“He pushed what was best for me,”: The Marauders reflect on the legacy of Dave Preston

In his final season as one of the greatest volleyball coaches in U SPORTS history, the McMaster Marauders reflect on the legacy of Dave Preston Continue reading “He pushed what was best for me,”: The Marauders reflect on the legacy of Dave Preston

Paige Vrolyk’s energy shines through on Seniors Night 

Hamilton, ON- When her senior’s night moment finally came, Paige Vrolyk tried to soak it all in. The McMaster Marauders fourth-year middle was surrounded by friends and family. She was honoured pre-game with a framed photo, surrounded by her family and head coach Tim Louks before she started the game against RMC. She and her fellow seniors were then honoured in the locker room after the … Continue reading Paige Vrolyk’s energy shines through on Seniors Night 

Peter Rugosi and Marauders push through grind to keep winning

Hamilton, ON- It was their third game in six days for the McMaster Marauders men’s volleyball team. This was following two five sets games against NCAA powerhouse Long Beach State.  Facing the Waterloo Warriors on Jan 18 in their first OUA home game of 2023, the Marauders were without outside hitters Sam Cooper and Maxime Gratton. The Warriors pushed them, keeping each set relatively close before … Continue reading Peter Rugosi and Marauders push through grind to keep winning

McMaster’s Emma McKinnon’s visualization comes true upon her return 

Hamilton, ON- When Emma McKinnon finally returned to the court, she called it super fun. In her first practice back, she wasn’t allowed to jump but she still enjoyed passing, playing defence and doing the other parts of the game.  After a while, the second-year McMaster Marauders outside hitter was full-go at practice. She was soon jumping and hitting as well. Her presence has been noticeable … Continue reading McMaster’s Emma McKinnon’s visualization comes true upon her return 

Marauders learn and grow in thrillers against NCAA powerhouse Long Beach State 

Hamilton, ON- Wojciech Kraj had played the Long Beach State Beach before. The third-year middle on the McMaster Marauders men’s volleyball team played the reigning NCAA finalists back in December 2019 – a 3-2 loss at Toronto’s Pan Am Sports Centre. The defending OUA champion Marauders have played the Beach before in the clash of men’s volleyball powerhouses but not since then. “I want to beat every … Continue reading Marauders learn and grow in thrillers against NCAA powerhouse Long Beach State 

“They can respond”: Marauders show resilience and find solutions to outlast Gaels

Hamilton, ON- There were moments of adversity for the McMaster Marauders women’s volleyball team during their two home games against the Queen’s Gaels on Dec. 2 and 3. Moments that required a response. They went to five sets both times – prevailing both times as well. However, there were moments. Errors, points lost, deficits faced. They were missing players on the court and those were on weren’t … Continue reading “They can respond”: Marauders show resilience and find solutions to outlast Gaels

“That killer mentality”: Marauders serve and finish strong to defeat Gaels twice 

Hamilton, ON- As the McMaster Marauders defeated the Queen’s Gaels on Dec. 2 and 3. to close out the first half of the OUA regular season, it was about serving and execution. The Marauders enters the winter break with a 10-0 conference record and a number two ranking in the U SPORTS Top 10. To get there, they battled the nationally-ranked Gaels at home.  In the … Continue reading “That killer mentality”: Marauders serve and finish strong to defeat Gaels twice 

How Ana Strbac’s McMaster career has come full circle with enjoyment, gratitude and a special connection

Hamilton, ON- Back when she was in grade 12, Ana Strbac went to the McMaster Marauders women’s volleyball end of year banquet in 2019.  Strbac was a recruit back then, about to enter her first season at McMaster – not knowing everything that would lie ahead of her. At the banquet, she remembers some of the graduating seniors talking about their experiences. “Saying, ‘oh on this … Continue reading How Ana Strbac’s McMaster career has come full circle with enjoyment, gratitude and a special connection

“You don’t have to rush anything”: Marauders learn virtue of patience in wins over Lakers

Hamilton, ON- Trailing 10-9 against the Nipissing Lakers in their first set on Nov. 26, the McMaster Marauders women’s volleyball team found themselves facing a common theme: unforced errors.  It was something that stood out in their loss to the Brock Badgers the previous weekend.  It was something they worked on throughout the week leading up to the two straight Nipissing games. It was something they worked … Continue reading “You don’t have to rush anything”: Marauders learn virtue of patience in wins over Lakers

“We’re a very gritty team”: McMaster battles for tough victories over Nipissing 

Hamilton, ON- On both occasions, when it looked like the McMaster Marauders men’s volleyball team was about to sweep the Nipissing Lakers in straight sets at home, the Lakers battled back.  McMaster ended up winning both games by three sets to one but the sets were close. Nipissing took the third set each time and came close to taking more.  In their first game on Nov. … Continue reading “We’re a very gritty team”: McMaster battles for tough victories over Nipissing