HAMILTON, ON – The Lakehead University women’s volleyball team came dangerously close to their first win of the season, but were instead eliminated in five sets, 25-21, 16-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-6 by the McMaster Marauders. In a game that saw Lakehead execute a game plan for the longest stretch so far in the regular season, the Thunderwolves’ efforts eventually fell short in the 5th and deciding set.
Jorie Daymond came up big in the Sunday afternoon affair, scoring 21 points (18 kills, 2 aces and 1 stuff block) and digging 11 balls. Claire Morrison was also coming up with big defensive plays, digging up 13 McMaster attacks. McMaster’s Shannon McRobert led her team with 17 points (10 kills, 4 blocks and 3 aces).
Lakehead coach Chris Green said, “Again this afternoon we had a very good gameplan. When everyone listens, does their job and COMMITS to it we can succeed. We had to control Shannon McRoberts from Mac. We had to dictate when she could be set. The girls did it and did it well. We had solid performances from all players and especially offensively from Jorie Daymond. Brittany Macleod and Michelle Cournoyer did a great job controlling the middle. The 5th set showed us we still have work to do. We let the game come to us and that is not how we got to the 5th set.”
Moving forward, Green notes, “Now we will see if this team has figured this out – what it takes to have a chance to position yourselves for a win. York is next and they are the hands down best team in OUA. We look forward to the challenge at home.”
The women have their home opener versus York this Friday, November 11, at 7:00 pm in the Thunderdome.