The McMaster men’s volleyball team continued to dominate in Ontario University Athletics. On Saturday (Jan. 21) they downed the Guelph Gryphons in 3-1 in sets at the Burridge Gymnasium. Mac took the match, 25-17, 25-14, 23-25, 25-18
Big Mac Player of the Game for McMaster was Jeremy Groenveld.
In the first set, the Marauders and Gryphons came out fighting hard for the first lead of the match. McMaster took a three-point lead, 10-7, thanks to some serves from middle Tyson Alexander. By the technical timeout, the Marauders had increased their lead to four, 16-12.
The Marauders didn’t slow down in the second set, as outside hitters Jori Mantha and Kevin Stevens kept the Gryphons guessing all the way until the end. Taking a lead early on, McMaster held onto it through to the technical timeout at 16-12. With Guelph needing a few points to stay alive in the set, the Marauders wouldn’t allow it, scoring two more before Guelph was forced to call a timeout. It wouldn’t help as a variety of blockers helped take McMaster to win the second set.
In the third, both teams traded points early before the Marauders grabbed a 9-6 lead. Building on that, the Marauders took to the bench as Guelph was forced to call a timeout at 11-7. McMaster’s lead disappeared and the Gryphons tied the affair at 14. After a timeout from the Marauders, they would rally to come within one at the technical timeout, and would tie it up again at 16.
McMaster took the lead with a huge block from Alexander and a Gryphon on the net would put the Marauders back up by two, 18-16. The lead would change again as the Gryphons strung together a few points from their outside hitters to take a three point lead at 22-19. A hit from Alex Elliott and a block from the middle following that would get McMaster the ball back at 22-21. Down 24-23, the Marauders would miss their serve on the 25th point to give Guelph the third set win.
With the Marauders up 4-0 in the beginning of the fourth set, Guelph called an early timeout and rallied to come within one. Fortunately for McMaster, the Gryphons would be unable to stop the connection between setter Austin Smith and Alexander in the middle and the Marauders would continue to utilize him, going up again 9-5. The Marauders would maintain their four point lead going in to the technical timeout with a score of 16-12. Guelph would call a timeout after a big block from Elliott to give the Marauders a five point lead at 18-13. Daniel Groenveld would come off the bench for McMaster and help the Marauders take down the Gryphons late in the fourth. Up 22-18, McMaster would finish off the set with some smart play by Stevens and some serves from Groenveld.
The Marauders take to the road next weekend and play Western and Windsor.