TORONTO – Lucas Coleman and Brendan Kewin combined for 38 kills to lift the Ryerson Rams men’s volleyball team to a huge five set victory (25-27, 25-20, 25-19, 24-26, 16-14) over the York Lions at the Tait McKenzie Centre Saturday afternoon.
The win tasted of sweet revenge for the Rams after dropping a 3-0 decision to the Lions earlier this season. From the first touch, the Rams showcased a level of execution that was destined for victory and by doing so, accomplished their 4th straight win.
The first set saw the Rams take a convincing 16-9 lead at the first technical timeout. The ball was shared throughout the front line with the focal point receivers being Coleman and Kewin. Setter Adam Anagnostopoulos even chimed in with a kill of his own on a play set up by Taylor Jordan.
The Lions rebounded from their sloppy start and returned with a stellar run of their own in the first set. A string of three straight York kills and a service error by the Rams ignited the Lions and got them to within two at 17-15.
The Rams began to feel the pressure from the surging Lions after star hitter, Alex Duncan-Thibault, began to heat up for kills. The Rams and Lions traded points in the final moments of the set, but back-to-back attack errors by the Rams gifted the Lions an opening 25-27 first set victory.
The second set proved to be all Rams as Coleman took complete control of the game with seven kills through the set. The Rams forced the Lions to press on a number of opportunities in hopes of making another comeback, but errors proved to be the difference as the Rams stormed back with a 25-20 second set victory.
After another lopsided 25-19 win by the Rams in the third set, the Lions found themselves down 2-1 heading into the fourth. With their backs against the wall, the Lions came up huge edging out the Rams in a 24-26 thriller.
Duncan-Thibault and Spencer Kingzett combined for nine kills in the fourth set and were essentially unstoppable despite the Rams best efforts. Duncan-Thibault and Kingzett traded kills in the final five points to lead the Lions back for a 24-26 fourth set victory.
The Rams and Lions battled back and fourth to the final point until a Kewin kill and a Lions’ attack error finally sealed the deal as the Rams defeated the Lions in a thrilling fifth and final set for a fourth straight victory.
The five-set affair was the third time the Rams needed a full five sets to win in their past five games. The win improved the Rams to 7-3 on the year and gives them a four-point lead over the Nipissing Lakers for first in the East.
The Rams are scheduled to face the Lakers next Saturday in what will be an entertaining affair. The game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. at the Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre in North Bay.