WINDSOR, Ont. - It wasn’t pretty but the Ryerson Rams men’s volleyball team hung on and avoided heartbreak by defeating the Windsor Lancers in five sets (21-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-23, 15-13) at the St. Denis Centre in Windsor Saturday afternoon.
The Rams showcased a number of identities throughout the match and experienced what it was like to dominate and get dominated throughout the five-set thriller. They battled with a number of unforced errors and missed opportunities, and made it rather difficult for themselves to walk away victorious.
Veterans Lucas Coleman, Adam Anagnostopoulos and Brett Whitley were key contributors for the Rams and were just too much to handle for the Lancers Saturday.
The Lancers shocked the Rams early with a convincing 25-21 first set victory but returned for the second set looking rather complacent for a 16-25 loss. They rebounded with a 25-23 third set win but went on to drop the remaining two sets and evidently suffered their fifth straight loss this season.
The Rams Lucas Coleman had a career night, setting career highs with 25 kills and 30.5 points. Coleman now sits second in the OUA with 4.24 kills-per-set and first with a total of 106 kills this season.
Brenden Kewin had one of his best games so far in this young season and finished second on the team with 12 kills. Whitely and Uchenna Ofoha rounded out the attackers with nine kills each. Whitely, specifically, finished the match 9 of 14 and was the most efficient hitter for the Rams with a .571 kill percentage.
Lancers’ Brad Gyemi and Adam Child were a handful for the Rams with their effective play on the block and attack. Gyemi put up a team best 17 kills with Child not far behind with 12. The Rams headed into this match well aware of the Gyemi factor. He’s been the Lancers number one option all season long and is responsible for nearly half of the teams’ total kills. The Lancers went to him a game high 55 times and the Rams eventually slowed him down in the final two sets en route to victory.
With the win the Rams improve to a game above .500 and move to 4-3 on the season. Their win Saturday has them sitting in second amongst a tough East division with eight points.
The Lancers however remain winless to start this season and dropped to 0-5 on the year. They currently house the basement of the West Division.
The Rams next game is scheduled for Friday, November 25th as they host cross-town rivals the Toronto Varsity Blues at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on OVA Club Day.