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This past weeks basketball and volleyball recaps

Robyn Pearson currently sits at first in the OUA in rebounds.
Robyn Pearson currently sits at first in the OUA in rebounds.
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This past weeks basketball and volleyball recaps:

Singh dominates the Lions 
After dropping two games last weekend, the men’s basketball team looked to bounce back against the York Lions on the road.
The Gaels battled back and forth with the Lions, with no team grabbing more than a seven-point lead.
The defining moment in the low-scoring game came from guard Sukhpreet Singh. The fourth year scored eight-straight points for the Gaels down the stretch, leading the way with 22 points. It was the sixth time this season that Singh has scored more than 20 points in a game.
In a switch from years past, the Gaels have continued their focus on defence, holding the Lions to 34 per cent from the field and 14 per cent from downtown. Big men Ryall Stroud and Mike Shoveller protected the rim, recording all three of the Gaels blocks.
Two free throws down the stretch from Mark Paclibar iced the game, with the Gaels winning 62-59.
With the win, the Gaels held onto second in the OUA East, two points behind the Ryerson Rams.
The Gaels will be in tough next weekend in Ottawa, playing both the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens, the top two teams in Canada.
Women’s volleyball streak at four
The women’s volleyball team took another step in establishing themselves as a playoff team this weekend after dropping both the York Lions and the Nipissing Lakers and extending their winning streak to four games.
In the first set the Gaels dominated the Lions offensively, with outside hitter Shannon Hopkins scoring seven of her game high 16 kills in a 25-15 first set victory.
Despite losing the second set 26-24, the Gaels managed to turn things around, winning sets three and four 25-14 and 25-20.
The biggest difference in stats between the two teams appeared in the Gaels offensive power, as they out smashed the Lions 60-34 in kills over the four sets. 
Makayla Keith, Caroline Livingston and Shannon Neville joined Hopkins with double-digit kills each, separating themselves from the Lions.
Keith and Livingston also provided a spark for the Gaels with three aces apiece.
In their second game of the weekend, the Gaels outplayed the Nipissing Lakers, winning in straight sets. 
In the first set, the Gaels controlled the matchup, committing only two errors and taking the set 25-11.
While the second set was closer with a 25-23 result, the Gaels proved to be too much for the Lakers.
Led by Shannon Neville’s 12 kills, they extended their winning streak to four, with a 5-1 record in their last six games.
Rookie Franzi Wilhelm had a key role to play against the Lakers, contributing 35 assists, nine digs and four aces.
Next weekend the Gaels will travel down the 401 to play the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and Ryerson Rams.
Women’s basketball topple lowly Lions
The women’s basketball team extended their season-high winning streak to five games following their 87-75 win over the 
York Lions.
After falling down 24-14 in the first quarter, the Gaels looked to get back into the game.
Nine first-half turnovers made it difficult for Queen’s to cut into the lead, but a strong shooting performance allowed the team to be down by only 37-32 at the half.
In the third quarter, the game became a back-and-forth affair, with the lead changing hands five times. Eight second chance points separated the Gael from the Lions, winning the quarter 22-21.
The Gaels dominated the fourth-quarter, pulling away from the OUA East bottom Lions, taking a 33-17 advantage. Robyn Pearson led the Gaels in the quarter and on the night in scoring seven of her team 
high 15 in the fourth. 
A 43 per cent field goal percentage proved to be the key for the Gaels on the night, as they hit the 80-point mark for the third time this season.
Next weekend the Gaels will look to hold onto their spot atop the OUA East with road games against the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens.
Men’s volleyball undefeated homestand
Last weekend, the men’s volleyball team didn’t drop a single set against the York Lions and Nipissing Lakers at home. 
In their first matchup against the Lions, the Gaels battled through a difficult opening set. With a narrow lead at technical timeout, first-year Chris Brunet, registered three crucial kills, providing the spark needed to lift the home side to a 25-20 lead.
In the second set, defence was key for the Gaels with 10 blocks registered on the night — more than double their opponent’s. 
Strong play down the stretch by Mike Tomlinson and Marko Dakic was key for the Gaels, winning both sets by 26-24 and 25-20 respectively.
Overall on the night the Gaels were led by Tomlinson, who registered 13 kills, six digs and an overall .400 hitting percentage. Dakic also had a strong performance playing against his former team, the Lions, registering 11 kills and picking seven digs. 
In their second matchup of the weekend, the Gaels looked to build off the previous night’s performance. Tomlinson continued his strong play, dropping the Lakers in three sets with his efficient .462 hitting percentage and 16 kills.
Over the three sets, the Gaels were largely efficient, led by Brunet’s .692 hitting percentage and 10 kills.
Setter Jamie Wright also had a strong weekend, collecting 66 assists over the two games.
Next weekend the Gaels will head to Toronto where they’ll play the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and tenth-ranked Ryerson Rams.

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