The visiting and undefeated Ottawa Gee-Gees swept the McMaster Marauders, 25-19, 25-13, 25-23, in Ontario University Athletics women’s volleyball on Sunday (Oct. 28).
Mac is winless in three outings while Ottawa is 4-0.
In the first set, the Marauders found themselves down 8-4, forcing head coach Tim Louks to call an early timeout. McMaster managed to make up some points, with a tough serve coming from Kailee Stock (Newmarket) and some Ottawa errors. The Gee-Gees would call a timeout while up 11-8, and would head into the technical timeout up 16-12.
With a kill from Shannon McRobert (Whitby) and a dump from an over pass, McMaster get within two. It wouldn’t last long, though, as Ottawa went on a run, giving them a five point lead, 19-14. A Marauder timeout would get the girls back on track as some great defensive plays lifted them to within one, 19-18.
Unfortunately, the Gee-Gees found a way to win with a killer back row attack from Karina Krueger-Schwanke (Blumenau, Brazil) and a block from Kathryn Weihrer would end the set as Ottawa went on to win. The Gee-Gees would tally 11 kills to the Marauders eight in the first set.
In the second set, some tough serves early on from Gee-Gee Kelsie English (Orleans) would force McMaster to call a timeout at 9-6. After the break it would get worse as they were unable to side out and found themselves down 12-6, but a kill from Stock would get them the ball back at 12-7.
But then, Ottawa got four quick points and went into the technical timeout up 16-7 with a kill from Myriam English (Orleans).
Poor serve receive and some strong offense from Ottawa proved to be McMaster’s downfall in the second set. Mac had a kill percentage of just 4%.
Two aces from Amanda Weldon (Hamilton) got the Marauders started, but a kill from Kelsie English stopped the run. McMaster found themselves down 5-3, but did get the ball back. Patricia Raso’s (Hamilton) tough serving helped the Marauders go up 7-5.
Tied up at 10 with some great defense on both sides of the court, middle Camilla Thorne-Tjomsland (Winnipeg) proved a force at the net as well at the service line. Her efforts allowed the Marauders to gain the lead and going into a technical timeout the hosts were up by four. McMaster continued to use the momentum to win two more points before Ottawa was able to side out.
Gee-Gees setter Christina Grail (London) pulled Ottawa back to within three, forcing McMaster to call a timeout at 18-15. Later, Ottawa would tie if at 18 with a block from Kelsie English and a miscommunication between McRobert and Weldon would give the Gee-Gees the go ahead point at 19-18.
Despite keeping the score close, Krueger-Schwanke would come up with a huge kill from the right side and would follow that with a couple of aces. McMaster tried to fight back, but the Gee-Gees would ultimately prevail.
Ottawa’s player of the game was Krueger-Scwanke who totalled a game-high 10 kills and three aces. Kelsie and Myriam English each recorded 9.5 points and Grail would tally 25 assists in the win for the Gee-Gees.
For McMaster, McRobert earned the Big Mac Player of the Game honours for her 10 points on seven kills and three blocks. Libero Meagan Nederveen (Dundas) would have a game-high 10 digs.
The Marauders travel to Thunder Bay to take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves in a double header on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 2-3).