Mac’s Puhach earns volleyball all-star rating

The McMaster Marauders women’s volleyball squad went 1-3 over the holidays at the 20th annual National Invitational Tournament, hosted by the University of Toronto.

In their first match, a repeat of the 2009-10 Ontario University Athletics championship final, the Marauders were defeated 3-1 (25-14, 25-21, 24-26, 25-17) by the host Blues. The Marauders were unable to turn it around in their second match, and were beaten 3-1 by the McGill Martlets (25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22).

The Marauders earned their only win of the tournament on Dec. 29, defeating St. Francis Xavier by a convincing 3-0 score (20-25, 24-26, 23-25). Unfortunately, the Marauders weren’t able to continue the momentum, and lost their final match of the tournament 3-1 (25-16, 13-25, 25-18, 25-17) to Sherbrooke.

Fifth-year left-side hitter Larissa Puhach (Burlington) was named to the tournament all-star team.

The Marauders return to OUA action on Friday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. when they visit the Laurier Golden Hawks.

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