Marauders men maintain hot volleyball hands

The McMaster men’s volleyball team wrapped up the 26th annual Marauder Weekend with a 3-0 victory over the Windsor Lancers and improved the team’s first-place record to 12-0 in Ontario University Athletics. Set scores were 25-18, 25-21, 25-21.

(Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

As the top-ranked university team in Canada, McMaster knows it is a target and showed the proper respect to Windsor, which is fighting for an OUA playoff berth.

Tied at 10 in Sunday’s (Jan. 12) opening set, the Marauders moved in front 16-13 as the teams hit the technical timeout. Coming out of the break, Mac’s Stephen Maar had his spinner serve working well and the Maroon margin went to 19-13, leaving the Lancers with a big deficit. McMaster closed out the set 25-18 to take the lead in the match.

The second set saw the Lancers keep pace with the Marauders, trailing 16-15 at the break and getting even at 17-17. McMaster then scored three to grab the lead, forcing Windsor to a timeout. The Lancers were able to close to 21-19 but the Marauders seemed to answer every Windsor run and took the set 25-21.

Trying to avoid the sweep, the Lancers jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third set before McMaster tied the score 5-5. Trailing 15-14, it was Marauder Jayson McCarthy who got into a serving groove and the Marauders led 19-15 when Windsor called timeout. Rallying to tie the score at 20-20, Windsor looked poised to extend the match, but McMaster stepped on the gas and ran out to a 25-21 triumph to capture the match.

It was a very solid effort by the Marauders, who served exceptionally well as a team. Maar, McCarthy and Jori Mantha were consistent with their spin serves, keeping Windsor on its heels all day.

BIG MAC player of the game recognition went to Maar, who was a scoring threat from all over the court and played excellent defense. McCarthy was also outstanding on the day and led the Marauders with 16 kills, to go along with his strong service game. The BIG MAC of the game for Windsor was Greg Simone, who had 10 points to lead the Lancers.

The Marauders now play three consecutive matches on the road and are next back in the Burridge Gym on Sunday, Jan. 26 when they face Guelph at 3 p.m. as part of the annual THINK PINK effort to raise funds in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.