Rams reign supreme in erratic sweep over Nipissing
TORONTO — In what can only be described as an erratic match, the Ryerson Rams battled hard and emerged with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-15) victory over the visiting Nipissing Lakers on Saturday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Ryerson’s Xander Ketrynski (Toronto, Ont.) led the team with ten kills in the game.
The Rams would show strong potential in the opening moments of the match, taking a 9-5 lead and excelling on the block. The Lakers fought back, though, tying the game at 10 and finding holes in the Rams’ defense.
The scrappiness of the game would kick in around this time, as several points for both teams were earned by errors or misplays. The Rams would capitalize on the serve-receive but found it difficult to close out the set; the Lakers would go on a six-point run and eventually tie the game at 24, but the Rams’ strong attacking kicked in as the team took a 26-24 win in the first.
“It’s easy to get complacent with yourselves during tight games like that,” says Rams assistant coach Gabe Harrietha. “Nipissing pushed us hard and neither team wanted to give up the first set. But, we took it and it set the tone for the rest of the match.”
The second set seemed to follow a different script. Nipissing started strong but neither team could gain a lead. A mid-set momentum swing by way of the Rams played out in favour of the home team, and there was no turning back there for the Rams. Ryerson would take their second straight set victory, this time by a score of 25-14.
The Rams’ dominant play continued through the third set. Ryerson would cruise their way to a 25-15 set-win, going on to sweep the match 3-0. The Rams finished the match with 15 errors, falling short of Nipissing’s 26 errors through three sets.
Vukets and Riley Anderson (Cambridge, Ont.) finished the game with seven total blocks each. Anderson says the teams’ defensive tactics were crucial in the win today.
“The blocks helped us gain control of the game,” says Anderson. “It got us and the team fired up. Greg and I are becoming closer as teammates, and I think that shows on the floor in our matches.”
The Rams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m., taking on the Toronto Varsity Blues at the Goldring Centre.