The McMaster men’s volleyball team welcomed the Nipissing Lakers to the Burridge Gym for the first time and handed the Ontario University Athletics newbies a 3-0 defeat in the final conference game of the season. Mac will ride a 19-1 record into the playoffs. The 5-14 Lakers have one game remaining.
Saturday (Feb. 8) was also senior recognition night for the men in Maroon, who had clinched first-place in OUA with Friday’s win over York. Prior to the match, presentations were made to Mac seniors Brendan Dennis, Austin Campion-Smith, Jori Mantha, and Tyson Alexander.
McMaster showed the proper respect to the Lakers, who will not make the playoffs in their first OUA season but look like they have a bright future as the roster is very young. The Marauders used a very balanced attack and took the opening set 25-16.
Mac coach Dave Preston tinkered with his line-up in the second set, but the Marauders were still able to take the lead and carry it through to win 25-19 and take a two-set lead.
The Lakers seemed up for this match with the top-ranked team in Canada and made McMaster work for every point in the third set. The Marauders led 16-10 at the technical timeout but the Lakers were able to fight back and tied the score at 18. Not wanting to extend the match any further than necessary, McMaster got some big swings from Mantha, Alexander, and Stephen Maar and closed out the set and the match 25-20.