The McMaster Marauders men’s volleyball team finished their North American Challenge on Monday in Long Beach, California with a pair of matches.

Unfortunately, the Marauders would lose both matches which were best of three sets.

In the afternoon match, Mac fell in straight sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-23 to the University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Marauders saw many of their reserve players start and play in the afternoon where they were credited with 40 points. Of the 40 points McMaster would score just 18 points on their own. Leading the way was Mateusz Wlodarski with six points while David Doty had 12 assists.

In the final match of the exhibition the Marauders took on the Long Beach State 49ers.

This time it was the regulars that took to the court who looked more like the team that was dominant during the 2017-18 OUA season but still falling short. Long Beach State would take the match two sets to one with set scores of 26-24, 20-25 and 15-12.

Nathan Delguidice was the only Marauder to score double digit points with ten. Matt Passalent, who is getting back into action after missing much of OUA play in the first half of the season, posted 9.5 points. Pearson Stiller would post a whopping 25 assists in the match.

The Marauders would see their hitting percentage reach .237 on the night.

McMaster will return home to Hamilton to prepare not just for the second half of the OUA season but two more exhibition games as the Marauders host Polish volleyball powerhouse Jastrzebski Wegiel at the Burridge Gym on Friday January 4 and Saturday January 5.

The Polish club is a professional team in Poland’s top-flight league. Jastrzebski Wegiel currently sits in third place in Poland’s Plusliga standings with a 10-3 record and have qualified for the European Volleyball Conference (CEV) Champions League. Joining the pro team will be their youth squad which will face off against a select Team Ontario junior team before the senior match on January 5.

Tickets for both matches can be purchased at marauders.ca/tickets, with packages for both matches available for $10 for adults and $8 for children.