After some recent struggles in Ontario University Athletics, the McMaster women’s volleyball team played one of its best matches and defeated the visiting Lakehead Thunderwolves 3-0 (25-18, 25-16 and 25-16).
Both teams now have 2-3 records.
The Marauders welcomed Taylor Brisebois back to the line-up, as she returned from an injury suffered in the Marauder Thanksgiving Tournament. The third-year middle made a positive impact as the Mac defense at the net was outstanding on this night.
Lakehead jumped to a quick 6-2 lead to start the match, before McMaster rallied to tie the score up at 9-9. The technical timeout saw Lakehead ahead 16-14, but it was all Maroon from that point as the Marauders stepped up and outscored the Wolves 11-2 to take the set and grab the lead in the match.
The second set was similar as the teams were tied at 10-10 before McMaster grabbed the momentum with six straight points to lead 16-10 at the technical timeout. The Marauders continued to build the margin behind some strong defense and a diverse attack that had Lakehead guessing on where the next set was headed.
Now leading by two sets, McMaster took a 9-6 lead in the third, before Lakehead rallied to tie the score at 10-10. The Marauders then made another run and led 16-12 at the technical break. Coming out of the timeout McMaster got some good serving from Mira Krunic and Sophie Bukovec and closed out the match 25-17 to complete the sweep.
The top McMaster scorer was Bukovec with 12.5 points in a very balanced attack, while Krunic was outstanding on offense with nine points and defense with seven digs and was named the BIG MAC player of the match. Lakehead was led by Jorie Daymond with 12 points to earn her player of the match honours.
The two teams meet again on Saturday (Nov. 9) at 6 p.m. in the Burridge Gym to complete the season series.