The McMaster women’s volleyball team started slow but finished strong and defeated the Windsor Lancers 3-1 to complete a Marauder Weekend sweep in Ontario University Athletics play on Sunday (Jan. 12).
The win moves McMaster into possession of second place in the OUA West ahead of Windsor.
The first set looked like McMaster had taken the four-hour bus ride as the Lancers jumped in front 10-5, and led 16-12 at the technical timeout. At that point the Marauders found their legs and rallied to grab their first lead at 19-18. The teams jostled for advantage from there, with McMaster able to complete the comeback and take the set 25-23.
The second set played out fairly even until Mac’s Maicee Sorensen got into a serving groove and McMaster went in front 16-14 at the technical break. Coming back onto the floor after the timeout, Sorensen rolled her ankle during the next series and had to leave the match. Losing their outstanding rookie middle seemed to take some steam out of the Mac attack and Windsor took advantage to grab the lead and eventually the set, 25-22, to even the score.
Set number-three was another close one with Windsor holding a 16-14 lead at the technical timeout. In a reversal from the previous set, Sorensen came back onto the floor after the timeout and gave the team a boost. McMaster was able to take the third set 25-22.
Not wanting to extend the match more than necessary, McMaster came out strong in the fourth set and opened up an 11-5 lead. Windsor fought back to get within a point but trailed 16-14 at the timeout. From there Taylor Brisebois and Sorensen both got going from the service line and the Marauders closed out a 25-16 win to take the match.
McMaster got a very solid team effort as setters Amanda Weldon and Kayla Ng spread the ball around, allowing Brisebois, Sophie Bukovec, Mira Krunic, and Lauren Mastroluisi to all hit double-figures in points. In a tough choice, Mastroluisi was chosen as the BIG MAC player of the game. Windsor’s Mackenzie Coyle was the Lancers’ BIG MAC on the day with 11 points.
Next home action for the 8-5 Marauders is Sunday, Jan. 26 when they face first-place 9-4 Guelph at 1 p.m. in an important match. It’s also the annual DIG FOR THE CURE match in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.