Sports in brief

Volleyball sweeps tournament, awards

The men’s volleyball team returned home from the Toronto Invitational tournament this weekend with an armful of hardware. The Gaels picked up the tournament title and a host of individual awards, with libero Stu Hamilton earning the distinction of tournament MVP, left-side hitter Bryan Fautley claiming the Most Outstanding Player award and middle hitter Michael Amoroso named the tournament’s best blocker. Queen’s beat the Western Mustangs, the Ryerson Rams and the York Lions in the round-robin portion of the tournament before defeating the Windsor Lancers in the first playoff match and the Mustangs in the final. The Gaels continue pre-season play this weekend in Quebec at the Laval Invitational.

- Andrew Bucholtz

Rowing brings home golds

Both Queen’s men’s and women’s coxed fours took home gold this weekend at the Head of Trent regatta in Peterborough.

The men’s team of Mike Smith, Rares Crisan, Nick Pratt, Rob Ballard and Ryan Members, and the women’s team of Ashley Niblett, Kristine Matusiak, Catherine Moores, Charly Thiverge-Lortie and Rebecca McWaters raced the demanding five kilometre course.

In other classes, the Queen’s men’s lightweight eight finished second, the women’s eight finished third, and the men’s double finished second.

- Amrit Ahluwalia

Holtom wins driver title

Third-year chemical engineering student Jamie Holtom became the youngest champion in the history of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Street Tuner Circuit Saturday with a third-place finish Saturday in the Bosch Engineering Twin Six Hours at Virginia International Raceway. Holtom’s 29-point lead heading into the race, the final event of the season, meant that he only needed to finish 25th or higher in order to claim the overall title, but he and co-driver Eric Curran led the race as late as Lap 132 before running into mechanical trouble and falling back two positions. Holtom’s third-place showing was his fifth consecutive podium finish and his ninth top-10 finish in the season’s 10 races. Holtom’s finish also helped to wrap up the team crown for Georgia Bay Motorsports and the manufacturer’s title for Chevrolet.

- Andrew Bucholtz

Field hockey loses thrice

The women’s field hockey team finished their weekend trip to Carleton with one goal in three games, falling 6-1 to the Guelph Gryphons, 1-0 to the York Lions and 3-0 to the Western Mustangs.

The season record for Queen’s field hockey now sits at 1-5-2, and they’re tied for second last in the OUA with McGill.

Maggie Yeomans got the Gaels’ lone goal in the game against York.

The Gaels will face York on Oct. 10, then McGill and Carleton on Oct. 11 in Ottawa.

- Amrit Ahluwalia

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