The Rams (3-13) are ninth in the conference, and will miss the playoffs for the third-straight season. They are coming off a straight-sets defeat at the hands of the McMaster Marauders, who avenged a five-set loss to the Rams back on November 4 at Kerr Hall Gym.
Luka Milosevic has been a bright spot for the Rams in his fourth and final season. The Toronto native and outside hitter has averaged 3.9 points per set (pps), ranking him second in the OUA. He is amongst the conference's best in aces as well as kills per set, while rookie Alex Dawson is also putting together a strong campaign in his rookie season. The Scarborough, Ont. product is second on the team with 2.6 pps, while Roman Kabanov (Toronto) has 2.0 pps.
The Rams will face York (7-9) on Saturday. The Lions have clinched seventh-place and the last playoff spot in the standings, but have an opportunity to pull ahead of Guelph (9-9) with two games remaining in the year, making Saturday afternoon's game an impactful one. York gave themselves the opportunity with a big five-set win over the Gryphons on the road last Saturday. Ray Szeto leads the Lions with 3.0 pps, while three other Lions are currently averaging 2.5 pps on the year. The Lions swept Ryerson in straight sets (25-18, 25-15, 25-16) at Kerr Hall Gym on November 26 in the teams' first meeting.
The Varsity Blues (4-12) will join the Rams and the winless RMC Paladins (0-18) as the non-playoff teams this season. This is Toronto's second-straight year not making the post-season. Mitchell Woodside tops the Blues and is seventh in the conference with 3.6 pps, while Jake Dysselhof is averaging 3.0 pps this season. Toronto got by the Rams in four sets (25-27, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14) at Ryerson on November 27.
"We would like to finish the season on a positive note," said Head Coach Mirek Porosa. "We really have to focus on our side and cut down on unforced errors and make better decisions. Many times we put ourselves in (good) position to win sets, but we have problems capitalizing on that. Our goal this weekend will be to improve in that department."
The Rams will travel north of the city to face York at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday before ending their season against the Blues on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.