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Game in Review: Womens Queen's Gael's vs. Guelph Gryphons

The aerial view from where some Queen's students are able to watch matches as they work out in the ARC

Sunday February 12, 2011

Queen’s ‘ARC’

Queen’s Gaels vs. Guelph Gryphons

Sunday marked the final day in OUA competition for the women. The Queen’s Gaels were riding high after taking down the league’s top team in McMaster the day before. Guelph were salivating over the opportunity to leapfrog McMaster in the standings with a win. It may have been the final day in season competition, but there was still plenty on the line when the two teams met.

Guelph built some energy early through the impressive play of libero 8 Megan Canavan. Her early digs gave the squad extra chances to attack, and the way she went about it seemed to push the team harder. At times, Guelph would stick to defence and free balls, waiting for the eventual Queen’s error. The visitors took the early lead 10-6.

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Game in Review: Queen's Gaels vs. McMaster Marauders Women

Saturday February 12, 2011

Queen’s University Athletics and Recreation Centre

Queen’s Gaels vs. McMaster Marauders

 On the last weekend of the OUA regular season, two of the top-ranked women’s teams competed head to head. The Queen’s Gaels and the McMaster Marauders match-up on Saturday afternoon would play a role in deciding the final rankings at the top of both the OUA East and West conferences. Though McMaster came in as the number one team, Queen’s threw a barrage of home court advantages including cheerleaders, two different bands, and a Celtic dance crew.

 Being the first game of the afternoon, the energy started off low for both squads. Queen’s 12 Natalie Gray provided the first real kill to start the points rolling for the Gaels. However, points off blocks and minor errors dictated the majority of the early first set. It wasn’t until the Marauders were up 14-11 that an intense rally broke out. Finally both teams began digging and the tone was set for the match to continue as the competitive match everybody expected. Queen’s 13 Katie Matthews, hitting a fluid step attack from the offside, eventually won the rally.

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Game in Review: Queen's Gaels vs. McMaster Marauders Men

Saturday February 12, 2011

Queen’s University Athletics and Recreation Centre

Queen’s Gaels vs. McMaster Marauders

As the Men’s OUA regular season entered the last week of play, Queen’s and McMaster were separated by a single win. A win for McMaster would mean a three-way tie for second place overall between Queens, McMaster, and Guelph. All three teams would be guaranteed home court advantage in the first round, but come the second round those ranks will determine who gets to host a game in the final four (should those teams win their first round match-ups).

Queen’s right-side player 5 Joren Zeeman was coming off a career-high 30 points last weekend, and had been nominated Queen’s Athlete of the Week because of it. McMaster would have to keep Zeeman in check if they were to expect to come out of Kingston with a road victory. The last time the two teams met, the Marauders managed to stifle him and walk out with the victory. But that was in Hamilton.

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Game in Review: Mens Queen's Gael's vs. York Lions

Sunday February 6th, 2011

Tait McKenzie Gym, Toronto

Queen’s Gaels vs. York Lions

The Men’s OUA season is winding down, with only a couple games left for each team in the regular season. Only seven teams make the Men’s playoffs, and there is a large build-up of teams fighting for the final spot. The York Lions are one of those teams. Laurier sits in the last playoff spot, but Ryerson and Toronto both are between the Lions and that seventh place. On Sunday, they came up against one of the OUA’s strongest teams in the Queen’s Gaels. If they wanted to prove themselves, this was one of their final opportunities.

The game started quickly, as Queen’s enforced their blocking game early. Gaels’ 13 Michael Amoroso, while solidifying the middle block, also came through with a powerful quick early on. York responded with their own middle, 2 Felipe Humana-Paredes, hitting a quick right back.

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Game in Review: Womens Queen's Gael's vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves

Lakehead 15 Sarah Reid tries to pound a kill through the Queen's block as OUA play resumed this weekend.

January 9th, 2011

Queen’s University Athletic Complex

Queen’s Gael’s vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves

The Queen’s University Gael’s hosted the Lakehead Thunderwolves on Sunday afternoon. Lakehead were coming off a narrow five-set defeat to RMC the night before, while Queen’s hadn’t yet played a match in 2011. Lakehead would have to hope their warm-up the day before could push them past a Queen’s team with a significantly better record going in.

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