Mac rally falls short in volleyball

McMasterThe McMaster Marauders dropped a 3-1 match ((18-25, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25) to the host Guelph Gryphons in Ontario University Athletics volleyball play on Friday (Nov. 15).

Rookie middle Maicee Sorensen was McMaster’s leading scorer in a losing effort, collecting 12 points with seven kills, two aces, a solo block and four block assists.

Meanwhile, the Gryphons were led by the duo of Madison DeDecker and Rebecca Breau, who scored 17.5 and 15 points respectively.

Guelph embarked on a four-point run to open a 11-7 lead in the first set, and McMaster was unable to make up the deficit. DeDecker sealed the set for the hosts with a kill for 25-18.

Another run of nine consecutive points had the Gryphons ahead 9-1 to open the second set, but the Marauders steadily dug themselves out of that early hole. By the technical timeout, Guelph’s lead had dwindled to just two points at 16-14, and McMaster tied the set two points later when Kierstyn Bakker’s shot found the floor.

The Gryphons retook the lead, and were on the verge of a second-set victory at 23-20 when the Marauders reeled off five consecutive points to snatch it away. Mira Krunic oversaw the turnaround from the service line, and claimed set point with an ace.

Where the second had seen a number of momentum swings, the third set was neck-and-neck until the midway point, with Guelph carrying a one-point lead into the technical timeout at 16-15. The Gryphons built on that advantage, however, and led 22-17 after a wayward attack by McMaster’s Joanna Jedrzejewska.

The Marauders staged a late surge to draw within two points, but couldn’t close the gap any further.

A seven-point Gryphon run gave the hosts a decisive lead in the fourth, as they opened a 15-9 advantage. Once again, McMaster mounted a late comeback attempt, and won six of seven points to draw within two when Caitlin Genovy notched an ace. But with Guelph enjoying a third match point, DeDecker successfully killed to bring the night to an end.

McMaster will look to bounce back when it welcomes the Brock Badgers to the Burridge Gym on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17). That contest is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.