Fans that attended Saturday’s exhibition volleyball match between the McMaster Marauders and Jastrzebski Wegeil were treated to some great sets.

Friday night’s play was good but on Saturday the teams turned it up a notch, putting on a show that led to a five-set thriller with the Marauders coming out on top 24-26, 27-25. 23-25, 25-11, 15-12.

Jastrzebski started Saturday’s match the same way it had started the night before by taking the opening set. However, this time the back and forth affair saw the Polish squad force extra points before they got the won off an attack error.

The second and sets was much of the same as the teams battle back and forth without building a huge lead before the other came back. This time, though, it was Jastrzebski who forced extra points before an attack error gave McMaster the set point in the second. But the third set saw Jaztrzebski take the set for a two to one set lead.

The first three sets had a razor thin margin for each win which helped produce an amazing atmosphere on the court and in the stands with the exciting play.

However, the fourth was much different at the Marauders controlled the play. Up 12-8 in the set, he Marauders would go on to score the next six points with Tyler Pavelic serving up a pair of aces to help put his team up by 10. The teams would then trade points but a service error by Jaztrzebski and then Thomas Williams serving up three more points, Mac tied the match at two sets each, forcing a fifth and deciding set.

Even though McMaster jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the deciding set, everybody in the building knew the match was not even close to being over. And they were right as Jaztrzebski chipped away, getting within a point of the Marauders, forcing them to take a timeout. The timeout helped as Mac scored four of the next six points to take the match, sweeping the two match weekend series.

For McMaster, Matt Passalent once again put on his own clinic, scoring 22.5 points in the match with a match high 17 kills while leading his squad with four solo blocks. Andrew Richards would also score double digit points, posting 13 in the victory.

Jaztrzebski Wegiel had four players that posted double digit points on the scoreboard on Saturday. Leading the way was Dawid Nabialczyk with 19 points, 15 kills and four solo blocks. Wojciech Szwed (17), Krystian Walczak (12), and Wojciech Kraj (10) were the others to score double digits.

After the game, Mac’s Tyler Pavelic and Jaztrzebski’s Nabialczyk were named players of the game for their respective teams.

Prior to the afternoon affair, Jaztrzebski Wegeil’s cadet club and select Team Ontario youth players took to the court and they also put on a five-set thriller which saw the Polish side come out on top.

Jaztrzebski will play a few more games on their tour of Southern Ontario as they face the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Monday evening and will follow it up later in the week with matches against Redeemer College and Brock University.

For the Marauders, they get back to OUA action on Saturday, January 12 when they host the Windsor Lancers at the Burridge Gymnasium.