Two Marauders who were ‘on the ball’ all weekend, have earned Athlete of the Week honours at McMaster.
Jori Mantha, a third-year outside hitter from Vanier, Ontario, had a monster weekend as he led the Marauders to the 2013 Ontario University Athletics men’s volleyball championship.
In the Friday (Feb. 22) semi-final against York, Mantha paced the Marauders to a 3-0 match victory with 16 points, on an ultra-efficient hitting percentage of .765%. He was named player of the match for the Marauders.
In the OUA final against Western, the graduate of Glebe Collegiate Institute stepped up his performance and registered an outstanding 28 points and 25 kills in the gold medal match to lead McMaster to a 3-1 victory.
Mantha was named the MVP of the OUA championship tournament for his outstanding play over both nights.
Danielle Boiago is a first-year guard from Hamilton but played like a seasoned veteran in guiding the McMaster women’s basketball team to a pair of playoff victories.
In the OUA West quarter-finals, Boiago was Mac’s leading scorer in an 81-51 victory over Guelph. She dropped 17 points on the Gryphons, making 6 of 10 field goal attempts, including an outstanding 5 of 7 from beyond the three-point arc.
Moving on to the OUA West semi-final versus Brock, Boiago picked up right where she left off against Guelph and powered the Marauders to a 73-67 win over the Badgers.
The St. Thomas More grad scored a game-high 30 points, shooting 11 of 19 from the floor and making 6 of 12 three-point shots. With 30 seconds left in the game, Boiago drained a long three-pointer to give Mac a four-point lead at 71-67, making it a two-possession game and then hit two late free throws to clinch the victory after Brock twice failed to score.
In the two playoff wins, Boiago shot a blistering 58.6 % from the floor and made 58% of her three-point attempts, while averaging 23.5 points per game.
She was also named the OUA’s Female Athlete of the Week.