McMaster’s volleyball teams started a back-to-back weekend with a trip to visit the York Lions on Friday night.

The women’s squad would find themselves a step or two down throughout the evening, never fully able to find their rhythm in Toronto.

They would drop the closely contested match to the Lions 22-25, 19-25, 21-25. While dropping the match, they halted their three-match winning streak and dropped to 3-3 on the season.

Both squads would struggle offensively. The Marauders would hold the Lions to just 27 kills against 26 errors, bur found themselves with a mirror image of that tally themselves on their way to the loss.

Maddie Lethbridge proved to be the Marauders’ most effective hitter on the night with eight kills, a solo block and four block assists for a team high 11 points.

As the teams went into the first set technical timeout, the Marauders found themselves eight points back of York, however, McMaster slowly worked their way back into the set. Rebecca Maxwell would get the visitors back to within two points with a pair of aces, but they were unable to come all the way back, allowing the Lions to take the set 25-22.

In the second set, there was little to separate the teams, that is until the Lions reeled off three consecutive points to carry the lead to the technical timeout after the Marauder were called for a double tap. McMaster started to close the gap following the timeout but got a little too eager and gave away a point to fall behind 18-23. Three points later, York would kill through the middle to take the set 25-19.

There were some encouraging signs early in the third set, allowing the visitors to take an early 5-2 lead. However, it was short lived as York erased the deficit and jumped ahead from there. With their lead swelling, it appeared the hosts were on their way to victory. That is until Maxwell returned to the service line for a big run.

Mac ripped off six straight points with the match on the line to even the set at 18, but the Lions were able to end it. With the set tied at 20, the Lions won the next four points, setting up set and match points, and it took just two tries to end the match with a block.

The loss to York is the first since November 24, 2013, snapping a six-match winning streak in the process.

For the men, the best way to describe their play on Friday night was “ruthless aggression” as they put together one of the best matches in recent memory, blasting past York.

McMaster improved their record to 5-1 with a 25-12, 25-13, 25-17 win over York and hit .328 as a team in a blistering offensive performance. The visiting team would commit just 10 errors while producing 29 kills on 58 attempts and hammering nine aces on the night.

On the other side of the court, the Lions were held to just 0.13 hitting as a group, with 23 kills and 22 errors, while committing a minus 10 from the service line with four aces and 14 errors.

Nathan Delguidice, who made his return to the lineup last week following an injury, led the way with nine kills on 18 attempts against three errors. He added an ace, a solo block and a block assist for a match high 11.5 points.

Matt Passalent would also hit the double-digit mark on Friday with seven kills, three ages and a block assist for 10.5 points.

McMaster set the tone early, racing out to a 7-1 lead and sent the Lions to an early timeout. Following the timeout, the Marauders took nine of the next 14 points to send the teams to the technical timeout. From there they continued to accelerate, closing out the set on a Lions service errors for a 25-12 win in the set.

It was much of the same in the second set as the Marauders turned to some off-speed offence to extend rallies and built up a 13-4 lead, sending York to a timeout. Coming out of the timeout the Lions had regrouped and started to come on, but the visitors were doubling up the hosts at the technical timeout and did not slow down, taking the set 25-13 on Craig Ireland’s spin serve which painted the back line.

The Marauders jumped out to another early lead in the third set, doubling up the Lions at the technical timeout. While holding a 22-17 lead, Dave Preston was forced to use a timeout as his men in maroon started to look vulnerable late in the match. But McMaster responded right away and ripped off the next three points to end the match.

Both the men and women will be back in action on Saturday evening when they host the Toronto Varsity Blues at the Burridge Gymnasium with the women kicking it off at 6:00 OM and the men getting underway around 8:00 PM.