Rams reign victorious in difficult matchup with Toronto
TORONTO - In one of their most difficult games yet, the Ryerson Rams took a 3-1 victory over the highly touted Toronto Varsity Blues, remaining undefeated through six games in the 2017-18 regular season. The result handed Toronto their first regular season loss since February of 2015.
Ryerson dropped a very close first set to the Varsity Blues by a score of 25-21, and it was clear that the Rams saw some of the best and most competitive volleyball they’ve seen to date this season against Toronto.
The Rams made a few adjustments heading into the second set, winning by a slim margin of 26-24. As the game continued, Ryerson seemed to settle into the court, their confidence increasing with each passing rally.
Ryerson would dominate the third and fourth sets, winning the rounds 25-20 and 25-16 respectively, and claiming a 3-1 victory in the game.
Though the Rams saw a win in this seemingly close matchup, coach Dustin Reid says the team could have been better.
“I thought we didn’t control the ball all that well in our first and second contacts,” said Reid after the game. “We were a little too quick with it, and we weren’t putting our hitters in positions to be aggressive. I don’t think we played our best volleyball, but we showed some character, and that’s a good step against such a good team like Toronto.”
Libero and fifth-year senior, Julie Longman (Newmarket, Ont.), tallied a season-high 28 digs on the matchup tonight. Longman said that the team can learn from today’s victory against Toronto.
“We didn’t play our best,” said Longman, “which is great knowing that we can still play better moving forward. It just gives us a boost of confidence and the belief that we can do it for future games and even against other teams that we play.”
Looking ahead, the Rams will play their final two games of the 2017 calendar year against Waterloo and Guelph next week.
“There are a lot of things we need to get better at,” said Reid. “As far as the result [today] goes, at this point in the season, it’s great to be pushed and great to be challenged the way we were today.”