It was a full team effort for the women in their match against the Western Mustangs on the volleyball court Sunday afternoon.

The Marauders built up a two-set lead before dropping a close third set but would hold on to take the fourth set to win the match by scores of 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22. With the win the ladies move into first place in the OUA West with a 4-1 record.

Coach Tim Loukas juggled his lineup all afternoon, using 13 different Marauders in the four-set match.

Errors were the difference in this match, as Western was a minus-eight from the service line while McMaster was minus-four. The Mustangs would also commit 27 attacking errors to Mac’s 19.

Middle Maicee Sorensen once again led the Marauders’ scoring with 16 points, including 10 kills, three aces and six block assists.

In the men’s match, McMaster would need five sets to knock off their rival to earn their fourth consecutive win, moving them to 4-1 on the season and into first place in the OUA West.

The Marauders would take the first two sets by identical 25-19 scores, then dropped sets three and four by matching 25-21 scores. In the fifth and deciding set Mac took the match with a 15-13 win.

Andrew Richards put up a game high 22 points with 20 kills while team captain Brandon Koppers put up 19.5 points along with 17 kills over the five sets. David Doty would lead all Mac players with 46 assists on the day.

McMaster’s volleyball teams will stay out on the road and complete their four-match road trip next Sunday afternoon when they head to St. Chatharines to take on the Brock Badgers. First serve of the women’s match is scheduled for 2:00 PM. The men’s match will follow half an hour after the women’s match concludes.

The cross country team ended their season at the U Sports 2017 Cross Country Championships in Victoria, British Columbia on Sunday.

Melissa Caruso would finish the 8km course the fastest for the Marauder at 29:55 to finish in 22nd. 12 seconds behind her was teammate Emily Nowak who crossed the finish line in 26th. Rounding out the first five McMaster runners to cross the line are Erin Mawhinney in 41st (30:32), Rachel Faulds in 46th (30:38) and Erin Snelgrove in 57th (30:58).

The women’s team finished the championships with 192 points, placing them in seventh. Going into the event the lady Marauders were ranked sixth in the country.

Entering the championships, the men’s Marauder team was ranked third in the country, On this day though, they would finish just three points shy of the podium behind the University of Laval.

Sergio Raez Villanueva was the fastest Mac runner to finish the 10km course at 31:44, finishing in eighth place. Joshua McGillivray and Max Turek would finish 17-second later in 18th and 19th place respectively. Rounding out the top 25 for the Marauders were Jeffrey Tweedle in 21st (32:04) and Jonathan Favero in 24th (32:05).