Marauders unable to get untracked in women’s volleyball

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

The Marauders had no answer for the Laval Rouge et Or on Friday (Feb. 28), falling in three straight sets in their Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s volleyball quarter-final match.

Set scores were 25-15, 25-20 and 25-19 for the fourth-seeded Rouge et Or, who advance to play the defending champion UBC Thunderbirds in a Saturday semi-final. With their loss, the Marauders will meet the host Regina Cougars in a consolation semi-final on Saturday.

Sophie Bukovec led the Marauders with 11.5 points in a losing effort, including 10 kills. Middle Taylor Brisebois chipped in seven points, and libero Carly Heath had a team high of 14 digs.

Laval led early and often on Friday, but an encouraging attacking run from McMaster saw the Marauders close to within four points at 10-14 in the opening set. However, the Rouge et Or immediately re-established their grip on the set, and would go on to win 11 of the next 16 points to seal it.

Once again, the Marauders found a way to hang tough midway through the second, and the Rouge et Or took only a slim lead into the technical timeout with a wipe through the middle for 16-14. But as they did in the first, the Rouge et Or pulled away late to clinch the second and take a 2-0 overall lead when an attack from the right successfully wiped down.

There was no comeback to be found against a steady Laval side, and the Rouge et Or calmly rode out the third set en route to a six-point winning margin and a sweep on the night.