Marauder women make it four straight in volleyball


McMasterThey’re on a roll.

The McMaster women’s volleyball team racked up its fourth straight win in Ontario University Athletics, handing the host Waterloo Warriors a 3-2 loss. The Marauders were down 2-1 in sets before rebounding to take the match, 25-16, 15-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-10. The win gives the Marauders a 9-5 mark and moved them to within four points of the West Division leading Guelph Gryphons with a match in hand.

Maicee Sorensen led a balanced offensive effort on Friday night (Jan. 24). The rookie middle had a team-high 14 points, converting 11 of 17 hitting attempts against just one error (58.8 per cent) and adding a total of three blocks.

Contributing to the victorious night were Mira Krunic, who finished with 11 kills on 30 attempts two aces and a block assist and Sophie Bukovec, who also broke into double digits with 10.5 points.

McMaster opened with a comfortable first set, in which the visitors hit for 31 per cent and outpaced the Warriors by nine points. But Waterloo struck back immediately, stifling McMaster’s offence and easily clinching the second set. The teams settled in for a prolonged battle in the third, which the host Warriors took by two points to put the Marauders on the ropes.

McMaster dug in facing elimination in the fourth set, and polished off a 25-19 frame to level the match and send it to an abbreviated fifth. Joanna Jedrzejewska notched the match-ending kill for Mac’s 15-10 decision.

McMaster returns home on Sunday (Jan. 26) to meet the division-leading Gryphons at the Burridge Gym. That match is slated to get underway at 1 p.m.