Volleyball in brief

Both volleyball teams finish OUA regular season in fourth place

Women stumble into playoffs

The women closed out their regular season this weekend with two losses, dropping them to a fourth-place finish in the OUA.

The Gaels (12-6) couldn’t take a set from the Toronto Varsity Blues (11-7) on Saturday, even with narrow scoring margins.

Queen’s lost the first set by two points despite a higher kill percentage and fewer errors than the Blues.

The next two sets were close at 25-21 and 25-22, but the Gaels couldn’t take control and ended up being swept.

The Gaels fell 3-1 on Sunday to the streaking Ryerson Rams (14-4), who capped off the season with their seventh straight victory.

Queen’s took a tight first set 30-28, but couldn’t keep up the momentum. The Gaels consistently fell behind to start sets after the first, including a 13-0 fourth-set deficit that culminated in a 25-12 defeat.

They’ll host 5th-seeded Toronto in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.

— Lauri Kytömaa

Men snag home court

The men did just enough this weekend to seal a first-round home game.

The Gaels (11-7) finished their season with a two-game road trip, needing one win to fend off the surging York Lions (10-8) for fourth place in the OUA.

Queen’s defeated the Toronto Varsity Blues 3-1 on Saturday, despite a slow start. After losing the first set handily, Queen’s rallied around middle Scott Brunet, who recorded eight blocks to help lead the team to victory.

The win locked up fourth place in the OUA for the young Gaels, whose goal at the start of the season was to merely make the playoffs.

Sunday’s season finale against the Ryerson Rams saw Queen’s give several young players extended court time, with Ryerson prevailing 3-0.

The Gaels will play host to York on Saturday at the ARC in the first round of the playoffs. Queen’s topped the Lions 3-0 at home on Feb. 2.

— Sean Liebich

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