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Rams fall to Mustangs in 2018 opener

By Christian Ryan

TORONTO - Despite outstanding performances by the youngest contingent of the Ryerson Rams roster, their 2018 home opener resulted in a 3-0 loss to the Western Mustangs at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Friday night.

Ending their 2017 campaign with their first loss of the season, the Rams came into the second half with a clear drive to return to their winning ways. This was exemplified by a strong and close performance in the first set, electrifying the crowd and keeping neck-and-neck with a strong Mustangs team. While Zach Underhill (Barrie, Ont.) impressed at libero in his third showing this season, the Rams’ defence wasn’t able to stop a final kill by Bryn Ramsay (Whitby, Ont.) to put away the first and closest set, 25-23.

From then on, the Rams would spend much of the match trailing. Despite strong performances by Jordan Baric (Mississauga, Ont.) and Marko Milenkovic (Toronto, Ont.), each putting up OUA career highs of 9.5 and leading much of the Rams’ offensive opportunities, the Mustangs would begin to pull away early without looking back come each technical timeout. The Rams would lose the second and third sets at 25-13 apiece.

The loss sees the Rams lose their hold of the top of the OUA East standings, as they now hold a tie with the York Lions at 12 points apiece. This has the Rams tied for second overall in the OUA, as Western leaves the win also at 12 points.

Tomorrow, the Rams return to the court to host the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in their second matchup of the season for OVA Day. The first showdown of 2017 between the teams saw the Rams leave the Blues’ court with a 3-0 blowout. Now, 8 p.m. on Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, the Rams will look to complete the sweep.

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