By: John Bauer
After another perfect weekend, the only thing that has slowed the men’s volleyball team’s ascent farther ahead of the pack in the OUA standings is their bye week.
They started the weekend off Saturday in downtown Toronto against the
Ryerson Rams. The Rams managed to take them to 28 points in the second set, but still fell in three, 25-15, 28-26, 25-22. As usual, examination of the score sheet shows several strong performances by the Marauders and many zeroes for the opposition.
Stephen Maar and Dany Demyanenko led the McMaster attack, with eight and seven kills, respectively. Kevin Stevens and co. patrolled the back court, digging the ball 21 times throughout the game. Jayson McCarthy provided a solid mix of attack and defense, picking up nine points, behind only Jimenez’s ten.
On Sunday, McMaster’s tallest traveled just up Yonge Street to take on the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Though the venue was different, the result was much the same, as McMaster once again won in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23. Stephen Maar and Kevin Stevens would lead the offense this time, with nineteen kills between them, while Stevens and Daniel Groenveld led the team in digs. Tyson Alexander joined in with 11 points, two off of Maar’s team high.
The week ahead has the Maroon facing off with the 1-4 Guelph squad on Friday night, in a game originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Sunday brings a clash of the OUA titans, as McMaster plays the only other undefeated team, the Waterloo Warriors, in a potential championship preview. Fans will want to make their way to Burridge gym well before the 3 p.m. start time to get the best possible seats for what promises to be a memorable game.