After back-to-back losses the McMaster Marauders women’s volleyball team picked up its third match win of the season on Friday (Nov. 16). The Marauders needed four sets to turn back the Guelph Gryphons, 25-11, 25-9, 28-30, and 25-15 in the Ontario University Athletics encounter at the Burridge Gym.
The Marauders improved to 3-5 while Guelph fell to 2-5.
The Marauders stormed their way to the first set win, combining a diverse attack that saw kills come from a variety of hitters, with some tremendous defense at the net. That gave McMaster a 16-4 lead at the technical timeout as the Marauders went on to win, 25-11 win.
It didn’t get any easier for the visitors in the second set as Guelph coach Paul Funk had to call both of his timeouts before the technical timeout as the Marauders continued to dominate en route to the 25-9 victory.
With two of their best sets behind them, the Marauders lost some focus in the third and allowed Guelph to take the lead at the technical time out, 16-14. The Gryphons were up 22-18 when McMaster made a late charge but fell short, 30-28.
Having dropped a set, the Marauders were determined not to let Guelph back into the match and picked up the intensity in the fourth set, jumping out to a 9-1 lead. Ahead 16-6 at the technical timeout, McMaster kept up the pressure for the win.
The McDonald’s Big Mac of the game for McMaster was leftside Kierstyn Bakker, who was playing her first match in Maroon after transferring from Manitoba. She led the Marauders with 13 kills in the match. Taylor Brisebois had a strong performance with 11 kills and several blocks. Setter Amanda Weldon did a great job directing the offense and finished with 33 assists. McMaster got a total team effort in the victory.
The Waterloo Warriors bring their 2-4 record to the Burridge Gym on Sunday (Nov. 18) for a 1 p.m. affair.