The McMaster men’s volleyball team remained undefeated in Ontario University Athletics play and kept the Royal Military College winless by defeating the visiting Paladins 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-16) on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17) in Hamilton.
The Marauders set the tone for the match early by jumping out to a 9-3 lead in the opening set. McMaster coach Dave Preston tinkered with his line-up against the Paladins, getting some of his reserves some valuable game experience. The men in Maroon did not let up and grabbed a one-set lead with a 25-11 win.
The second set saw RMC raise its intensity level and the Paladins held a 9-7 lead, before McMaster began to make its move. At the technical timeout the Marauders were in front 16-13 and had all the momentum. Behind some strong serving from Jayson McCarthy and Danny Demyanenko, McMaster closed out the set 25-17.
Now up by two sets, Preston made use of his bench in the third and the Marauders raced to a 9-2 lead and were up 16-4 at the technical timeout. The Paladins competed gamely, but the deficit was far too great to overcome and McMaster secured the match in straight sets with a 25-16 win.
McMaster is now a perfect 6 and 0 in OUA play and sits No. 2 in the national top-ten.
The BIG MAC player of the game was setter Andrew Kocur, who made his first start of the year. Kocur had 26 assists, while also making 4 digs and serving two aces in a strong all-round performance. The Marauder offense got a 17.5 point effort from Brandon Koppers and Jayson McCarthy chipped in with 14.5 points that included 3 service aces. RMC’s player of the game was Tom McMullen, who led his team with 6.5 points.