Toronto – McMaster got off to a good start, winning the opening set but lost the match 3-1 to the host Ryerson Rams on Saturday in Ontario University Athletics women’s volleyball.
The loss left McMaster with a 1-4 record..
The first set was not as sharp as Rams fans are accustomed to seeing. Ryerson, with a perfect 5-0 record, tallied just seven kills. The Rams remained in the set as McMaster couldn’t settle into an offensive rhythm either, committing 10 attack errors and five service errors to hand Ryerson an extra 15 points.
Despite the Marauders’ woes, Shannon McRobert (Whitby) had three blocks in the set to help McMaster take a 25-23 decision to lead 1-0.
The teams matched each other early in the second set but the Rams put together a six-point run to turn a 10-8 deficit into a 14-10 lead. The gap grew to as many as nine, 23-14, but McMaster wasn’t ready to throw in the towel and took seven of the next eight points to make it 24-21 in favour of the Rams.
Chelsea Briscoe (Georgetown) finished things off with authority for Ryerson as she registered her third block of the game to take the second set 25-21 and tie the match at 1-1.
The Rams racked up 16 kills in the third set, with five each from Emily Nicholishen (Whitby) and Alex Whyte (Whitby) to power their way to a 25-20 victory and a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth set, the Rams built a 12-7 lead but McMaster rallied with six straight points to take a 13-12 lead. Lauren Skelly (Whitby) led the comeback with back-to-back kills which forced a Ryerson timeout.
Ryerson responded with a six point run to nullify the Marauders’ comeback as they reclaimed a 19-14 lead. Emily Varga (Rodney) came into the match for her serving prowess and executed to perfection as she recorded a service ace to end the set at 25-17 for Ryerson and the 3-1 match victory.
Nicholishen finished with a game-high 11 kills while Whyte added 10 in the victory. Chelsea Briscoe finished with just six kills but posted a game-high five blocks to aid the Rams.
McRobert finished with a team-high ten kills and four blocks for the Marauders.