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5 Rams hit career highs in resilient win over York

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — The no. 4 Ryerson Rams kicked off 2019 with an incredible four-set effort, taking a 3-1 (25-21, 25-27, 25-11, 25-15) match win against the York Lions at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Saturday.

Five different Rams established new career highs in the victory: Cailin Wark (Georgetown, Ont.) with 18 kills and 18.5 points, Brett Hagarty (Aurora, Ont.) with 21 digs, Lauren Wong (Scarborough, Ont.) with 48 assists, Sara Piana (Ottawa, Ont.) with 14 kills and 15 points, and Demetra Maragos (Vancouver, B.C.) with 16 digs.

The first two sets followed a similar script; neither team could establish a lead until the very end. Fortunately for the Rams, their consistent offensive efforts began to pay off in the third and fourth sets.

The Rams would finish the game hitting at a .280 percent efficiency, tallying a season-high 58 kills through four sets.

Ryerson’s Wark would lead the team through their attacking efforts in the match, surpassing her previous career high of 15 kills (established on November 11, 2016) and giving the Rams a strong option on the front end of the court.

Wark says the team maintained confidence in their abilities throughout the entire match.

“Both teams came out really strong in the first set,” says Wark. “We battled through unlucky side outs in the first and second. In the third, we kept our composure and played the way we knew we could.”

Piana also played a crucial role in Ryerson’s victory today, coming in late in the first set and tallying 14 kills in the match. Her consistent attacking helped swing momentum by way of the Rams, says head coach Dustin Reid.

“We got a lot of scoring from both Sara and Cailin,” says Reid. “Sara specifically coming off the bench and winning us a lot of points affected York more than anything else.”

The 3-1 victory also marked the best defensive game for the Rams this year as the team tallied a season-best 77 digs.

The Rams will be back in action next Saturday, January 19, as they host the Nipissing Lakers at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.

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