Lauren Mastroluisi produced a breakout performance to pace the Marauders women’s volleyball to a four-set defeat of the Nipissing Lakers Friday (Nov. 22) in Ontario University Athletics.
The third-year outside hitter led all scorers with 18 points, converting 14 of 37 hitting attempts versus just three errors (29.7 per cent) and adding four service aces. Mastroluisi also led her team – and the match – with 16 digs.
Third-year middle Taylor Brisebois was the other Marauder to enter double digits in scoring, putting up 12 points on nine of 16 hitting with three errors (37.5 per cent) and three solo blocks.
McMaster improved to 5-4 on the season with the victory, momentarily leapfrogging the Guelph Gryphons into second position in the OUA West standings.
The visiting Marauders got off on the right foot Friday, playing a clean first set en route to a win by a large, 10-point margin. With only two hitting errors in the set, McMaster converted on 25 per cent of its attempts in the first. Nipissing, meanwhile, struggled to a negative percentage with 10 errors to nine kills.
The host Lakers battled the Marauders point-for-point in the second set, and pulled into the technical timeout with a 16-14 lead when Brisebois’ attack landed wide. But McMaster exploded out of the technical timeout having installed Kayla Ng at setter, and embarked on an 11-2 run to win the set. Rebecca Steckle put the finishing touch on the impressive streak, firing an ace for 25-18.
Nipissing took hold of a lead midway through the third set, and held it to 16-12 at the technical with the help of a four-point streak. That gap closed to two points, but the Marauders would get no closer, as the Lakers reeled off another four-point run to extend their lead to 21-15 when Ng was called for a double touch. Nipissing sealed the set and cut its deficit in half when Kierstyn Bakker’s attack went wayward for 25-20.
After a tight opening to the fourth, McMaster took what would be a decisive lead with an eight-point run that carried the Marauders into the technical timeout. Mastroluisi had taken to the service line, and scored two aces as McMaster led 16-9 at the break. There was little fight left in the Lakers, as they mustered just four points while the Marauders raced to the finish line. Mastroluisi fittingly scored the final point of the match killing from the left for 25-13 and 3-1.
The Marauders return to action on Sunday (Nov. 24), when they travel to Toronto to face the undefeated York Lions. That game gets underway at noon.