The Marauders headed to Windsor for a Sunday volleyball tilt with the Lancers and came away with mixed results.

A common theme occurred in the women’s match. If you held a lead at the technical timeout, you didn’t win the set.

The women got off to a rough start in their match, allowing Windsor to score eight of the first ten points in the opening set. However, they would chip away at the lead and start to swing momentum their way just prior to the technical timeout.

Following the technical they would eight of the next ten points to take a 19-18 lead. Windsor would keep it close, but McMaster would take the first set 25-22.

The second set saw the Marauders race out of the gates, taking a 13-4 lead with the help of Hailey Kranics’ serves. When the teams reached the technical, McMaster held a 16-12 lead which then evaporated to see Windsor take the second set 25-22.

In the third set, it was the exception to the rule in regard to the technical timeout swing. Windsor went on a 10-0 run to open the set and at the technical held a 16-5 edge on McMaster. The Lancers then cruised the rest of the way to take a two-sets to one lead in the match.

Windsor once again came out fast for the fourth but allowed the Marauders back into it, allowing them to push the set into extra points. Tied at 26, the Lancers took the next two points to take the match and move McMaster to 0-2 on the season.

McMaster would hit close to 29 percent in the opening set but just shy of 13 percent over the final three quarters. Jessie Nairn would lead the way for the Marauders, scoring 16 points and 14 kills while Maddie Lethbridge wasn’t far behind with 13 points and 12 kills in the match. Brenna Peacock would lead the way with 3 blocks for McMaster and Zoe Mackintosh had 18 digs in the loss.

For the men, it was a different story as they picked up a victory in straight sets, yet it wasn’t easy.

David Doty opened the match serving to help gain seven points for the visiting squad before a blocking error gave Windsor their first point and the ball. They didn’t keep it long though as Nathan Delguidice made his second kill of the set to regain service.

After a timeout with Mac leading 11-1, the teams traded points with no team scoring more than two consecutive points the remainder of the set which saw the Marauders win it 25-18.

The second set was much of the same with McMaster taking a big lead early and the Lancers chipping away at it. After the technical timeout in the set Windsor really turned it up and not only cut the lead but evened the score at 24. However, an attack error and a Bennett Swan kill gave McMaster the set 26-24.

It was evenly matched in the third set as the teams were tied at eight early in the set. That is when McMaster took control with Connor Santoni serving, taking the next six points. While Windsor looked to chip away the deficit, they could not get closer than four points as the Marauders took the third and final set 25-20.

Andrew Richards led all Marauders with 21.5 points with Delguidice posting 20 points of his own. Both Richards and Delguidice would team up for 36 of the team’s 48 kills on the afternoon. Doty showed that he loves apples, racking up 40 assists in the victory.

Both teams will use this week to prepare for Friday’s home opener at Burridge Gym when they host the Queen’s Gaels. The women’s match will get under way at 6pm and the first serve for the men going at 8pm.