Sports recap: Men’s volleyball Lions win third straight with victory over Mustangs

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The York University Lions men’s volleyball team won 3-1 against the Western University Mustangs on Saturday in London, Ont., stretching their winning streak to three matches.

The Lions won the first set 25-20. The Mustangs responded with a 25-19 win on the following set. The visiting team repeated their heroics and won the third set by 25-20 again. They grabbed the victory after winning the fourth set 25-19. Veteran outside hitter Ray Szeto proved to be the Lions’ star player again with 21.5 points, including 18 kills and a service ace. Nikola Sandic was also instrumental to the victory, recording 48 assists as well as two kills and a service ace.  More details on York Lions website.

One night earlier, the Lions nearly lost a two-set lead but held on to defeat the Windsor University Lancers 3-2. The Lions won the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-21, but the Lancers were able to turn the game around in the third and fourth winning 25-18 and 25-19.The final set was a nerve wrecking battle with York holding the lead in the beginning. The Lancers tied the score at 14-14 from a service error. Shortly after, a service error and a service ace gave the Lions the win.  More details.

Men’s basketball Lions get first road win in victory over Gryphons

The York University Lions men’s basketball team recorded its first road win of the season after defeating the University of Guelph Gryphons 93-85 on Wednesday in Guelph, Ont.

The first quarter ended with the Gryphons leading by a thin margin at 22-20. The Lions bounced back in the second quarter by ending the half with a 41-36 lead. The Lions extended their lead in the third quarter to 69-56. Despite outscoring the visiting team in the final quarter, the Gryphons found themselves eight points short off the victors.  More details.

On Saturday afternoon, the No. 4 nationally ranked McMaster University Marauders proved to be too much for the Lions, winning 97-62 in Hamilton, Ont. The Lions opened the scoring in the first quarter with a jump shot by Nick Tufegdzich. Tufegdzich, Nathan Culbreath, Phillip Cunningham-Gillen and Nana Adu-Poku were the scorers for the Lions in the first quarter. The Marauders were able to squeeze in two more baskets and a free throw over the Lions to lead the quarter with a score of 22-17.  More details.

Gee-Gees get revenge with sweep of women’s volleyball Lions

The York University Lions women’s volleyball team was defeated by the Ottawa Gee-Gees 3-0 on Sunday in Ottawa, Ont., giving the Lions a season split with their fiercest rivals. The Gee-Gees won the first set 25-21, the second 25-11 and the third 25-19.

The Lions started the game strong with a kill from Michelle Pierce to open up the scoring. The set was a constant battle with the Gee-Gees taking the lead first until a series of errors and kills by Abby Ganzhorn, Brittney Hopley, Pierce and Veneta Mincheva tied the score or put the Lions ahead by one point.  More details.

Lakers double up on men’s hockey Lions in North Bay

The York University Lions men’s hockey team fell to the Nipissing University Lakers by a score of 4-2 on Saturday in North Bay, Ont.

Three goals were scored in the first period alone. The Lakers capitalized on a power play through Chad Thibodeau at 5:01. At 12:39, Tyler McGee equalized with support from Trevor Petersen and Connor Hale. However, the tie didn’t last long as the Lakers regained the lead through Erik Robichaud at 15:28.  More details.

The previous night in Sudbury, Ont., the Lions were defeated by a 7-5 score by the Laurentian University Voyageurs. The Voyageurs opened up the scoring in the first period with a power play goal by Adam Glynn at 13:37. The Lions followed the lead and scored their own power play goal at 16:45 from Hale to even the score at 1-1.  More details.

Women’s basketball Lions defeated by Marauders

The York University Lions women’s basketball team was defeated by the McMaster University Marauders 56-41 on Saturday in Hamilton, Ont.

The game was scoreless until McMaster’s Clare Kenney nailed a jump shot at 6:33 into the first quarter to get the momentum going. The Marauders continued to basket jump shots, strongly dominating the Lions. Only Shauney Fischer and Nina Guzina could net the ball into the basket in the first, and the Marauders led 12-4 after one quarter.  More details.

Earlier in the week, the Lions fell to the University of Guelph Gryphons 75-43 in a road game in Guelph, Ont. Guelph’s Katherine MacTavish opened the game with a long shot for three points, and the Gryphons continued to roll from there. They took an early lead as they ended the first quarter at 26-8.

The Lions improved on the second quarter by scoring 13, but by halftime the score line remained in Guelph’s favour at 43-21.  More details.