Marauders sweep the house in weekend volleyball

The McMaster women’s volleyball team extended its Ontario University Athletics win streak to four games with a weekend sweep of the Waterloo Warriors and Guelph Gryphons. On Saturday night, they took down the Gryphons in three straight sets, 25-19, 25-22 and 26-24.

All tied up at six, rookie Lauren Mastroluisi would put the Marauders ahead with a hit down the line early in the first set. Later, McMaster would take a two point lead at 11-9 thanks to some tough serves from the rookie. The Marauders were unable to hold the lead as both teams fought hard for the first-set win. At the timeout, McMaster would earn the two point lead back, with some key digs in the back from libero Meagan Nederveen.

Guelph would be forced to call a timeout just two points after the technical as scrappy play from the Marauders as well as an ace from setter Amanda Weldon would put the home team up by four at 18-14. The Marauders would further extend their lead to six at 20-14 with some more strong serving from Weldon. Mastroluisi would finish off the set for the Marauders with a roll shot to the middle of the court and McMaster would go ahead 1-0 in the match with a 25-19 win.

Long rallies would be the story of the second set as both defences were stellar. The Marauders took an early lead of three points at 8-5 with strong serving from middle Shannon McRobert, forcing the Gryphons to call a timeout. The Marauders lead would get as big as four points prior to the technical timeout and both teams would take to the bench for a break at 16-12 in favour of McMaster.

The Marauders would maintain the lead to 19-16 when Guelph called a second timeout of the match and would pull it together, getting within one. Outside hitter Kailee Stock would get the point back for McMaster, but the Gryphons would keep pushing to tie it up, and finally did at 20-20. The Marauders would get ahead by two at 23-21 and would eventually take the second-set win, 25-22 with a kill and an ace from McRobert. She would have 12 points at this point in the match.

McMaster and Guelph would once again trade points early on but it would be the Marauders taking the lead once again, by three points this time, at 9-6. The Gryphons wouldn’t give up that easily though as they came back to tie it. A nig hit from Mastroluisi on the outside would once again put the Marauders ahead at 11-10. Guelph would eventually take the lead at 14-12 but McMaster would win the points back with some serves from Weldon. At the technical timeout, the Gryphons would lead the Marauders by two at 16-14.

A big swing from Stock after the timeout would begin McMaster’s comeback as they would tie it up at 16. The Gryphons would force the Marauders to take a timeout after scoring three points in a row, making the score 20-17. Some big swings from Mastroluisi in the front court and Stock in the back row would give McMaster the lead back with five points in a row. McMaster’s left side hitters were a force until the end of the set with Stock killing it down the line for the 26-24 third set win.

McMaster’s Big Mac Player of the Game was Stock who recorded a game-high 13 kills and had another two blocks for 15 points. McRobert also hit double digit numbers with 10 kills and four aces. Rookie Mastroluisi added nine kills for the Marauders.

For the Gryphons, Brooke Lloyd was named the Big Mac Player of the Game for her six kills. Taylor Crown had a team-high seven kills and Erinn Bickle recorded nine points for the Gryphons with five kills, two aces and two blocks.

The Marauders are on the road next weekend with games against Western and Windsor on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.