LONDON, Ont. – The Ryerson Rams men’s volleyball team dropped their first contest of the 2016-17 season after the Western Mustangs stole three straight sets (25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 14-25) to defeat the Rams 3-1 in London Sunday afternoon.
The Rams entered Sunday’s meeting with the Mustangs riding the momentum of a three sets to none sweep over the U of T Varsity Blues Friday night. Their strong play appeared to have carried over into the first set on Sunday after they forced the Mustangs to an eight error opening set that ended 25-19 in favour for the Rams.
The second set played out to be the polar opposite of the first with the Mustangs taking things 25-20. They finished the set with only three errors and 13 kills for the victory, while the Rams countered with 13 kills of their own but accumulated six errors in the second set loss.
The Mustangs continued with their prolific and strategized attack over the course of the next two sets, and combined for 25 kills on 58 attempts. The Rams fought to within spitting distance of victory in the third set, but fell by two points in a 25-23 final. The fourth and final set showcased much of the same for the Mustangs as they overpowered the Rams en route to a lopsided 25-14 game clinching set victory.
Lucas Coleman of the Rams continued his strong play to start this season with a game high 14 kills, but the Mustangs’ duo of Gavin Taylor and Bryn Ramsay were too much to handle with a combined 24 kills on 42 attempts. Chris Newcombe of the Mustangs was extremely efficient as well and finished with a .500% kill percentage after going 9 for 12 from the court.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 1-1 on the year and will look to get back into the win column when they visit the Queen's Gaels and RMC Paladins this Friday and Saturday. They then come home to Coca-Cola Court the following weekend for the first time this season in matches with the Nipissing Lakers and York Lions on November 11th and 12th.