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Rams show heart of their game in sweep of Blues

By Christian Ryan

TORONTO - If the Ryerson Rams needed a spark for the season, a dive into the game control desk by Lucas Coleman (Brooklin, Ont.) may have been just what the doctor ordered.

The Rams made a quick drive over to the University of Toronto to face off against the U of T Varsity Blues, claiming a 3-0 victory at Goldring Centre on Friday night. The win marks the Rams’ fifth victory in five games to mark an undefeated start to the season. Couple that with two consecutive 3-0 sweeps and nine sets without a loss, and the Rams are on a roll.

Leading much of the first set and taking it 25-20, the Rams were challenged hard by the Varsity Blues in the following sets.

Brendan Kewin (Milton, Ont.) and Adam Anagnostopoulos (Waterloo, Ont.) were back in the driver’s seat this game after limited use against the Trent Excalibur, and helped the Rams through some deficits to come out on top. Having the key core of the team back on the court helped, but coach Adam Simac still believes there is some danger in the Rams’ opening record.

“While we’re winning, it’s kind of a safety blanket right now,” Simac said. “I’m not comfortable with that, I want to do more than enough and have a lot left over at the end.”

There are some great examples of the team’s winning spirit on the court. Lucas Coleman chased a ball with a leap into the game control desk on the sidelines in the third set, keeping the ball in play but landing heavily on the desk. Plays like this set the bar for the rest of the team to Simac.

“That’s great because it shows the heart of this team,” he said of Coleman’s diving play. “I’ve been preaching to these guys all along: ‘show your pride, show your passion, show the courage that you have, show how proud you are to represent Ryerson’. It’s plays like that which make me proud to be coaching this team.”

A few newer faces circled through the lineup once again, with freshmen Navreet Suhan (Mississauga, Ont.) and Jackson Dunning (Ottawa, Ont.) both seeing significant playing time alongside their more experienced counterparts. Former University of New Brunswick OH Simon Davis-Power (Conception Bay South, Nfld.) has been making his mark in his first season in the OUA, putting up a performance that sees him match the offensive output of the Rams’ veterans. Even with these new players fitting well into the system, there is always room to improve.

“There’s a few things we have to work on this coming week, just as a bit of a reminder for some of these guys,” Simac said. “Just a couple tweaks. Tighten some bolts, make sure the tires are properly inflated, make sure there’s enough gas in the tank.”

The Rams are back in action next weekend to wrap up the 2017 portion of the season when they travel to Guelph and Waterloo next Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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