Sports in brief

Men’s volleyball to host national preseason tournament

Canada’s top university volleyball teams will compete at Queen’s next week for the Coast-to-Coast Classic, a prelude to the national championships at Queen’s in March.

Men’s head coach Brenda Willis said the tournament will help prepare her team for the pressures of nationals.

The visiting teams are the University of Alberta Golden Bears, the University of Calgary Dinos, the McMaster Marauders, the University of Montreal Carabins, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the Western Mustangs.

Alberta, Calgary, McMaster and New Brunswick competed at nationals last season.

Two important fifth-year players will be absent next weekend — outside hitter Bryan Fautley has a fractured vertebrae and setter Dan Rosenbaum is out with undiagnosed hip issues.

The Gaels play the Varsity Reds at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14. All games will be played at the ARC.

— Ben Deans

Women’s hockey wins season opener

The women’s hockey team started their season with a 2-1 over the Brock Badgers in St. Catherines on Thursday night.

Winger Alex Cieslowski and centre Morgan McHaffie both scored for the Gaels. Goalkeeper Karissa Savage made 28 saves, with 13 coming in the third period.

The Gaels travel to face the Guelph Gryphons on Friday in a rematch of last season’s OUA finals, which the Gaels won in two games.

— Ben Deans

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