QUEBEC -- The third-seeded McMaster Marauders advanced to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's volleyball final for the first time after a 3-0 win over conference rival University of Western Ontario on Saturday.
Set scores were 25-23, 27-25 and 25-21.
McMaster, the Ontario University Atheltics conference champions, will face the winner of the Laval-Brandon game Sunday. The Mustangs will face the loser of the second semifinal in the bronze medal match.
Outside hitter Jayson McCarthy won the player of the match award for the Marauders, while Alan Screaton earned the honour for Western.
"We didn't serve very well in the first set. We got lucky with some defence," said McMaster's head coach Dave Preston. "We started to pick up our serving in the second set and we served pretty well down the stretch."
"We were very familiar with our opponent. We knew that our game plan was pretty solid, but I was really proud with the way we executed."
The second set proved to be the turning point. Western held a 16-12 lead at the break, but couldn't hold on as McMaster came back to take a 2-0 lead.
"If we could have stolen this second set, we could have maybe turned the tide and created a good match," Western coach Jim Sage said. "I give full credit to McMaster, they played well, they executed a good game plan and we just couldn't keep up."