Sports in brief: Week 9

Women’s rugby, volleyball, basketball impress

Women’s rugby is on to the national semifinals, women’s basketball and volleyball swept their weekend matchups, women’s hockey and men’s basketball split their weekend games, and men’s volleyball has a tough start.

Women’s rugby to play Ottawa in semis

The women’s rugby team won their quarterfinal matchup against the Acadia Axewomen on Wednesday, 55-19. 

Queen’s, who has yet to ever lose to Acadia, didn’t have the large cushion they’ve grown accustomed to having after the first half, leading Acadia only 15-7.

But after half-time, the Gaels pulled away with sensational runs from the likes of Tori Black and Maggie Banks. 

The Gaels will play the University of Ottawa on Friday, Nov. 1, in one semi-final game, while Guelph and Laval will face off in the other. The National Championship is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 3.

—Jack Rabb

Women’s basketball stays hot

The women’s soccer team had a winning weekend against the Nipissing Lakers and the Laurentian Voyageurs. 

On Oct. 25, the Gaels started strong against the Lakers and never relented, ending the game with a 92-53 win.

On Oct. 26, the Gaels had another strong start against the Voyageurs with a 25-13 lead in the first quarter. However, the Voyageurs clawed their way back into the game in the fourth quarter and made it a real contest.

The Gaels remained poised and managed to close the game out, winning a close one, 76-73. 

—Alina Yusufzai

Women’s hockey split weekend series

The women’s hockey team ventured west and took on both the Brock Badgers and the York Lions. 

In Friday’s game against the Badgers, who finished third in the OUA last season, the Gaels were challenged early and often.

After Brock jumped out to a quick lead on a powerplay goal, Devon Greenough and Hannah De Coutere responded for the Gaels and the period ended 2-1 in favour of Queen’s.

After a scoreless second, Brock equalized in the third, and then scored the go-ahead goal with less than two and a half minutes remaining. With 1:11 left to play, Kaylie Dennis swiped a one-timer into the net off a great feed from Taylor Hicks.

Overtime didn’t settle anything, so the game went to a shootout. Arsenault shut the door on Brock, and Queen’s won the game 4-3.

On Saturday, the Gaels were behind the Lions early, allowing a goal 29 seconds into the game. However, Queen’s got it back seven minutes later courtesy of Quinn Johnson, which was her team-leading third goal.

York got one more past Arsenault in the second period, and then potted an empty netter in the third to cap off a 3-1 win.

Laurier and Waterloo will play the women in Kingston next weekend.

—Jack Rabb

Men’s volleyball starts 0-2

This past weekend, the men’s volleyball team suffered two losses in games against the York Lions and the Nipissing Lakers. 

On Saturday, the Gaels lost in a 3-1 battle against the Lions. The Lions won the opening set 25-22 and didn’t look back.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, the Gaels lost in straight sets, 3-0, against the Lakers. The defending OUA Champs will look to get over their slow start in next weekend’s home games against McMaster and Brock.

—Alina Yusufzai

Men’s basketball wins, loses

The men’s basketball team played games this weekend against the Nipissing Lakers on Friday, Oct. 25, and the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday.

The team started off the weekend with a 90-56 win against the Lakers. The Gaels lead comfortably the entire game. 

On Saturday, the Gaels suffered a tight 86-82 loss to the Voyageurs. Despite their best efforts, highlighted by a big third quarter, the team suffered their first regular season loss of the 2019/2020 season. 

—Alina Yusufzai

Women’s volleyball has perfect road trip

Women’s volleyball had a perfect record this weekend, beating both the York Lions and the Nipissing Lakers. 

Playing York on Oct. 26, the Gaels won the first set 25-21, lost the second 27-25, and then cruised through two more sets to win 3-1. 

On Sunday, Oct. 27, the Gaels led the Lakers through the whole game, sweeping them in three lopsided sets.

—Alina Yusufzai

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