HAMILTON, Ont. (from McMaster Marauders) — For a second consecutive day, the Marauders men’s volleyball team found themselves in tough against a motivated opponent in a foreign gym.
Digging deep and relying on their offensive leaders to carry the burden, McMaster came through a four-set (25-17, 16-25, 28-26, 25-22) victory over the York Lions to extend their OUA winning streak to 13 matches Sunday.
The U Sports eighth-ranked Marauders were put to the test, in a match which saw the two teams earn identical totals of 66 points.
Ultimately, it was McMaster’s opportunism under pressure that saw them through, exemplified in the decisive fourth set, when the Marauders reeled off six consecutive points while trailing 22-19 to snatch the set, and the match, from the Lions.
Once again, the attacking threesome of Andrew Richards, Brandon Koppers and Matt Passalent led the way for McMaster, with Richards posting a match high tally of 17 points that included 11 kills, an ace and five blocks.
The third-year opposite Passalent knocked down a match-high of 15 kills, while Koppers answered with 13 of his own.
There was little separating the two teams on the afternoon, with each accounting for 13 blocks and York hitting 48 kills and 27 errors to McMaster’s 47 and 26 respectively.
Where the Marauders were able to create some separation was the service line, where their -5 differential (six aces and 11 errors) bested the Lions -8 (five aces and 13 errors).
McMaster returns to Burridge Gym for a matinee encounter with the OUA West’s second seed, the Western Mustangs on Saturday, February 17. That match will get underway at 2:00 pm EST.