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Rams trounce Lakers, tally fifth sweep of the season

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — The Ryerson Rams found themselves dominating yet another key matchup, taking a 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-12) victory over the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday afternoon at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Ryerson’s Theanna Vernon (Scarborough, Ont.) led the game with 13 kills and a .764 hitting percentage. Rookie Sam Cyrille (Scarborough, Ont.) made her first OUA start in the game as well.

The Lakers would take the first point of the match, but the Rams went on an impressive 10-point run early in the game. Ryerson would struggle on the serve receive just before the technical, still leading 16-8 lead midway through the set. Vernon’s offensive efforts would help close off the first for Ryerson as the Rams would take it 25-13.   

“We got off to a very strong start today,” remarks Rams head coach Dustin Reid. “That’s going to be something we want to continue moving forward throughout the season.”

Nipissing battled hard in the second set, siding out and capitalizing on Ryerson’s few errors. The Lakers themselves struggled on the attack; midway through the set, the Lakers totaled nine kills and nine errors through 39 attempts.

Lauren Wong (Scarborough, Ont.) would dish out an ace at the end of the set, helping the Rams to a 25-22 victory in the second.

The Lakers would give it their all through the opening points of the third set, fighting back and taking a 9-7 lead early on. The Rams would go on yet another dominant run midway through the set that lasted all the way until the final point, eventually taking a 25-12 set win and a 3-0 match victory.

Outside hitter Lauren Veltman (Brampton, Ont.) finished the game with 11 kills and five digs. Veltman says she was proud of the team effort today.

“I was very happy with our team performance,” says Veltman. “We were very fluid and everyone knew their jobs. We definitely got it done.”

The Rams will hit the court tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m., taking on the Toronto Varsity Blues at the Goldring Centre in Toronto.

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