PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men’s volleyball team averted surprise danger Saturday night by stringing together three straight set wins after dropping the first in order to beat the Trent Excalibur 3-1 (19-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-23) in Peterborough.
The Excalibur stormed out of the gate and caught the Rams off guard in the opening set with a 19-25 win. After winning just two sets through their first 10 games on the season, the Excalibur now have three set victories in their last four games.
The Rams returned with a vengeance in the following two sets with back-to-back 25-15 set victories. With a 2-1 lead and the fourth set on the way, the Rams were poised to walk all over the Excalibur en route to victory.
However, the Excalibur refused to go down without a fight. The Rams used their star power in the likes of Uchena Ofoha and Lucas Coleman to evidently finish off their opponent, but it came down to the wire. After the Excalibur jumped out to an early lead, Ofoha and Coleman powered the Rams forward to close out the Excalibur for a 25-23 fourth set win.
Coleman finished with a game-high 18 kills on the evening. Brendan Kewin put together an efficient evening also for the Rams with a .375% kill efficiency.
With the victory, the Rams continue to sit atop the OUA East with an 11-5 record for 22 points. The York Lions and Queen’s Gaels remain right in the mix with the Lions second with 20 points and the Gaels in third with 18 points on the season.
The Excalibur fell to 0-14 on the year with the loss and sit last in the OUA East and still remain in search for their first win on the year.
The Rams return home next weekend for their final homestead of the regular season. The Guelph Gryphons come to town Friday night with the Waterloo Warriors scheduled for Saturday evening.