Marauders pick up third straight volleyball win

The CIS no. 2-ranked Marauder men’s volleyball team was firing on all cylinders in a straight-set win over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday.

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

McMaster gave Toronto, and the Burridge Gym audience, a full display of its skills in the Ontario University Athletics match-up. The Canadian Interuniversity Sport No. 2-ranked Marauders played a devastating brand of volleyball to roll past the Varsity Blues in straight sets, 25-15, 25-12, 25-20.

Outside hitter Jayson McCarthy had a game-high 12 points for the 3-0 Marauders, converting seven of 15 hitting attempts and adding two service aces, two solo blocks and two block assists.

McMaster played crisply from the opening rally of the afternoon, and took an 8-2 lead with an ace that forced Toronto to call an early timeout in the first set. The level of the Marauders’ play made the Blues’ mistakes all the more costly, and when Jake Dysselhof’s effort sailed long for 13-5, Toronto called its second team timeout.

Momentum was all McMaster’s, and the hosts showed no signs of slowing down as they charged toward the finish line in the first. Their clean set came to an end when Toronto’s Will Colucci was jammed by a pass and couldn’t clear the net with an attack.

The trend established in the first set continued in the second, as the Marauders led 10-5 after an emphatic kill down the line by McCarthy. His power was on display yet again, as he took to the service line and hammered down consecutive aces for 17-6. Toronto had no answer for the onslaught, as Alex Elliot tipped to the floor through the middle to complete a dominant 25-12 win for McMaster.

A few loose points from the Marauders to open the fourth set allowed the Blues to take their first lead of the match, as McMaster called time while trailing 6-3. The setback was temporary, however, and the Marauders had the lead once again when McCarthy went cross court with pace for 14-12.

Side-out volleyball prevailed as the fourth set wore on, and McMaster put a straightforward match to bed with a combo block for 25-20.