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People say that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. For the McMaster Women’s Volleyball team, this saying is certainly true.
They are, as Head Coach Tim Louks calls it, “coming to want” instead of coming to work.
“They want to be at practice. They want to perfect that passing technique. That’s not fun stuff. That’s just repetition,” said Louks. “They all want to be better passers and they want to touch the ball better. They want to master the details.”
Fifth-year captain and outside hitter Lauren Mastroluisi understands the importance of details.
“We are so prepared for every team that we play against. We are studying them hard; we know individual and team stats,” said Mastroluisi. “I honestly don’t think we can study teams more than we do right now.”
This high-level preparation has translated itself well.
Two preseason tournament titles, a 6-1 record, and consistent appearances in the CIS Top Ten are on the resumé of the McMaster Women’s Volleyball team a month and a half into their season. Their only loss was a five-setter on the road at Guelph — a team that they beat in the Thanksgiving Classic in Burridge. Since the Guelph loss, McMaster has won 15 of its past 16 sets and is on a five-game winning streak. The team wants greatness and is willing to put in the work to attain it.
You could say they’re on a roll. They’re even doing it with a little swagger.
“Oh yeah. You should’ve seen Rebecca Steckle. She had career-high numbers against Western. She’s bringing a little energy, a little swagger to that whole thing, but not arrogantly,” Louks said. “It’s fantastic to watch. I think her attitude is representative of our team and I think we’ve got something special.”
“We do have swag. I think it’s sort of a confidence. We’re not cocky. It’s a quiet confidence that we carry around with us. We have such a talented team and we know that, but that Guelph loss humbled us and we’ve used that as an extra kick to get us back on track,” said Mastroluisi.
McMaster knows they have a lot to play for and that opponents have a target on them. This seems to be the case for both the men’s and women’s teams. In the latest CIS Top Ten poll, McMaster and Toronto were the only two OUA teams at No. 9 and No. 4, respectively. McMaster is also currently atop the OUA West.
“100 percent I think this team has what it takes to win the OUA. We have so much potential this year to do well,” said Mastroluisi.
McMaster heads to Kingston this weekend to play Queen’s (Nov. 27) and RMC (Nov. 28) for their last games of 2015. Both matches start at 6 p.m.
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