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Gaels stun No. 6 Marauders in women's volleyball

Gaels Women's Volleyball
Players of the Queen's Gaels women's volleyball team celebrate a point during Sunday's game against the McMaster Marauders. The Gaels knocked off the No. 6 ranked team in the country in straight sets. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

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

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (11-4) swept the No. 6 McMaster Marauders (13-2) in straight sets 25-18, 25-20 and 25-23 on Sunday, handing the powerhouse Marauders their first loss since October.

The Gaels got up early on the Marauders and never let up, with a potent attack and stingy defence throughout.

Shannon Neville had an outstanding match with five aces, 10 kills and 12 digs. Julia Wiercigroch had 12 kills and eight digs.

On Saturday, the Gaels took a four-set battle against the Brock Badgers (4-9) 25-19, 25-16, 17-25 and 25-16.

Queen’s got off to another quick start, with a light stumble in the third set.

Neville finished with 15 kills and four aces. Makayla Keith added five aces.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (6-8) lost to the No. 6 McMaster Marauders (12-1) in four sets on Sunday afternoon 25-19, 22-25, 15-15 and 13-25.

The hosts took the first set but the Marauders roared back to take control of the match over the final three set.

Mitchell Neuert had 14 kills while Markus Trence had 12.

On Saturday, the Gaels lost a tough five-set match against the Brock Badgers (4-9) 25-18, 26-28, 25-22, 19-25 and 17-19.

Trence had an outstanding game, leading the Gaels with 17 kills, two aces, four blocks and 12 digs.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels (18-5-3) continued their wild week with a crazy come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory over the Carleton Ravens (16-6-4) on Saturday night.

Just two days after winning a barn-burner against RMC in the Carr-Harris Cup, the Gaels were able to tie the game late against the Ravens and pull out the victory in the extra frame. Slater Doggett played the role of hero by not only tying the game with one second left but also scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Gaels home with their sixth straight victory.

Luke Edwards and Darcy Greenaway put the Gaels up early but the Ravens would move ahead 3-2 in the third period. In the dying seconds, Doggett was able to beat a defender to the net and get a shot off to beat Ravens goalie Francois Brassard with one second remaining on the clock.Just over a minute into overtime Doggett scored his 17th goal of the season. The win puts the Gaels in the driver's seat for the second seed in the OUA East standings, sitting three points ahead of Carleton. Kevin Bailie picked up the win in net for the Gaels, making 31 saves.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 7 Queen’s Gaels (13-3-3-3) saw their three-game shutout win streak snapped in a 4-1 loss to the Waterloo Warriors (8-3-9-0) on Saturday.

It was senior night for the Gaels as the graduating class – Claire Warren, Amber Sealey, Emily Gervais, Micaela Smith, Clare McKellar and Jessica Wakefield – was honoured prior to puck drop.

Emily Gervais scored the lone goal for the Gaels.

On Friday, the scored a 3-0 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks (2-1-13-3)

Michele Knecht opened the scoring early and Abby Lafreniere doubled the lead in the second period. Knecht added an empty-netter for her second of the game. Mackenzy Aresenault made 22 saves for the shutout win.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The No. 8 Queen’s Gaels (16-3) stretched their win streak to five with a big 73-53 victory over the York Lions (10-9) on the road Friday night.

The Gaels got off to a slow start and were trailing 20-9 after the first quarter. But the team would find their groove in the second and went into the break leading 53-43.

The Lions couldn’t muster much of a counter in the second half and the Gaels cruied the rest of the way for the 20-point win.

Abby Dixon and Veronika Lavergne finished with 16 points each while Sophie de Goede recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (11-8) defeated the York Lions (2-17) 93-68 on the road with veteran Jesse Graham scoring a career-best 26 points.

The Gaels got off to a strong start and were ahead 25-9 after the first quarter on the strength of 10 points from Graham. 

The Gaels kept up the pressure on both ends of the court heading into the second half and played it safe in the final quarter, maintaining a healthy lead.

Tanner Graham had 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.