By: John Bauer

When the CIS released their preliminary top 10 women’s volleyball rankings for the year, noticeably absent amongst the contenders was last year’s OUA champion McMaster Marauders. The team responded to being left off the rankings, winning both of their weekend matches in straight sets.

The Marauders began their title defence Friday with their home opener against the Western Mustangs. The game was never really in doubt, as the Marauders won in straight sets 25-17, 25-20, 25-16. Returning outside hitters Joanna Jedrzejewska and Lauren Mastroluisi carried the bulk of the offensive load for McMaster, more often than not set up by Caitlin Genovy. Taylor Brisebois and Maicee Sorensen pitched in with 10 and 9.5 points from the middle court, respectively. To top off the evening, rookie Katie Zutautas got into her first OUA game and made her mark with a service ace.

It was more of the same Saturday when the Windsor Lancers visited Burridge gymnasium.  Jedrzejewska exploded for 20 points, and the trio of Jedrzejewska,  Brisebois, and Mastroluisi ravaged the Lancers defence for four service aces each. The Maroon and Grey cruised to a 25-23, 25-9, 25-12 victory, holding Windsor to a 0 percent conversion efficiency in the final two sets of the game.

The Marauders face their first real test on Oct. 25 in Ottawa versus the no. 4-ranked Gee-Gees, no doubt looking to rebound from a 0-2 start. Volleyball fans can catch the action via live stream on OUA.tv starting at 2:00 p.m.

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