Rams seniors get the job done against the Warriors
TORONTO - Hitting Coca-Cola Court for the last regular season contest of their careers, the graduating players for the Ryerson Rams women’s volleyball team ensured that it was a game to remember. Fifth year Veronica Livingston (Kelowna, B.C.) racked up 18 kills and Kristine Yan (Markham, Ont.) added six to lead the Rams to a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-9, 25-21) over the Waterloo Warriors at the Mattamy Athletic Centre Saturday afternoon.
Another efficient performance by Ryerson’s offence was the difference in this one. Rams’ setter Kate McIlmoyle (London, Ont.) kept the Warriors guessing and gave her hitters a number of great looks. She finished with 34 assists and was a big reason why her squad hit 27%.
Ryerson got off to yet another slow start and needed to claw their way back into the opening set. Down 19-16, a serving streak by McIlmoyle that included an ace put the Rams up 20-19 and gave them some momentum. The two sides continued to trade points before a service ace by Ryerson’s Theanna Vernon (Scarborough, Ont.) put the Rams up 24-21. An attack error by Waterloo during the next rally gave Ryerson the opening set 25-21.
The Rams continued to roll in the second set. A couple of kills by Livingston, a big swat by Cailin Wark (Georgetown, Ont.) and a number of attack errors by the Warriors quickly put Ryerson up 7-0. Leading 14-8, the Rams scored the next eight points and cruised to the 25-9 victory and 2-0 advantage.
Things were much more competitive in the third. The two teams traded punches in the early stages and Waterloo went to the technical timeout up 16-15. Impressive offensives performances down the stretch by Livingston, Lauren Veltman (Brampton, Ont.) and Vernon helped Ryerson pull away though. Up 24-21, a gorgeous kill by Yan down the line ended the set and the match.
The Warriors’ Claire Mackenzie finished with seven kills in the losing effort while Casey Clunas and Sammie Gwozdz each collected five. Twenty-four kills and 17 errors by Waterloo resulted in a hitting percentage of 8.3%.
The win extends the Rams’ winning streak to three and boosts their record to 14-4. They remain in second place in the OUA East division behind the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (17-0). The Warriors, on the other hand, fall to 8-9.
The Rams will wrap up the 2016-17 regular season on Saturday, February 25th when they fly to Thunder Bay, Ont. to take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves (4-14).
NOTES: Livingston, Yan and Becky Zeeman were honoured before the first serve of the match for their careers at Ryerson… The broadcast of the game was the first half of The Takeover on Rams Live (the student broadcasters that cover all of the Rams’ home games). Every member of the crew, from the camera operators to the commentators, was female… The 18 kills Livingston put up is the most she’s collected in a three set match this season.