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Gaels volleyball teams put up a perfect weekend

Zane Grossinger of Queen's Gaels men's volleyball team
Zane Grossinger of Queen's Gaels men's volleyball team keeps the ball in play during Saturday's game against the Nippising Lakers at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). (Photo by Robin Kasem) 

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

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels men’s volleyball team (6-2) won both their games in four sets, topping the the Nipissing Lakers (3-1) on Sunday 26-24, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-15 and the York Lions (1-3) on Saturday 25-20, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-23.

Against the Lakers, the visitors put up a tough fight early on but the Gaels were able to pull away in the final two sets. Adam Boljkovac finished the match with 14 kills and two aces while Zac Hutcheson contributed 13 kills and an ace.

Versus the Lions at the ARC, Hutcheson led the way with 19 kills and two aces while Zane Grossinger had five blocks to go along with his 45 assists.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels women’s volleyball team (4-4) recorded a pair of four-set wins on the weekend beating the Nipissing Lakers (3-2) 26-24, 25-27, 25-20 and 25-10 on Sunday and the York Lions (4-1) 23-25, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-20.

On Sunday, after splitting a pair of early hard-fought sets, the Gaels were able to pull away from the Lakers. Caroline Livingston fi9nished with 15 kills and Julia Wiercigroch had 13. Danielle Corrigan and Saffron van der Linde had four service aces each.

On Saturday, the Gaels lost the opening set but roared back to take the next three against the Lions. Livingston once again led with 13 kills while Vander Linde had six blocks.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen’s Gaels men's basketball team (4-3) split their weekend games, defeating the Waterloo Warriors (1-7) 83-75 on Saturday, a day after losing 93-65to the Laurier Golden Hawks (4-3).

The highlight of the weekend took place early in Sunday’s game as Tanner Graham surpassed 1,000 points in his Gaels career.

The Gaels went into the half trailing 40-34 and then put up some big points in the third quarter to go ahead and then held onto the lead over the final minute. Jaz Bains led with 22 points and Tanner Graham had 17 points.

On Friday, the Gaels struggled against Laurier, going down 8-0 to open the game and never really got on track. Trailing 59-30 at the break, the Gaels were unable to eat into the lead.

Quinton Gray had 15 points.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen’s Gaels women's basketball team (6-1) scored a pair of wins, defeating the Waterloo Warriors (1-7) 76-52 on Saturday night at the ARC and the Laurier Golden Hawks (2-5) 86-74 on Friday.

The Gaels stormed out to an early 22-13 lead and were able to control the game much of the rest of the way. The Gaels were able to capitalize in transition, scoring 32 points off turnovers and making 10 three-pointers. Leading the way for the Gaels was Marianne Alarie with 24 points and Maddie Morris with 11 rebounds. 

On Friday the Gaels once again grabbed an early lead and went into the half up 54-37. They kept control of the game in the second half for the victory. Alarie led all scorers with 24 points while Veronika Lavergne finished with a double-double scoring 18 and adding 10 rebounds.

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Saturday’s games were a part of ‘Super Saturday’ in support of AMP, the Austism Mentorship Program. A.M.P. pairs up Queen's student-athletes with children aged 6-18 in the Kingston community with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Founded in 2017, by former Gaels Football player, Emilio Frometa, the Autism Mentorship Program facilitates pairings with the goal of improving motor-skills for the children. The program currently has over 40 pairings and looks forward to continuing its growth

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WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The Queen's Gaels (7-4-0-0) earned a split up north as they beat the won 2-1 against the Laurentian Voyageurs (3-4-1-2) on Saturday after losing 2-1 a day earlier against the against the Nipissing Lakers (3-3-4-0).

On Saturday, the Gaels opened the scoring early with Kaylie Dennis and Addi Halladay netted her fourth of the year in the second for a 2-0 lead The Voyageurs scored in the third but Stephanie Pascal would make the lead stand, finishing the game with 29 saves.

On Friday, Abby Lafreniere put the Gaels into the lead but the Lakers would score in the second and third for the win on home ice.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 7 Queen's Gaels (10-3-0) picked up a pair of wins at home, beating the Nipissing Lakers (3-9-0) 7-2 on Saturday and the Laurentian Voyageurs (4-7-0) 3-2 on Friday night.

On Saturday the Gaels, got a pair of goals from Mason Kohn while Slater Doggett, Luke Edwards, Alex Row, Jared Bethune, and Liam Dunda also joined the rout of the Lakers.

Saturday’s game against the Voyageurs was a lot closer as the Gaels battled back from an early 2-0 deficit with goals from Graeme Brown, Ben Fanjoy and Slater Doggett.