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Rams focused on development after strong start

By Christian Ryan

TORONTO - Off of their first victory against the defending OUA champion McMaster Marauders since 2011, the Ryerson Rams are headed to Peterborough to take on the Trent Excalibur.

Rams coach Adam Simac had said previously that the matchup with the Marauders would be the measuring stick for the team’s capabilities this season. Coming away with the victory, Simac notes that the win shows not only where they are successful, but where they are to develop throughout the season.

“The win against McMaster showed us that we are on the right track, but we are definitely not at our final destination,” he said. “We were still able to win without playing our best, which indicates to not only the team but also to our coaching staff that our "baseline level" is slowly moving in the right direction.”

The next step in that development will take place at the Trent Athletic Centre on Sunday. The Rams and Excalibur will face off for their first of two matchups this season, the second taking place next Sunday in Ryerson’s home opener at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Ryerson swept the Excalibur in two meetings last year with comfortable 3-1 victories.

Despite the previous success against the Excalibur coupled with the season-opening victory at McMaster, the Rams know that the season is young and that there are no guarantees in OUA volleyball.

“As we prepare for Trent, the sample size is still somewhat too small to get a good idea of what they will do,” Simac says. “We are dealing with some players in a new role this year and we know that it will take time to get them where we want to be. Otherwise, staying disciplined and playing within our system are things that are not yet automatic and always a work in progress.”

The Trent Excalibur will host the Ryerson Rams on Sunday, November 5th at the Trent Athletic Centre in Peterborough with first serve scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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