Marauders keep one step ahead of Badgers

The McMaster women’s volleyball team evened its Ontario University Athletics record with a clutch four-set victory over the visiting Brock Badgers on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17). Mac took the match with sets scores of 25-21, 25-22, 13-25, and 25-19

(Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

In the opening game. the Marauders allowed Brock to jump into an early 6-3 lead, but used a balanced attack to move in front 16-14 by the technical timeout. Outside hitter Sophie Bukovec ran off seven straight points from the service line, including two aces, to help the Maroon build the margin to 22-14, with McMaster eventually taking the set 25-21.

The second set saw the Badgers keep pace with McMaster who had a slim 16-15 advantage at the technical timeout. Coming out of the break, Brock took a 22-20 lead and looked like it was headed to evening the match. But the Marauders rallied behind some solid defense and consistent serving to run off the last five points of the set to win 25-22.

Now leading by two sets, McMaster seemed to take its collective foot off the gas pedal and the Badgers took advantage of some sluggish play by the Marauders. Brock raced out to an 8-2 lead and led 16-9 at the technical timeout. The margin grew to 24-10 before Brock finally closed out the set 25-13.

But the fourth set saw a reversal of form by McMaster and it was the Marauders who came out with the strong start, jumping in front 9-3 and leading 16-8 at the technical timeout. Brock made a run in the set but could only get as close as 21-15, and eventually McMaster closed out the set and the match with a 25-19 win.

The victory evens McMaster’s OUA record at 4 wins and 4 losses while Brock went to 3-4.

The Marauders got a big match from Sophie Bukovec who scored 18 points, and was named the BIG MAC player of the game. Marauders Maicee Sorensen with 12.5 and Kierstyn Bakker with 9.5 points respectively, also had solid efforts while setter Amanda Weldon had 33 assists and spread the ball around well.

Brock’s Sherise Power was the Badgers’ player of the game with 12.5 points.