Rams' hunt for Quigley Cup begins against Waterloo
TORONTO - After accumulating a 19-0 record in the regular season, the Ryerson Rams will now face the biggest, most important, and most exciting challenge of the year.
The quest for the Quigley Cup begins this weekend. The Rams, seeded first in the league, are coming off their first undefeated season in program history.
Fairytale seasons aside, the Rams have been preparing for this moment since the start of the year. Their first challenger will present themselves on Saturday, as the Rams will take on the Waterloo Warriors in the OUA quarter-final matchup at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
November 25, 2017 was the last time these two teams met. Ryerson walked away with a hard-fought 3-2 (26-28, 25-27, 25-12, 25-15, 15-7) victory, though the Warriors pushed the Rams to their limit. The matchup against Waterloo marked one of only two times this season that the Rams have been pushed to five sets, the first coming in their season opener against the McMaster Marauders back on October 27.
Waterloo enters the matchup as the fourth seed in the west, garnering 16 points with an 8-11 record on the year. The team went 5-5 in second semester, collecting wins against Trent, Brock, Windsor, and Lakehead (x2).
Ryerson holds the edge in the statistics column, though the Warriors make quite an interesting case. Sitting between sixth and tenth league-wide in most statistics, including kills per set, assists per set, service aces per set and block assists, the Warriors appear to present a solid matchup.
Waterloo has the second-most errors in the OUA (423), averaging 5.79 errors per set. But, on the contrary, the team has the most digs in the league (1196) and holds the second highest digs per set marker with 16.38. A stellar defensive performance could prove to be deadly in this matchup.
All in all, the Warriors are capable of pushing the Rams to the limit. The fascinating matchup will leave one team eliminated from the postseason, and the Rams will be fighting hard to ensure they advance to the semifinals.
Watch it all go down on Saturday at 4 pm on the Coca-Cola Court at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. If you can’t make it to the game, catch all the action on OUA.tv or follow along with us on Twitter, @RyersonRams, using #weRrams.