Marauders repel Warriors for successful weekend

The McMaster women’s volleyball team won its second straight match over the weekend, defeating the visiting Waterloo Warriors, 3-1 on Sunday (Nov. 18). But the Ontario University Athletics triumph didn’t come easy as the Marauders had to fight from behind in every set they won to do it.

The result improved Mac to 4-5.

McMaster got off to a much slower start than in their previous match against Guelph, and allowed Waterloo to jump in front 13-10 in the first set. At that point Marauder Shannon McRobert came up to serve and ran off nine straight points to give her team a 19-13 advantage. Waterloo tried to recover, but the Marauders maintained the momentum to win the first set 25-19.

The Marauders struggles continued in the in the second set and the Warriors were in front 16-10 at the technical timeout. Waterloo took advantage of poor passing by McMaster and Waterloo evened the match with a 25-16 win.

The third set again saw Waterloo grab an early lead, but at 13-8 Mac’s Lauren Skelly got into a serving groove and the Marauders took a 14-13 lead behind her strong service. The Marauders led 16-14 at the technical timeout and outscored the Warriors 9-1to close out the set 25-15 and go up 2-1 in the match.

Waterloo started the fourth set determined to extend the match and jumped out to a 7-2 lead. But again a Marauder got hot from the service line and Amada Weldon served McMaster into an 8-7 lead. McMaster maintained the lead and went into the technical timeout up 16-13. McRobert continued to serve well and extended the Maroon margin after the timeout and McMaster won the set 25-20 to take the match.

McRobert was named the BIG MAC player of the game for the Marauders.

Next up for McMaster are the Badgers on Saturday (Nov. 24) when Brock visits the Burridge Gym at 1 p.m.