Sports in brief: Week 2

Around the world of Queen’s sports in two stories

Women’s hockey stands pat with a weekend split, and women’s volleyball makes it five in a row with two straight sets wins.

Women’s hockey splits weekend series

The Gaels (10-6-1) were on the road last weekend, taking on the Western Mustangs (9-5-1) and the Guelph Gryphons (8-5-2) in games that had the potential to shake up the parity-saturated OUA.

Against Western, Queen’s was shut-out by Western goaltender Tareya Webster, who made 29 saves in the 3-0 loss.

The game was scoreless through two periods, but Western broke through early in the third on a goal by Sydnee Baker. The game stayed close until the final minutes, when Western’s April Clark scored a power play goal, assisted by Baker. 

Western got an empty netter, and that was all she wrote.

In Guelph, the Gaels played a gutsy game, and were rewarded with a 2-0 win.

In a penalty-filled contest, Queen’s Taylor Hicks and Kaylie Dennis bagged two goals in a two-minute span in the second period. A shut-out effort by Makenzy Arsenault helped stave off the Gryphons for the rest of the match. 

Next weekend, the Gaels play host to a powerful York team that sits in second place in the OUA, as well as basement-dwelling Ontario Tech.

Women’s volleyball stretch winning streak to five

Following a straight sets loss to Toronto in early November, the Gaels have only lost one set across five consecutive wins.

With 3-0 wins over Trent and RMC last weekend, Queen’s also swept the season series against those teams. 

Friday’s win in Peterborough over Trent was absolutely dominant—Queen’s won the sets 25-12, 25-10, and 25-16. Arielle Palermo and Julia Wiercigroch led the offence with 12 and 11 kills respectively. Lauryn Colpitts dished 38 assists.

At home on Sunday, it was more of the same against RMC. The Paladins played it a little closer, but the result was never much of a question.

Queen’s came out fast with a 25-13 win in the first set. Then RMC started to find their groove, only losing the next set 25-17. The final set was the closest yet, ending 25-20 in Queen’s favour.

Danielle Corrigan had three blocks in the win, and Wiercigroch contributed 15 digs in addition to her nine kills. 

Queen’s will be on the road next weekend, taking on nationally-ranked No. 9 Western in London and the 3-6 Lancers in Windsor.

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