A team in transition to open the 2018-19 season, the young Marauders have undergone a stern examination through two matches of OUA play.
Having dropped its opening match in Toronto in heartbreaking fashion, McMaster saw another lead slip through its collective fingers Sunday in Windsor, dropping three sets in succession after winning the first to fall to 2-0 at the hands of the Lancers.
The Marauders continued to struggle offensively in the loss, hitting just .171 as a group and committing nine more attacking errors than their opponents while accounting for one fewer kill.
Three McMaster players hit double digits in the point column, with right side Jessie Nairn leading the way with 16 points from 14 kills, an ace and a pair of block assists. Left sides Maddie Lethbridge (13) and Kailan Robinson (10) also eclipsed that mark on the afternoon.
Enjoying their cleanest and most successful set in the first, the Marauders hit .289 and committed just six errors en route to a 25-22 score, drawing first blood in the contest. But as their success rate dropped, their struggles mounted on the scoreboard.
After both teams battled through a scrappy second set, which Windsor won 25-22 to level the match, the Lancers pieced together a spotless offensive set in the third with 11 kills and no errors, winning it by a 14-point margin.
The fourth was a set chalked full of momentum swings, where the Marauders trailed 19-14 before a furious comeback saw them vault ahead 25-24 and enjoy a set point. That opportunity passed the visitors by, and after successfully turning aside two match points for Windsor, McMaster conceded the third on a kill from Lexi Pollard.
NEXT UP: The Marauders return home to the Burridge Gym for their OUA home opener on Friday, November 9. That match will get underway at 6:00 p.m.
Source: Fraser Caldwell