Mac men ranked No.2, women No. 6 for CIS volleyball title hunts

A weekly look at stats and figures from around the OUA.

2 – The ranking of the McMaster Marauders men’s volleyball team heading into this weekend’s Canadian Interuniversity Sports championship. Prior to hosting the last two CIS Championships, the Marauders had not qualified for the tournament since 1994. McMaster goes into this tournament as a legitimate contender, fresh off their first Ontario University Athletics title since the 1991-92 campaign and riding a 27-0 overall record against CIS competition, including a convincing two-game sweep (3-0, 3-0) of the Queen’s Golden Gaels in the best-of-three conference final.

10 – The number of consecutive CIS wrestling championships the Brock Badgers men’s team will by vying for this weekend in Calgary. The Brock men go into the weekend as nine-time defending national champions, the third longest championship streak in CIS history behind University of British Columbia’s women’s (11) and men’s (10) swimming teams. Brock took its 14th consecutive OUA title two weeks ago in Hamilton with six gold-medal performances and will have eight athletes competing in Calgary.

2:16 – The time it took in overtime for Andrea Ironside (Collingwood) of the No.3 Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey team to score, to lift the Hawks to a 2-1 victory over the No. 6 Toronto Varsity Blues in game one of the best-of-three OUA championship series. The Blues took an early lead on a goal by Brenley Jorensen in the second period, until Golden Hawks rookie, Kaley Powers (Kingston) tied the game at 13:14 of the third period sending the game into overtime.

43 – The number of saves made by Brock Badgers goaltender Matt Harpwood (Welland) this past Wednesday night, as the Badgers knocked off the No.3 Lakehead Thunderwolves by a score of 4-2 in game one of the best-of-three OUA semifinal series. Brock was outshot 45-23 on the night, but Harpwood held the Badgers in the game sealing the victory for his squad.

6- The ranking of the McMaster Marauders women’s volleyball team heading into this weekends CIS championship. Finishing the season first in the OUA West with a record of 16-3, the Marauders make their first appearance at the CIS Championship, after defeating the Toronto Varsity Blues 3-1 in the OUA Championship this past weekend.

8/3 – The number of OUA women’s basketball championships won by the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and the McMaster Marauders respectively. The Blues will play host to the Marauders this Saturday (March 1) at 5 p.m. to battle for the OUA banner. Toronto won its first OUA title during the 1883-84 season, with their last championship coming in 2001-02, while the Marauders first won in 1998-99, with their last crown coming just two years ago during the 2005-06 season.

17 – The number of points scored by Brock Badgers senior Brad Rootes (Niagara Falls) who recorded a double-double finishing with 17 points and 11 assists as the Badgers defeated the Guelph Gryphons 78-74 in OUA basketball playoff action. With his 17-point performance, Rootes surpasses Kevin Stienstra (1726) for third all-time in Brock career scoring. He also surpassed hall of famer David Picton (368) for three-pointers made in a career at Brock moving him into second all-time and moved into fourth all-time in single season assists for the Badgers registering hi s 250th this past Wednesday night.