Marauders rebound to down Blues in volleyball

Toronto – The McMaster men’s volleyball team needed extra sets to dispose of the Toronto Varsity Blues, 3-2, on Saturday (Feb. 11) in Ontario University Athletics play.

With the win, the Marauders 14th against three losses, McMaster will finish in second place, with one game remaining in regular season play.

Jori Mantha was the Marauders game-high scorer with 18 points.

McMaster easily defeated the Blues in the first set, 25-16, but found themselves down 2-1 in sets after Toronto came out winning the second set, 25-20, and the third in extra points, 31-29. In the fourth, McMaster forced a fifth set, winning 25-17. The visitors took the series with a 15-11 win.

Mantha’s 18 points were accompanied by 10 kills, an ace and three blocks from middle Alex Elliot. Also hitting double-digit numbers was Kevin Stevens with 11 points. Setter TJ Sanders recorded 42 assists in the five set win.

For the Blues, Mitchell Woodside recorded a game-high 22 points with 19 kills and three aces. Jake Dysselhof added 15 points and Matthew Vares recorded another 12 for Toronto. Setter Alex Park recorded 41 assists.

The Marauders complete their schedule against the York Lions on Sunday (Feb. 12).