Mac Falls to Western in Four to End Season

Photo by Rick Zazulak

Seeing the Western Mustangs for the fourth time this season, the Marauders came out on the losing end of the rivalry Saturday, falling in four sets in a U SPORTS consolation semifinal at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Set scores were 25-17, 19-25, 25-16 and 27-25 in favour of the Mustangs, who advanced to Sunday’s consolation final with the victory. The Marauders, meanwhile, saw their time in Toronto come to an end.

The duo of middle Alicia Jack and outside Aleks Arsovic led Mac with matching totals of 11 points in a losing effort, while libero Carly Heath had a team high of 19 digs in limited deployment.

OUA West Player of the Year Kelsey Veltman was the match’s top scorer, with 21 points including 19 kills, while opposite Aja Gyimah followed with 19.5 and middle Candice Scott had 15.5.

Slow out of the gate in the opener, the Marauders found themselves in a timeout just six points into the match, having dropped five of those six. They responded well to the break, and tied things at 13 apiece when Western’s scramble defence couldn’t clear the tape. The Mustangs re-established a lead at the technical timeout, when Candice Scott brought down an ace.

From there, the Mustangs calmly held on to their advantage, and Scott struck again to kill on set point for 25-17.

Mac worked to reverse their fortunes in set two, and forced a timeout from Western when a kill from the right gave them a 14-10 lead. Storming back to within two points, the Mustangs induced a Marauder timeout at 17-15 after a misjudged decision on the line, but that was as close as they would come in the second. The combination of setter Caitlin Genovy and middle Alicia Jack came up with a block on set point, and Mac took the second 25-19.

Grabbing momentum early and carrying it throughout the third set, the Mustangs held a 16-10 lead at the technical timeout after an ace, and forced another timeout a point later after Jedrzejewska could only find the antenna. The set was over in fairly short order, and Western sealed it with a block as Mac’s Jill Eisenhauer found herself buried on the right wing for 25-16.

The fourth set saw the teams neck-and-neck throughout, with Mac holding a one-point lead at the technical timeout after Western’s Veltman pushed an attack long of the back line. A Marauder set point was erased when Veltman went off the block, and that was the last chance McMaster got, as Scott killed through the middle for 27-25 and sent her team through to Sunday’s consolation final.

Source: McMaster Athletics

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