By Fraser Caldwell
Much as they had a night earlier, the Marauders found their form in fits and starts Saturday, and paid for their inconsistency on the scoreboard.
McMaster rolled through the second set but struggled elsewhere, and suffered a 3-1 loss (23-25, 25-15, 25-27, 18-25) to the Windsor Lancers to fall to 0-2 at the conclusion of the opening weekend of the OUA season.
Reception continued to be an issue for the Marauders, who were aced 17 times in the match and saw their opponents enjoy a plus-seven ratio from the service line.
Outside hitter Jessie Nairn served as Mac’s high-usage hitter yet again, and collected a team high 14 kills on 39 attempts versus six errors (.205), while adding two aces and a block assist for 16.5 total points.
She was helped by a promising offensive night from rookie middle Ellie Hatashita, who had eight kills on 13 attempts with just two errors (.462) in her most extensive deployment to date.
McMaster out-hit Windsor over the course of the four-set match, with a .197 hitting percentage versus the Lancers .106, but was victimized at the service line, both in committing 16 errors and having recurring issues with the first pass.
NEXT UP: The Marauders travel to Kingston on Friday, November 1 to take on the Queen’s Gaels in a 6:00 p.m. encounter at the ARC. That match will be webcast live and on demand at OUA.tv.