Photo by Hung Le

Rams Prevail in Offensive Showdown with Thunderwolves

By Stan Temming

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - A career night for Jade Griffiths (Windsor, Ont.) was the highlight for the Ryerson Rams women’s volleyball team in a 3-1 victory (20-25, 25-23, 25-10, 25-20) over the Lakehead Thunderwolves at the Thunderdome Saturday night. With Veronica Livingston (Kelowna, B.C.) unable to make the trip up north, Griffiths made sure to take advantage of the opportunity she was presented.



The third year outside hitter had 14 kills and 13 digs to lead the Rams in both categories. Before her big night, Griffith’s career high for kills was six and seven for digs.

The performance of Theanna Vernon (Scarborough, Ont.) was nearly as impressive. Squaring off against one of the best blockers in all of U SPORTS in Lakehead’s Jessica Korchak, Vernon displayed why she’s the most efficient hitter in the country. The third year middle racked up 12 kills and no errors on only 15 total attacks. On top of that, she added a service ace and 2.5 blocks to finish with 15.5 points.

Cailin Wark (Georgetown, Ont.) added nine kills while Kate McIlmoyle (London, Ont.) finished with 42 assists.

On the other side of the net, the Thunderwolves’ Kailan Robinson led all players with 20 kills and 15 digs. Olivia Bowman added ten kills and Jennifer Hammerton put up 48 assists.

The victory in their regular season finale boosts Ryerson’s record to 15-4. It’s the first time in program history that the Rams have finished a season with 15 victories. The team has collected 14 wins twice (in 2012-13 and again in 2013-14).

Lakehead falls to 4-15. They remain at the bottom of the OUA West division.

Ryerson ends the 2016-17 regular season second in the OUA East behind the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (19-0). They’ll host an OUA quarterfinal match against the Guelph Gryphons (12-7) at the Mattamy Athletic Centre next weekend. More details about that game will be provided when they become available.

NOTES - Vernon’s spectacular regular season finale bumps her kill percentage to .389. That number officially makes her the most efficient hitter in U SPORTS this season. It’s the second straight year that she’s posted the highest regular season kill percentage in the country… Vernon also finishes the season third in U SPORTS in blocks per set (1.28)... Both offences were clicking in this one. Oddly enough, each team collected 54 kills and 11 errors. The Thunderwolves’ kill percentage was slightly better though because they had 113 total attacks compared to the Rams’ 116 (38.1% compared to 37.1%).



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