Rams sweep Gryphons to stay atop East division
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams men’s volleyball team made quick work of the Guelph Gryphons Friday night and defeated them in straight sets (25-22, 25-16, 25-17) to kick-start their final homestead of the regular season.
The Gryphons came into Friday night as one of the most efficient teams in the OUA, but struggled to find the floor consistently throughout the contest. Errors were also a big issue and led to a number of key points lost, and evidently the undesired end result they were given.
The Rams did an excellent job in containing Kendrick Kerr and Zachary Newman to mediocre numbers. Kerr was held to just .286 hitting efficiency, far below his .500 average on the season, while Newman hit floor just seven times over his 14 attempts as well.
Lucas Coleman led the charge for the Rams in the opening set with a set-high five kills. The offense teetered between Coleman and Brendan Kewin as the frequent recipients for kills, and they came through with a number of solid strikes en route to a 25-22 first set win. The Gryphons trailed just 19-18 late in the set and looked poised to do some damage. But a service error by Samuel Nothnagel followed by back-to-back attack errors from Kerr put the game out of reach and gave the Rams the comfort they needed to end the set.
The Gryphons made a habit of starting strong but finishing weak in the final remaining sets. The Rams led just 16-14 at the technical timeout before going on a tear in the latter of the set. Second year Issac McKeague in the final moments whacked home two of his three kills in the set and helped lead the Rams to five straight points for the 25-16 second set win.
McKeague and Coleman continued to inflict damage in the third. A combination of quick transition offense with stifling blocks led the Rams to a 25-17 third set victory and a three sets to none sweep of the Gryphons.
Coleman finished the game with a game-high 11 kills on the evening and finished with a .391 hitting efficiency. Kewin and McKeague had solid nights in their own rights as well with seven kills each. Johnny Lin also saw solid playing time and made the most of it with a perfect four-for-four night on the kill.
The biggest story on the night was the record set by senior Will Otten. Otten recorded just two digs on the evening, but that’s all he needed to reach the staggering mark of 512 in his career, which makes him the all-time digs leader in program history.
With the win, the Rams improved to 12-5 on the year and sit first in the OUA East. They play their final game of the regular season tomorrow at the MAC against the Waterloo Warriors as they look to continue their winning ways into playoffs. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. first touch on Coca-Cola Court and is available on both OUA.tv and Rogers TV Toronto.