After coming off an encouraging pre-season run, one that the team had not been used to seeing, the Marauders were faced a familiar opponent in the OUA season opener.
Looking to administer some pay back against the Ryerson Rams was the main goal for the Marauders on the Oct. 19 match, which took place in Burridge Gym.
The start of the match was not exactly how the team planned to begin their journey to a win. The team fell viagra jelly for women behind early on with Ryerson taking a commanding 9-4 lead. At the technical timeout, the Rams continued to increase momentum as they crept up even further to a 16-5 lead over the Maroon and Grey. Ryerson would eventually close out the first set with a score of 25-13.
It was a different Marauder team seen to begin the second set as they took the lead this time with a score of 6-1. Their momentum would continue long into the final minutes of the second set as their marginal lead widened with the score sitting at 16-5 for McMaster.
McMaster would eventually get a bit of the payback they yearned for taking the second set 25-16 and tying the match at one a piece.
The third set would be the difference maker for either team, as it would put one of them ahead by one. The Marauders held on to an early 16-12 lead. After the technical timeout the Maroon momentum continued as they lead 19-17.
Ryerson started their comeback, pouncing on some passing errors from the Maroon contingent. The Rams would soon capitalize and take a short 21-20 lead. Ryerson would eventually regain their momentum and finish the set with a 25-23 win. Match now sat at 2-1 for Ryerson with the next set either giving a win for the Rams or the comeback for the Marauders.
With McMaster now trailing by one, this set would prove to be a crucial one for either team. The Marauders got in close, by a single point with the score sitting at 10-9. Ryerson would rev up their engines bringing the score in their favor with a 16-10 lead. Unfortunately, McMaster failed to make a comeback and fell to the Rams 25-16 in the fourth set, and lost the match 3-1.
Looking to the future of their season, it will be communication between players that will be a key component in helping the team to make and complete game winning plays.
“We are working on having constant communication from everyone on the team on and off the court,” said first-year player Melanie Walsh.
“Going into the season if we can have constant communication we all know we have the talent to compete for the OUA and CIS titles.”
A key player from the roster was missing against Ryerson, which could have proved to be a difference maker for the Marauder squad. Taylor Brisebois, a third-year middle blocker suffered an injury in the semifinal matchup against Waterloo is anxious to make a return to help out her Marauder hopefuls this season.
“I should be making a full recovery hopefully next week and then competing in the Toronto match here at McMaster,” said Brisebois.
With the hopes of key blocker Brisebois making a triumphant return to the squad the Marauders have their upcoming matches against Windsor and Western to use as the redemption they need to turn their season around.
The matches are set for this weekend, with games taking place on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 before the team will make a return home to Burridge Gym to face the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Nov. 2.