Badgers no match for Rams at home
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams men’s volleyball team seems to have things figured out since a disappointing trip to North Bay a couple of weeks ago. A 3-0 thrashing at the hands of the Nipissing Lakers may have been the wakeup call that the Rams needed though as they’ve won their last three games, including a 3-0 victory over the Brock Badgers (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) at the Mattamy Athletic Centre Saturday night.
Ryerson’s Lucas Coleman (Brooklin, Ont.) led all players with 14 kills and four service aces while Adam Anagnostopoulos (Waterloo, Ont.) racked up 41 assists. Brendan Kewin added 11 kills and Isaac McKeague a career-high nine.
Brock’s John Elgersma finished with 11 kills in the losing effort.
“I think Nipissing really gave us a good opportunity to reflect and to evaluate on how we want to continue to move forward to the end of the year,” said Rams’ coach Matthew Harris following the match. “We’ve definitely had a readjustment in our outlook and our approach and we’re seeing in the past three games guys that are playing loose, guys that are playing for fun and there’s a lot of energy out there.”
The insurgence of depth players off the bench by Harris throughout the match definitely contributed to that. Johnny Lin (Toronto) saw his fair share of floor time while the first U SPORTS kill of Riley Anderson’s career was the Rams’ 25th point of the third set and ended the match.
“Having guys like Johnny and Riley is essential to us coaches who saw them come in as walk-ons,” said Harris. “They’re guys that are in the gym every day. Those guys are in on Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays working hard and really trying to get better. For them to be able to get opportunities on the court is one thing, but to be able to contribute to the team is another.”
Ryerson improves to 5-2 on Coca-Cola Court and 10-4 overall this season. That puts them atop the OUA East division with 20 points. The York Lions (9-3) currently sit second with two games in hand.
The loss, on the other hand, drops Brock to 2-9. They’ve now lost six straight and remain tied for last in the OUA West with the Windsor Lancers.
The Rams will host the No. 3 McMaster Marauders (11-0) at the Mattamy Athletic Centre Wednesday night. Last season’s national silver medallists, the Marauders come into the game atop the OUA West division. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
NOTES: Coleman remains the most productive hitter in the province. His 4.43 kills per set this season is best in the OUA… A strong night by Anagnostopoulos bumps his assists per set to 9.92, tops in the province in that category.