Athletes of the Week

Amanda Digel


For Amanda Digel, the Gaels’ win over the Ryerson Rams last Sunday was vital.

“I think that if we needed any win, this was the biggest one for us,” she said.

The Gaels notched their first win of the season after starting off 0-6. Digel led the way with 14 kills and 14 digs, but she said she wasn’t satisfied with her early season performances.

“At the beginning of the season I was making a lot of errors that I shouldn’t have,” she said, adding that she has seen improvement in her performances since. “Hopefully I can just keep building on that.”

Digel has been one of the few bright spots in the Gaels’ winless start to the season. She leads the team in both kills and digs with 86 and 89, respectively. She also currently ranks ninth in Ontario in both points per game and kills. Currently sitting in second last place, the team will have to work hard, though, to rebound from their 1-6 start. That will begin with this Saturday’s match against first-place Toronto, a match Digel said the team isn’t taking lightly, but she’s optimistic.

“If we want to win that game, we’re going to have to play some stellar volleyball,” she said.

“[But] If we play as good as we can, we could definitely take it.”

Mitch Leger


Coming off back-to-back wins and notching an impressive 3-1 start to the season, you wouldn’t expect Gaels leading Gaels scorer Mitch Leger to still be thinking of pre-season performances.

“Our two biggest games were in the pre-season against Cape Breton, and McMaster [in the regular season],” he said, referring to the Gaels’ 72-48 win over the Capers to collect the bronze medal at the
Garland Tournament in New Brunswick.

Leger was named a tournament all-star. McMaster was the first of two teams to fall to the Gaels last week, as Leger scored eight points off the bench in a 75-64 win over last year’s OUA champion.

Queen’s followed that up with a 68-57 victory over Lakehead the next day in which Leger had 14 points
and 10 rebounds. He said the victories against the Capers and the Marauders showed that Queen’s could play with the best of them. “If we play to our potential, we can contend with just about anybody.”

Leger was indispensable through the team’s first three games, leading the team in scoring with 58 points and 28 rebounds. Leger’s 19.3 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game had him close to averaging a double-double.

Going into this weekend’s series against Western and Windsor, Leger believes the Gaels can continue their winning streak. “If we play well, I don’t really see why not,” he said.

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