Taylor Brisebois of the women’s volleyball team, and Lionel Sanders of the men’s cross-country team are the McMaster Marauders Pita Pit Athletes of the Week for the period Nov. 4-10.
Sanders was on top form Saturday, leading the Marauder men’s cross country team to its best finish at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships since 2000, as McMaster finished fourth.
The fourth-year senior scored first for his team, placing tenth after completing the ten-kilometre course at London’s Thames Valley Golf Club in a time of 31:52.8. His finish inside the top 14 earned Sanders Second-Team All-Canadian honours alongside fellow Marauder and second scorer Blair Morgan.
Saturday’s result was Sanders’ best showing at the CIS final, and an improvement on his Ontario University Athletics championship finish of 14th.
Brisebois returned to the Marauder lineup after suffering a pre-season injury, and immediately made her presence felt. The third-year middle paced McMaster to consecutive victories over the Lakehead Thunderwolves, as the Marauders levelled their conference record at 3-3 and moved within striking distance of the OUA West-leading Windsor Lancers.
Brisebois notched nine points in her team’s first match of the weekend on Friday, converting six of 11 hitting attempts (54.5 per cent) and adding an ace and four block assists as McMaster swept the Thunderwolves in straight sets. A day later, Brisebois took on an even larger role, leading the Marauders with 14 points on 11 of 19 hitting (42.1 per cent), one ace, one solo block and two block assists. She was named as the Big Mac Player of the Game for her efforts.