Photo by Christian Bender

Playoff push starts Saturday on home court

By Cara Gilhula

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams will battle the Windsor Lancers during a single elimination, quarter-final match at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd on the Coca-Cola Court.

The Rams regular season performance earned them a second place finish in the OUA East, finishing 12-6 with 24 points and tying them with the University of Toronto.

The Lancers also finished in a tie in the OUA West, but ultimately finished with the third seed to set up Saturday's match.The Lancers went 13-4 during the regular season.

“I don’t think they are going to give us much trouble, it’s more so going to be a battle with us. As long as we come out with a team effort we should be able to beat them,” says a confident Xander Ketrzynski.

Previously during preseason, the Lancers beat the Rams 0-3 (18-25, 21-25, 21-25). Later on, the Lancers took down the Rams 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 17-25) to help them sit comfortably heading into the quarter-finals.

For the Rams to be successful against the Lancers, they will need to come out confidently and limit their errors. Together as a team the Rams can shut the Lancers down, and ensure that they do not become comfortable on the Coca-Cola Court.

“For us we need to do the little things first like eat to play, sleep to play, and think about the game, so that when we come to the game it is a team effort. That’s what’s going to take us through this game. If we approach it with the attitude where we can just walk in and have one or two players bringing up the rest of the team, then it’s not going to work. Windsor players are in their third, fourth and fifth year, so they’ve got an older team. They’re also a team that’s been together for a while, so they’re going to be pretty gel.”

Alike the Rams, the Lancers have strong offensive and defensive players that will be controlling the court. Notably, the Rams lead the Lancers in many areas, and have a variety of players who are on top.

Kills per set
Ryerson - Xander Ketrzynski - 4.84
Windsor - Pierce Johnson - 3.75

Total Kills
Ryerson - Xander Ketrzynski - 329
Windsor - Pierce Johnson - 225

Hitting %
Windsor - Pierce Johnson - .319
Ryerson - Xander Ketrzynski - .303

Blocks per set
Windsor - John Moate - 1.17
Ryerson - Riley Anderson - 1.05
Ryerson - Omari Young - 0.92

Total Digs
Ryerson - Adam Sandeson - 168
Windsor - Nolan Langley - 117

Digs per set
Ryerson - Adam Sandeson - 2.51
Windsor - Nolan Langley - 2.25

Service Aces per set
Ryerson - Xander Ketrzynski - 0.59
Windsor - Pierce Johnson - 0.40

Assists per set
Windsor - Nolan Langley - 9.60
Ryerson - Greg Vukets - 8.73

“The fans should look forward to our blocking. We have two good guys in the top five for blocks per set, so it’s going to be good,” says Ketrzynski.

Last season, the Rams fell short of the OUA Bronze medal, and the Rams are on the hunt for redemption.

The game will commence at 6:00 p.m. shortly after the women’s volleyball team is finished playing Windsor at 4:00 p.m. For live updates, tune in to OUA.tv and follow @ryersonrams.

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