For one Marauder volleyball squad it was a painful, heartbreaking five set loss while the other experienced a joyful match with the Toronto Varsity Blues.

After a road loss on Friday night, the lady Marauders looked to rebound on Saturday at the Burridge Gymnasium against the fourth ranked Blues. They would go on to play a five-set thriller with Toronto, coming away with a five-set loss in a thriller.

McMaster spread the offence around, seeing four hitters notch nine kills each in the loss with Hailey Kranics, Jessie Nairn , Marina Vesovic and Rebecca Maxwell all hitting the mark.

Kranics would lead the Marauders with 16 points, adding two aces and five solo blocks to her kill count while Nikolina Malic played in her first full game, coming away with 34 assists.

It all started slowly for the home side, who were behind by nine points at the technical timeout. However, Kranics got the ball at the service line and proceeded to rip off seven straight points to move within two of Toronto.

While the Marauders built up a lot of momentum with the run, it was short lived as the Blues answered with their own run, taking nine of the final 11 points to take the set 25-16.

The tables were turned in the second set when Nairn went on a service run, posting six points on the scoreboard around the technical timeout, taking a 19-11 lead. The Blues would comeback and pull within four. Each team would then put up three points before McMaster clinched the set on their fourth opportunity.

Mac once again found themselves behind at the beginning of the set, but they turned it around at the midpoint to take a 16-14 lead into the technical timeout. Toronto fought back to tie it at 19 before the Marauders put together another late run and seize control of the third and the over all lead, eventually winning the set on a Malic ace.

While they could have tucked their tails and run, the Blues regrouped and took a commanding 14-6 lead in the fourth set. By time the teams made it to the technical timeout Toronto held a six-point advantage which swelled to eight moments after the timeout.

The Marauders would pull within four but was unable to make up any more ground on the Blues and saw the visitors force a fifth and deciding set.

That fifth set was evenly matched but was decided by a late run that gave Toronto a 14-11 lead. McMaster would dodge a couple of bullets, but Alina Dormann tooled the block for the final kill.

Like the women’s match, the men put on an entertaining game, but it didn’t take as long as the men in maroon dispatched the number nine ranked Toronto Varsity Blues in straight sets.

McMaster completed the perfect weekend by winning all six sets played over the course of two days, taking Saturday’s contest 25-18, 25-17, 25-21 to improve to 6-1 on the season and hand the Blues their first defeat of the campaign.

Nathan Delguidice led the Marauders with nine kills in the victory, doing so on 21 attempts with just four errors while adding an ace and four solo blocks for a match high 14 points. Not far behind him was Matt Passalent who notched eight kills while hitting two aces and adding a solo block. Rookie Wojtek Krai had a career evening offensively, converting five kills and posting two solo blocks.

The Marauders wasted no time coming out of the gates fast, scoring six of the first eight points, carrying a 16-13 lead into the technical timeout. They later would go on a 4-1 run to bring up set point but had to wait just a little bit before they closed out the set.

Another quick start vaulted the Marauders to a 7-3 lead which then ballooned to six at the technical timeout. With little pushback from Toronto, the hosts ended the second set quickly with three consecutive points to take a two-sets to none lead.

With two sets wrapped up, the Marauders looked for the third and were well on the way to capturing it as they jumped out to a 10-5 lead which great to 16-10 at the technical timeout. The Blues would push back and pull within two of the Marauders, but they could get no closer. Ireland would finish off the game with Ireland making the final kill of the game and ending the night.

The Marauders will conclude the fall portion of their schedule on Saturday, November 23 when they host the Waterloo Warriors.