The Marauder women’s volleyball team faced Ontario University Athletics rival Ryerson Rams in the final of the Mizuno-McMaster Thanksgiving tournament and the Rams won, 3-2, over the Maroon.
The Rams jumped out to an early lead in the first set and held a 22-16 edge when McMaster mounted a comeback to tie the set at 22-22. The teams then went back and forth, with each having chances to win before an errant pass on the Mac side allowed Ryerson to take the set 30-28.
Playing without middle Taylor Brisebois, who was injured in Friday’s semifinal, forced McMaster to juggle its line-up, but the Marauders showed grit and recovered in the second set to take it 25-18 to even the match.
Ryerson again jumped out to an early lead in the third set and held a 16-12 advantage at the technical timeout. The Marauders were unable to generate any momentum and the Rams closed out the set 25-18 to lead 2-1.
In the fourth set, McMaster took the early lead behind some solid serving from Maicee Sorensen to lead 4-0. Kierstyn Bakker also got into a serving groove to build the lead to 16-8 at the break. Sorensen continued to serve well and the lead went to 24-9, when the injury bug hit again and setter Kayla Ng went down with a lower body injury that took her out of the match. McMaster was able to close out the fourth set 25-10 to even the match.
The fifth saw Ryerson jump in front 8-3 before the Marauders closed to within 8-7 but a Ram timeout and subsequent Marauder service error cooled the Marauder momentum allowing Ryerson to take advantage and close out the match with a 15-11 score.
McMaster will get a quick opportunity for payback when it hosts Ryerson again on Oct. 19 in the OUA conference opener for both teams. Game time in the Burridge Gym next Saturday is 1 p.m.
Marauders Sophie Bukovec and Sorensen were named to the tournament all-star team.