McMaster's volleyball teams took a quick trip North Bay to take on the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday afternoon.

For the second straight match, the Marauders women’s volleyball team swept their opponents, this time defeating the Nipissing Lakers.

While it seemed like it was all Marauders in the match, the teams were actually evenly match with McMaster taking it 25-20, 25-19, 25-21. The difference was the Marauders outhitting the Lakers .283 to .010 in the contest with the visiting squad connecting with .524 of their hits in the middle set.

The Marauders jumped out to a 6-2 lead early in the first set before the home side evened it up at six after an attack error. As the teams approached the technical timeout, the momentum had swung to Nipissing who lead 16-13 at the break.

Nipissing took four of the next seven points to gain a 20-16 lead before handing the ball back to the Marauders on a Shannon Lebreux service error. From there, Kamila Haase served out the set with Jessie Nairn making three kills over the final eight points to take set victory.

The Lakers would jump out to a 9-4 lead in the second set which they would balloon to 13-7 before the Marauders posted the next seven points with Rebecca Maxwell serving. During that run, Nairn would make another pair of kills. When the teams hit the technical timeout, McMaster held a 16-14 lead.

Following the technical, the Marauders took full control with Nairn making three more kills and the team taking advantage of three Lakers errors which included the set point.

The third set saw each team take a two- or three-point lead before the other roared back to take their own lead. It was so close that at the technical timeout McMaster held a slim 16-14 lead before Hasse put the final dagger in the game with set and match winning kill.

Nairn led all scorers on the day with 15 points and posting 14 kills. Maddie Lethbridge and Hailey Kranics would also find themselves with double digit points on the afternoon, posting 10.5 and 10 points respectively while Maxwell was credited with 22 assists.

The victory is Marauders’ third consecutive to bring their record to 3-2 in the OUA West division, tying Guelph for second place.

The Marauders men’s volleyball team picked up their fourth victory of the season on Saturday afternoon.

McMaster defeated the OUA East leading Nipissing Lakers in four sets, taking the match 25-21, 24-26, 25-18, 25-19 to move to 4-1 on the season.

Matt Passalent and Nathan Delguidice would lead the Marauders with 19.5 each with Delguidice edging out his teammate on kills 16-15 on the afternoon. Passalent would also collect four of the team’s 10 service aces. Not to be outdone, Craig Ireland posted 11.5 points on eight kills, a service ace and five block assists.

Nipissing took an early lead in the first set before the Marauders took 1n 8-7 lead on an attack error by the Lakers. McMaster then built up a 16-9 lead as the teams hit the technical timeout. The Lakers would push back in the set but the lead that the Maruaders built up would hold for the set victory.

The second set provided a lot of the drama on the afternoon as the teams battled for the lead in the middle portion of the set. After going up 5-2 on the set, Nipissing tied it at five then saw the teams trade points back and forth with the Marauders leading by a point at the technical time out thanks to a Tyler Pavelic kill.

Both squads continued to trade points before the Lakers struck for four consecutive points to take a two-point lead, but a Josh Eckland kill, and a Ben Kerkhoff ace evened the set at 24. Nipissing would take the next two points on service error and a Liam Lidlow kill to even the match at a set a piece.

It was a slightly easier time for the Marauders in the third who took a 9-5 lead on back to back Delguidice kills and a 16-10 lead at the technical timeout. As the set moved along Nipissing looked to make a comeback but it was snuffed out and effectively ended as the Marauders reeled off four consecutive points to make it 24-15. Wojtek Kraj would finish off the set with a kill to put McMaster within a set of victory.

The fourth would go much of the same way as the third with McMaster controlling it after going down 4-1 early. After a Passalent kill to make it 7-6 for the Marauders, they would go on to hold the lead throughout the remainder of the set with Passalent making the final kill to end the match.

The win moves the Marauders two points behind the idle Guelph Gryphons who lead the OUA West at 5-0.

Both squads will be back in action on Friday, November 15th when they head to York University in North York, Ontario to face the Lions. The women's match will get underway at 6:00 PM and the men's around 8:00 PM.