TORONTO, Ont. (from Queen’s University Gaels) — The Queen’s Gaels (9-3) take the game 3-1 on the road against the Toronto Varsity Blues (8-4) and now move into sole possession of second place in the OUA East. The scores of each set were 25-17, 15-25, 25-16 and 25-19.
To start the game, the Gaels took an early lead on the Toronto Varsity Blues, pushing their offensive kills and managing a capable defence. The Tricolour held the lead far from the Varsity Blues and made it impossible for Toronto to surpass their score. Queen’s finished out the set 25-17.
In the second set, the Tricolour had a rough start and found themselves trailing the Varsity Blues early. Great efforts from Shannon Neville (Cambridge) and Julia Wiercigroch (Mississauga) maintained the strong Queen’s offence, but they were unable to find holes in the strong opposing defence. The Gaels attempted to catch the Toronto lead but ultimately lost the set with a score of 25-15.
The third set started out with a close score until the Gaels built up a lead continuing to play a forceful offensive game. The Tricolour took the third set with a score of 25-16 with only one error.
In the fourth set, the Gaels and the Varsity Blues were evenly matched until the set was tied at 8-8. The Tricolour capitalized on a kill streak of eight points, taking a gaping lead on Toronto. The Gaels and the Varsity Blues played point for point for the rest of the set and Queen’s won the set and the match with a score of 25-19.
The Gaels were led by fantastic offensive play by Shannon Neville, Julia Wiercigroch and Isabelle Korchinski (Anmore), each with double-digit kills on the afternoon. Wiercigroch also racked up three serving aces and twenty digs. Natalie Crews (North Vancouver) led the Tricolour in blocking against the Varsity Blues with seven defensive blocks. The Gaels made only 18 errors collectively this game.
By the numbers
3 – Game win streak for the Gaels
7 – Blocks for Natalie Crews
20 – Digs from Wiercigroch and Tsiofas this game
The Gaels hit the road again to face off against the first place Ryerson Rams tomorrow at 2 pm EST.