By Michael Grace-Dacosta
Ryerson’s women’s volleyball team swept the Nipissing Lakers Sunday afternoon at the Mattamy Athletic Centre 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-15).
Veronica Livingston led the way with 11 kills, Emily Nicholishen had nine kills and 10 digs, and Ryanne Hollies had 37 assists for the Rams
Allison Larsen and Christina Caruso both had five kills for the Lakers.
After playing libero for most of the season, Rams Chelsea Jensen returned to her natural position of outside hitter and finished with eight kills in the game, five of which came in the first set.
The Rams jumped out to a 16-9 lead in the second set thanks in part to Nicholishen continued strong play. Nicholishen scored four more kills in the frame and is now tied for ninth in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) in kills with 44.
Livingston played well after the technical timeout, scoring three kills and combining on a block with Kristina Vlcek. The Rams won the set 25-16.
The Lakers came out energetic to start the third set earning them a 2-0 lead but the Ram quickly overcame that deficit and went up by as much as 20-12 in the set. The Rams would go on to win the set and game 25-15 on a Jensen kill.
“We weren’t talking or thinking about last night’s game,” said head coach Dustin Reid. “It’s important to do that because if you don’t respect the players you’re playing against anything can happy in our league.”
Reid was pleased with Livingston’s transition from middle to outside hitter.
“Obviously [Livingston is] a talented attacker but I’m really proud to see the way she’s playing the other parts of her game,” said Reid. “Her defecse, her serving and her passing has been terrific.”
This win moves the Rams into second place in the OUA East standings.
The Rams next game is on the road against the Guelph Gryphons on Friday, Nov. 1.
They return home the next day to play the Lakehead Thunderwolves (2-0) at 6:00 p.m.