The McMaster men’s volleyball team tangled with a game Toronto squad on Friday evening, and managed to take a 3-set win over the Varsity Blues to stay unbeaten in the OUA standings.
The first set saw the Marauders build a 9-6 lead, but the Blues managed to keep pace with Mac and at the technical timeout, the lead was 16-13 for the Maroon. After the break, Marauder Stephen Maar got into a serving groove and the lead went to 21-13, which was too big a deficit for Toronto to overcome, losing the set 25-17.
The second set saw a gritty Toronto team come out strong and take an 8-5 lead before McMaster started to respond and at the technical timeout, Mac had taken a 16-13 lead. With the momentum now in their favour, the Marauders were able to add to the lead and took the second set 25-21.
Now facing a two-set deficit, Toronto refused to concede anything and took the early lead in the third set and fought hard to hit the technical timeout with a 16-12 lead. McMaster fought back to close the gap, but Toronto played some inspired volleyball and had a chance to win the set leading 24-22, but could not close it out as McMaster tied things up at 24-24.
The two teams then exchanged the advantage and both had chances to end the set and failed. Finally, a tough serve by Maar forced a bad pass and allowed Tyson Alexander to bury a free ball for the 32-30 win and a sweep of the match.
Mac setter Austin Campion-Smith had a strong match with 28 assists and was named the BIG MAC player of the game.
The win is McMaster 10th straight in OUA play and keeps the Marauders alone in first place.
Next action for the Maroon is on Saturday in the annual Dig for the Cure match versus the tough Ryerson Rams, Game time is 8 pm in the Burridge Gym.