The Marauders’ winning streak was snapped at four on Saturday (Jan.12) after the Ryerson Rams handed the hosts a 3-2 loss at the Burridge Gym in Ontario University Athletics women’s volleyball.
Taylor Brisebois led the Marauders paced Mac with 17 points, converting 11 of her 16 hitting attempts in the process. Shannon McRobert (15) and Kierstyn Bakker (14) also contributed double-digit point totals for McMaster, which evened its record at 6-6.
Marauders Meagan Nederveen (4) and Mira Krunic dive in unison to to save a point. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)
Middle Chelsea Briscoe was tops for the Rams with 18.5 points and 15 kills.
The first set began neck-and-neck, but the Marauders distanced themselves as they approached the technical timeout. The home side took a 16-11 lead into the break after the Rams were unable to pass out of a swing by Lauren Mastroluisi.
It was Mastroluisi who forced the Rams into another timeout at 19-11, when the left side rolled a shot deep that found a weak point in Ryerson’s coverage. Weldon chose to dump two points later and caught the Rams off guard to move the Marauders ahead by nine at 21-12.
McMaster held that pace in the late stages, and polished off the set by a score of 25-15 after a combo block by Taylor Brisebois and Mira Krunic on the right side.
In the second set, a small Marauder run forced the Rams to call time at 9-6. McMaster seized on that advantage, and when a Ryerson attack weakly floated wide, the Marauders led 13-9.
The visitors answered back momentarily, winning seven of the next eight points to carry a 16-14 lead into the technical timeout after the Marauders failed to dig out the serve. The set levelled out again a few points later, with the Rams putting an attack wide left to end a long rally and knot things at 17.
Errors crept into McMaster’s game, and they were forced to call time trailing 23-21 after a miscue at the net. The Rams finished the set strongly and evened the match at a game apiece with a 25-23 win.
The home side bounced back quickly in the third, jumping into the lead on the back of a combo block in the middle by Lauren Skelly and Brisebois, and testing Ryerson with its serve to take a 12-7. Shannon McRobert made the most of an awkward pass and pushed an attack to take the Marauders into the third set technical timeout with a 16-13 advantage.
But Ryerson used the timeout well, and came out firing to retake the lead and force McMaster into a break of its own at 18-17. Much like the Rams’ timeout before it, the Marauders’ appeared to refocus the team, and they powered into a lead that proved final.
Riding the steady service of Bakker, McMaster streaked to the finish line in the third, and crossed it when Krunic tooled the block on the right and found the floor for 25-21.
There was little to separate the two teams early in the fourth, but Ryerson inched ahead as it approached the technical timeout. Kailee Stock produced a thunderous kill for 13-15, but the Rams would enter the break with the lead a point later. McMaster kept itself within striking distance and tied the game at 21 when Patricia Raso came up with a solo block on the left.
Ryerson moved into a late lead and edged the set 25-23 when a McMaster dig sailed wide.
The Rams carried that momentum into the fifth, and won five of the first six points of the deciding set before the Marauders called time. It was a deep hole to dig out of for the home side, and McMaster would never be able to fully recover, dropping the set 15-7.