McMaster women open new year with strong win

McMasterIn the team’s first match of 2013, the McMaster women’s volleyball team had a strong effort and swept the Toronto Varsity Blues in straight sets on Friday evening.

The Marauders grabbed an early lead to start the first set, behind some strong serving from Lauren Skelly and Amanda Weldon and hit the technical timeout leading 16-12. The Marauders spread the ball around well, with setter Weldon getting everyone involved and libero Meagan Nederveen keying a consistent passing game from the backcourt. Kierstyn Bakker got a serving roll and McMaster led 24-19 before Toronto made a late run but fell by a score of 25-22.

Set two saw the Marauders jump out to another early advantage, forcing Toronto to burn both of its timeouts before the technical break where Mac held a 16-6 advantage. Maroon middle Taylor Brisebois was dominating the net and keyed the 25-15 win to grab a two set lead.

The third set was more McMaster, as Lauren Skelly continued to serve well and helped Mac build a 9-2 lead. At the technical timeout the Marauder lead was 16-8. After getting up 20-10, the Maroon lost some focus and Coach Louks called a timeout after Toronto narrowed the gap to 21-15. The Blues continued to fight but the Marauders were able to close out the third set 25-19 and take the victory.

The BIG MAC player of the game was second-year middle Taylor Brisebois, who finished with 12 points, as did Bakker and Shannon McRobert, showing the Marauder balance on the night.

McMaster now moves ahead of Toronto in the OUA standings at 6 and 5, while the Blues fall to 5 and 6.

McMaster will be back in action on Saturday in the annual Dig for the Cure match versus the Ryerson Rams, Game time is 6 pm in the Burridge Gym.