TORONTO - A 16 kill night from Taylor Jordan lifted the Ryerson Rams men’s volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18) victory over the Trent Excalibur on Coca-Cola Court Saturday evening.
The win improved the Rams’ record to 6-3 on the year and also represented their third straight victory.
Despite a hard-fought battle, the Excalibur remain winless on the season due to Saturday’s result and suffered their seventh straight loss to start the year.
A total of eleven different Rams touched the court throughout the match and was a welcomed opportunity for members of the team that don’t always see game action.
The infusion of young talent worked well with the familiar faces of the Rams’ regime. The game sported a number of ups and downs, with veterans Uchenna Ofoha, Brendan Kewin and Adam Anagnostopoulos in place for times of turmoil. The contribution of Jordan’s 16 kills was rather vital towards the Rams’ positive outcome and made up for the absence of Lucas Coleman in the match.
Kewin carried the majority of the offensive load in the first set and finished with a set-high six kills. The Rams had a slight advantage 16-12 at the technical timeout, but allowed the Excalibur to get back in the mix after a string of service errors. Ofoha and Jordan heated up late in the set and essentially led the Rams to a 25-21 first set victory.
Reginald McLean of the Excalibur started to add to his team-high seven kills on the evening and was a huge factor towards a back-and-forth second set. Nathan Koopman added some late offensive flare and after a string of errors from the Rams, Koopman smacked home a set-tying kill to even the set at 20. Kills from the Rams’ Whitley and Jordan and with back-to-back service errors from the Excalibur late proved costly as the Rams took a 2-0 lead with a 25-22 victory.
The third set showcased a Rams squad that lacked the needed execution in order for the sweep. The Rams ultimately ended the set with a staggering -0.095 efficiency. The combination of service errors, as well as attack errors, made for a deadly outcome as the Excalibur avoided the sweep with a lopsided 25-19 third set victory.
The veteran experience entwined throughout the foundation of the Rams proved valuable when they needed it most in the fourth. Ofoha and Jordan combined for four straight kills midway through the set to take an 11-6 lead. The effective setting from Anagnostopoulos and the efficient attacking from Jordan, Kewin, and Ofoha late in the set appeared to have finally taken its toll on the young Excalibur squad as the Rams showed no mercy in a 25-18 match clinching fourth set.
Saturday night marked the final game for the Rams in the unofficial first half of the season. They return to game action on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at the Tait McKenzie Centre in a scheduled match with the York Lions.