The Rams (2-0) got off to a quick start offensively as they recorded 17 kills in the first set. Ryerson was able to exploit an opening in the middle of the Warrior defence which helped them build a 16-12 lead at the technical timeout.
"Part of our game plan was when we were in trouble to tip right over the blocker in the middle and that benefitted us in the first set. I think that caused Waterloo to make adjustments and they never really settled on another defence", commented head coach Dustin Reid.
Waterloo used a strong right side attack to get back into the set and took their first lead at 22-21. The teams exchanged the next few points and a Chelsea Briscoe (Georgetown, Ont.) kill through a triple block gave the Rams a 25-24 edge. Waterloo sent the next attack long, handing Ryerson a 26-24 first set win.
In the second, Ryerson built an early 9-3 lead and never looked back as they went on to a 25-19 win. Strong serving from Veronica Livingston (Kelowna, B.C.) and Alex Whyte (Whitby, Ont.) helped the Rams build the lead while the Warriors committed several costly service errors.
The second set seemed to deflate the Warriors and Ryerson jumped out to another early lead in the third which they rode to a 25-13 win to complete the three set sweep.
Ryerson was without Emily Nicholishen (Whitby, Ont.) on the night but Jacqueline Hunter (North Vancouver, B.C.) stepped in admirably in her Ryerson debut. Hunter finished with six kills, eight digs, and a team-high two blocks.
"I was really happy with our play tonight. Emily wasn't able to go today but Jackie stepped in and played terrific and we bonded really well around her. She (Hunter) has been working hard and hasn't played in over a year and a half but played a big part tonight and got some key kills for us", said Reid.
The Rams played with confidence throughout the match and fought for every point, extending several rallies that looked like given points for Waterloo. Ryerson finished the game with 54 total digs compared to just 35 for the Warriors.
Chelsea Briscoe finished with a game-high 12 kills and had an impressive 57.9 kill percentage on the night. Chelsea Jensen (Georgetown, Ont.) also finished in double digits with 10 kills. Libero Krystyna Ng (London, Ont.) provided steady play in the back court posting a game-high 18 digs.
Leading the Warriors in the loss was Danielle Kamps (Vineland Station, Ont.) with nine kills and a game-high three blocks.
Ryerson returns to the court next weekend as they embark on their first road trip of the year. The Rams head to Kingston to take on the Queen's Gaels on Saturday, November 3 for a 12:00 p.m. start. Ryerson will then battle the RMC Paladins on Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m.
The Rams next home game is Saturday, November 10 against the McMaster Marauders at 12:00 p.m.