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Rams struggle to make ends meet against Toronto

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — The Ryerson Rams found themselves unable to match the Toronto Varsity Blues’ strong attacking and defending on Friday night, dropping a 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 22-25) game to their Toronto rivals at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Leading the charge for Ryerson was none other than Xander Ketrzynski (Toronto, Ont.), who tallied 18 kills and four digs through four sets against Toronto.

The Varsity Blues’ strong and efficient attacking gave the visitors an edge in the match; Ryerson found themselves unable to kill or block as well as Toronto, falling behind in three of four sets tonight.

The opening set saw both teams playing at an equal pace until the technical timeout. Toronto would gain momentum after three consecutive Ryerson errors, pulling away with a 25-19 win in the first set.

The second set saw a change in dominance as the Rams would manage to control their errors and take a dominant 25-17 win over Toronto to tie the game at one.

The roles were reversed yet again in the third; Toronto would lead 16-9 at the technical, continuing their efficient attacking all the way until the 25th point.

Ryerson was, unfortunately, unable to flip the script in the fourth set. Though a late-game push saw the Rams give it their all, Toronto benefitted from several close calls and eventually took a 3-1 match victory alongside a 25-22 win in the set.

Rams coach Niko Rukavina says the team followed the game plan tonight but couldn’t match Toronto’s intensity through four sets.

“Our game was a little frustrating at times,” says Rukavina. “Toronto played very well. We didn’t do an adequate job of fighting back when they hit us, and we definitely have to work on that moving forward.”

The Rams will hit the road tomorrow night, taking on the Trent Excalibur at 8:00 p.m. in Peterborough.

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