Mac volleyball teams have scores to settle

A mammoth weekend of volleyball action is looming for the men’s and women’s McMaster Marauder teams. The Burridge Gym will welcome Windsor and Western for matches on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 14-15).

The Marauder men’s team will be looking for some redemption, as it was Windsor and Western which knocked off McMaster in the opening weekend of conference play back in October. McMaster ran off nine consecutive wins after that and enters weekend action with a 9-3 record, tied for third in Ontario University Athletics.

Windsor at 6-6 is tied with Laurier for sixth place and will be looking to improve its playoff position. The Western match on Saturday will see the Marauders face the top team in the conference. The Mustangs enter the weekend with a perfect 12-0 record in the OUA and are ranked fifth in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports top 10.

Marauder coach Dave Preston is looking forward to the challenge posed by the Lancers and Mustangs, “There’s a point in every season where teams find themselves facing a defining moment. I think we might be going through that right now.”

McMaster’s women’s team currently sits in first place in the OUA West division with a 9-1 record. The one loss came in London on that opening weekend, at the hands of the Mustangs, so the Marauders have a score to settle. With a record of 7-2, Western sits fourth in the West Division and looking to move up. McMaster will have to guard against looking past the Friday match with Windsor, which enters the weekend with a 1-8 record and in last place in the division.

Head coach Tim Louks says the weekend should be a great atmosphere, “I’m not sure the excitement has been higher, especially since we took it on the chin at Western. But we need to stay focused because Windsor will play tough and we have to be ready to play both nights.”

Game times each night for the weekend matches see the women play at 6 p.m., followed by men’s action at 8 p.m.