Weekend wrap: Women’s volleyball Lions advance to Final Four

The York University Lions women’s volleyball team advanced to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four Championships with a dominant 3-0 win (25-14, 25-18, 25-21) over the Royal Military College Paladins in their quarter-final game on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Tait McKenzie Centre.

The top-seeded Lions faced little resistance from the fourth-seeded Paladins. In three meetings this season, the Lions have outscored the Paladins 9-1, dropping just a single set in their second meeting.

Lions’ third-year outside hitter Thinesa Sriskandarajah had a game-high 12 kills and led all scorers with 14 points. Captain Sarah Sutton was second in team scoring with 12 points, which included a game-high three service aces. Gina Morphy added a game-high 28 assists and received player of the match honours for the Lions. More details on the York Lions website.

Women’s basketball Lions clinch sixth in OUA East with Friday win

In a critical final game of the regular season, the York University Lions women’s basketball team held off the Laurentian University Lady Vees in a heart-stopping 70-68 victory to lock down the sixth seed in the OUA East Division.

As the sixth seeds, the Lions (7-15) have advanced to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. The Lady Vees (5-17) were eliminated from the post-season with the loss.

The Lions earned the two-point win thanks to a strong third quarter in which they outscored the Lady Vees 27-9 to open up a 60-47 lead before the final frame. It was the only quarter the Lions topped the Lady Vees, but in the end it proved to be enough. More details.

Men’s basketball Lions close season with win over Laurentian

The York University Lions men’s basketball team concluded the regular season with a hard-fought 77-70 victory over the Laurentian University Voyageurs at the Tait McKenzie Centre on Friday night, Feb. 18.

The game did not have playoff implications for either team. Prior to the contest the Lions (10-12) had already clinched fifth place in the OUA East Division while the Voyageurs (7-15) were settled in sixth.

Laurentian was dominant in the first quarter of the game, posting 25 points compared to just 17 for the Lions.

The Lions picked up their game in the second quarter as the defence played a huge role in the comeback. Forward Nick Tufegdzich got right into his opponent’s face on several occasions, forcing the Voyageurs to miss a number of shots. More details.