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Volleyball teams earn weekend sweeps

[Mario Dakic]
Mario Dakic celebrates a point during the Queen's Gaels win over the York Lions Friday in OUA men's volleyball play. (Photo by Cory Leblanc)

Men’s Volleyball

The No. 8 Queen’s Gaels men’s volleyball team (10-3) put in a dominating performance at home this weekend with a pair of straight-set victories.

On Saturday, the Gaels beat the Nipissing Lakers (5-10) in three sets 25-19, 25-21, 25-23. Mike Tomlinson led the charge with 16 kills, while Scott Brunet added 10 kills and a service ace.

On Friday, the Gaels had to battle hard but still swept the York Lions (6-7) with scores of 25-20, 26-24, 25-20. Tomlinson finished with 13 kills and six digs. Marko Dakic added 11 kills and seven digs.

Women’s Volleyball

The Queen’s Gaels women’s volleyball team (8-5) finished the weekend with a pair of victories.

On Saturday, the Gaels won in three sets 25-11, 25-23, 25-18 over the Nipissing Lakers (2-11). Shannon Neville had a huge match with 12 kills, 10 digs and two service aces while Becky Wilson added 20 digs.

On Friday, the Gaels trumped the York Lions (4-8) in four sets, 25-15, 24-26, 25-14, 25-20. Shannon Hopkins had a game-high 16 kills with 13 digs while Makayla Keith added 13 kills, seven digs and three service aces.

Women’s Hockey

The Queen's Gaels women's hockey team (9-1-4-2) snapped its three-game losing streak on Saturday evening at the Memorial Centre, using three first period goals, to defeat the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (7-1-7-2) 5-2.

Kyla Crouse, Katrina Manoukarakis and Taryn Pilon gave the Gaels the early lead and Micaela Smith and Courtenay Jacklin rounded out the scoring. Caitlyn Lahonen made 24 saves.

On Friday, the Gaels fell 3-1 to the Waterloo Warriors with Emily Jukosky netting the lone goal. Lahonen made 26 saves.

Men’s Hockey

The Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team (13-6-1) earned a pair of wins as they headed north for the weekend.

On Saturday, the Gaels beat the Nipissing Lakers (8-11-3) by a score of 3-1. Eric Ming led the way with a pair of goals and Patrick McGillis also got on the scoresheet. Kevin Bailie made 31 stops for the win.

On Friday, the Gaels topped the Laurentian Voyageurs (7-11-4) with a 3-2 comeback win. Darcy Greenaway netted the winner in the third period following goals from Ryan Bloom and McGillis.

Women’s Basketball

The Queen's Gaels women's basketball team (9-1) stretched its season-best winning streak to five games on Saturday afternoon, defeating the York Lions (2-8) 87-75. Seven Gaels scored 10 or more points, topped by another impressive performance by Robyn Pearson who picked up a game-high 15 points along with eight rebounds.

Jenny Wright added 13 points and seven rebounds while Marianne Alarie had 12 points and Myriam Fonatine  finished with 11 points. The win keeps the Gaels atop of the OUA East division.

Men’s Basketball

Sukhpreet Singh recorded a game-high 22 points as the Queen's Gaels men's basketball team (7-3) picked up their first win of 2016, slipping past the York Lions (3-7) 62-59 in Toronto, Saturday afternoon. Ryall Stroud added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.