It was only fitting that on Seniors’ Night the McMaster Marauders’ veteran players took control in leading the team to a 3-0 sweep of the Windsor Lancer on Saturday night.
Fourth-year outside hitter Kailee Stock had 14.5 points – including 13 kills and only four errors on 31 hitting attempts – and fifth-year middle Shannon McRobert chipped in 11 points with five total blocks in the Marauders Ontario University Athletics win at the Burridge Gym.
Set scores were 25-15, 25-13, 25-19 as McMaster (8-7) won its second match in as many nights and pulled into a tie with the Western Mustangs for fifth position in the OUA standings.
The Marauders got off to a quick start on home court, exploiting the Lancers’ struggles to receive serve. Stock was showing off her full arsenal of shots from the outside, and when her smartly chosen roll shot found the floor from the left, McMaster took a 16-9 lead into the first set technical.
The Lancers frequently appeared gun-shy on the attack in the opening set, made tentative by the Marauder blockers in front of them. When Shannon Dean’s attack from the left clattered into the tape, McMaster took a 22-15 lead and forced their visitors to call time. Windsor would not score another point in the opening set.
The trend continued in the second, as Amanda Weldon began to exploit the Lancers through the middle of the court, finding McRobert on both quick and slide options time and time again. It was one such quick that left Windsor rooted in place and brought the teams into the second set technical with McMaster once again leading 16-9.
The home side kept the pressure up as the set raced to a conclusion, and it was Stock who put away the decisive point for 25-13, guiding a high ball skyward over a double block and tooling the Lancers’ hands.
McMaster coach Tim Louks, enjoying a two-set lead, inserted a number of substitutes to begin the third, and Windsor initially looked to take advantage. The Marauders’ passing appeared to suffer from the personnel changes early, and the Lancers took a 16-14 lead at the technical timeout as a result.
But McMaster slowly chipped away as Windsor again proved unable to reliably return serve, and the Marauders shot ahead in the final points of the third. Fittingly, it was McRobert who provided the last point, finishing off a loose ball in the middle for 25-19.