Mac women sweep volleyball weekend

The McMaster women’s volleyball team capped off a successful weekend with a big 3-1 sets win over the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday (Jan. 14), 25-14, 12-25, 25-14, 25-19.

The first set saw the Marauders up by five at 9-4, but just a few points later the Gaels would get within three. A few mistakes from the Gaels saw them fall behind once again and McMaster took the lead of six points, 13-7.

A technical timeout would have the Marauders ahead by five and right after, a block from Kailee Stock (Newmarket, Ont.) would follow for a score of 17-11. A big kill later on from McMaster middle Camilla Thorne-Tjomsland (Winnipeg) and blocks from a number of players would seal the deal with a 25-14 first set win.

In the second, Queen’s came out on a mission to win it, going up 5-1 early on, utilizing their middles from a number of angles. A kill from Shannon McRobert (Whitby, Ont.) and a nice digs in the back court would get McMaster within three at 9-6, but by the timeout rolled around, the Gaels had taken a significant 16-8 lead. Queen’s would go on to win the second set 25-12 and even up the match at one set.

Both teams battled it out early in the third set and it would be all tied up at six with both teams using their outside hitters for points. McMaster would take the first true lead of the match and would force the Gaels to call a timeout early on thanks to a block from rookie Mira Krunic (Oakville). The score would read 10-7 with a kill from McRobert in the middle and at the technical timeout the Marauders would lead 16-11, maintaining the point differential and building on it.

Thorne-Tjomsland would connect for a huge block to make it 17-11 for McMaster and Queen’s would be forced to call a timeout just after at 20-12 after a big hit by rookie Lauren Mastroluisi (Ancaster) on a Queen’s overpass. The Marauders would go on to win the all important third set of the match by a score of 25-14 thanks to a block from setter Amanda Weldon (Hamilton).

In the fourth, Queen’s would take the early 5-3 lead with a kill from Katie Hagarty (Aurora, Ont.) but the Marauders would follow that up with a kill from Stock on the left side and then a shank on a serve from Weldon. Having trouble passing Weldon’s serves, the Gaels found themselves down by three at 8-5. McRobert would string together a few blocks in the middle to put the Marauders up by four at 14-10 and would maintain that to the technical timeout at 16-12.

The Marauders would win the fourth set and win the match, capitalizing on Queen’s mistakes. The final score in the fourth was 25-19.

McMaster’s Big Mac Player of the Game was Amanda Weldon for her serving, setting and play at the net. The setter tallied 27 assists for the Marauders. Stock recorded 11 kills and a block for a total of 12 points in the match and McRobert also earned 12 points with six kills, five blocks and an ace. Rookie Mastroluisi added seven more kills in McMaster’s win.

For Queen’s, the Big Mac Player of the Game was outside hitter Natalie Gray. The veteran recorded 11 kills and had an ace to go with it for 12 points. Middle Hagarty had a game high 13 points with eight kills and four aces. Setter Anna Pedjase (Waterloo, Ont.) recorded 35 assists in four sets for the Gaels.

The Marauders are at home against next weekend with games against Waterloo on Friday and Guelph on Saturday, both at 6 p.m. at Burridge Gymnasium.