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Final Four presents most important challenge for undefeated Rams

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - Only four teams remain amidst the hunt for the Quigley Cup, and the Ryerson Rams will look to solidify their place as the OUA’s best in the two most important games of the season.  

The Final Four tournament will be hosted at Ryerson University on March 9th and 10th, featuring matchups between the McMaster Marauders, Western Mustangs, Toronto Varsity Blues and the hosting Rams.  

A myriad of end-of-season awards solidified the Rams’ place at the top of the league, with Coach Dustin Reid receiving the OUA East’s Coach of the Year honours and Julie Longman (Newmarket, Ont.) being given the prestigious Award of Merit. All in all, eight Rams were honoured amongst OUA’s award winners.

The upcoming weekend provides the Rams with a distinct opportunity - the team will face off against the Western Mustangs in the semifinals on Friday night at 6pm on the Coca-Cola Court. A win against Western guarantees a silver-medal finish for the Rams, but a win in the final would mark the first gold medal in program history.  

The team has taken it ‘one game at a time’ - as coach Reid says - all season, and this weekend will be no different.  

The Rams took a 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-14) win over the Mustangs on January 12th, and will be looking for a similar result in the semifinal.  Western came out on top of their quarter-final matchup with a 3-1 (25-23, 26-24, 16-25, 25-18) win over the Queen’s Gaels on March 3rd.  With an 8-4 record in second semester, the Mustangs will be hoping to upset the host Rams on Friday night.

Depending on Friday’s results, the Rams will face either the McMaster Marauders or the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday in the bronze medal or gold medal matchup.  

The Marauders have dropped only two games this season - a 3-2 (21-25, 19-25, 25-14, 25-16, 15-7) loss against the Rams in the season-opener and a sweep at the hands of the Queen’s Gaels left McMaster seeded first in the West. Alternatively, the Varsity Blues have won seven of their last seven matches but suffered two losses to the Rams during the regular season.  

The bronze medal game will be played at 3pm on Saturday, with the gold medal final coming at 6pm.  The tournament will be played at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre this weekend - tickets for all games can be purchased here.  

If you can’t make it out this weekend, stay updated by following the Ryerson Rams on Twitter, @RyersonRams, or watch all games broadcasted live on OUA.tv.

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