboury, who is back for a 5th season after a year away from the pitch. 

“She will need a period of adaptation to find her bearings, but I expect her to be an important part of our line-up, mentioned Faucher. I expect her to take pole quickly. »

New position

Élizabeth Cavan, who had dislodged Gaboury from her starting position in 2020, has completed her university career.

< p>One of only two returning starters, powerhouse Justine Raymond has been moved to the forward position. “It's a good change, but I'm fueled by challenges,” she said. Last year, my challenge was to earn a starting spot and this year, it's the change of position. I will touch the ball more often and it is interesting. It is a process and I will be patient.

A member of the powerful Élans de Garneau team that won silver at the Canadian Collegiate Championship in March 2020, during the last event before the cessation of activities due to COVID-19, Raymond and four of her former teammates will form the nucleus of the Rouge et Or.


“There are three of these girls who will be starting and can -be a fourth, said Faucher. The fifth will also see ground. They are part of the core here. ”

Raymond wants to relive strong moments with her friends. . We want to share these highlights with the other girls on the team. Despite the departure of four starters, there is still leadership. I am not worried. »