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Gaels blank Excalibur in women’s volleyball

Queen's Gaels women's volleyball compete against Trent
Nicola Ros, centre, and Makayla Keith, right, of the Queen's Gaels attempt to block Genna Saunders of the Trent Excalibur during Sunday's OUA women's volleyball match at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

A quick roundup of Queen’s Gaels teams in action over the weekend:

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels (8-3) beat the Trent Excalibur (0-10) in straight sets on Sunday and remain second in the OUA East standings. The Gaels took each set convincingly 25-15, 25-19 and 25-15.
 
Shannon Neville finished with 16 kills, an ace and a block while Makayla Keith put up an impressive seven blocks to go along with five kills and two aces.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels (5-5) were able to snap a five-game losing streak as they returned home to the ARC for the first time since November to defeat the Trent Excalibur (0-9) in four sets 25-21, 25-13, 24-26 and 25-14.

Joel Rudd finished with 12 kills and three aces while Markus Trence had a solid game with 10 kills, four aces, and three blocks. Zane Grossinger added 42 assists.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The No  9. Queen's Gaels (13-3) finished off a 2-0 weekend in Toronto with a 74-66 win over the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (5-11) on Saturday.

The Gaels opened the game strong and at the half had a 43-34 lead. The Gaels widened the gap early in the third but Toronto rallied to keep the game close. However, the Gaels controlled the ball in the fourth quarter to close out the game.

Marianne Alarie led the way with 20 points while Andrea Priamo finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

On Friday the Gaels topped the Ryerson Rams (10-6) by a score of 71-65.

The Gaels stormed out to a 23-6 lead early with some big defence keeping the Rams at bay. The Gaels went into the break up 31-19 and kept a healthy lead into the final quarter. The Rams closed the gap but the Gaels kept control through to the final whistle.

Veronika Lavergne scored 17 points while Priamo and Abby Dixon added 12 points each.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen's Gaels (9-7) lost 74-64 to a tough University of Toronto Varsity Blues (9-7) team on Saturday after leading for much of the game.

The game was close throughout and the Gaels went into the final quarter leading 53-51. However, the home side was able to pull away on a 7-2 run to start the quarter, and held on to the momentum the rest of the way.

Jaz Bains and Matt Elcock both had 17 points.

On Friday, the Gaels gave a tough Ryerson Rams (11-5) team a run but eventually tumbled 94-81.

After the Rams jumped out to a 30-14 lead after the first quarter, the Gaels put up some solid defence and went into the half with a 42-40 lead.

After the break the teams stayed even but the Rams were able to find another gear in the fourth quarter to clinch the win.

Tanner Graham was the leading scorer for the Gaels with 24 points and Bains had 20.

MEN’S HOCKEY

Goalie Kevin Bailie earned his 50th career regular season win in style on Saturday night with a 4-0 shutout as the Queen's Gaels (15-5-3) defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs (5-15-1). 

Bailie made 26 saves on the night as the Gaels started strong and were able to shut down the Voyageurs attack all night long. Ryan Bloom and Warren Steele both scored on the power play in the first period with Luke Edwards and Alex Stothart rounding out the scoring with markers in the second and third period, respectively.

On Friday, the Gaels held on in the final moments to preserve a 4-3 win over the Nipissing Lakers (8-11-2).

The Lakers mounted a furious rally in the final minutes of the game, but the Gaels held on to skate away with two valuable points. Slater Doggett set a new career high in assists with four to lead the Gaels attack while also tying his career best for points in a game.

Edwards, Bloom, Eric Ming and Steele scored for the Gaels. Jacob Brennan made 21 saves for the win.

Prior to puck drop, Gaels forward Darcy Greenaway was honoured as this year's Murray Douglas Scholarship recipient.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 8 Queen’s Gaels (10-3-2-3) suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Western Mustangs (10-2-5-2) on Sunday.

It was Kingston Ice Wolves appreciation day and hundreds of players from the Greater Kingston Girls Hockey Association were on hand for the game.

The Gaels outshot the Mustangs 25-24 but were unable to solve Western goalie Carmen Lasis.

On Saturday, the Gaels used a balanced effort that saw six different players find the back of the net for an 8-1 win over the Windsor Lancers (2-1-14-2).

Katrina Manoukarakis and Emily Gervais both scored twice to lead the Gaels while the other goals came from Devon Greenough, Clare McKellar, Hailey Wilson and Brigid Goris.