By Daniel Morand
Ryeron’s men’s volleyball team (7-3) held on for a 3-1 win (25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15) against the Royal Military College Paladins (0-8) at the Mattamy Athletic Centre Saturday night.
Trailing 2-0 in sets, the Paladins were hungry to win a set for the first time since Nov. 8 and forced a 25-22 win in the third set against a flat-footed Rams defence.
“There were just a few errors towards the end of the set and RMC capitalized on it,” said Rams assistant coach Chris McLaughlin. “You can never take any team lightly in this league.”
In a display of offensive prowess, the Rams won 25-15 in the fourth set to close out the match.
“We’ve got some young players, our number one setter is a first-year,” said RMC head coach Steve Leknois after his teams eighth consecutive loss of the season. “We wanted to go at their middle because we felt that man for man we could match up.”
The Rams rookies have provided an infusion of new blood this season that combined for 10 kills against RMC.
“Since we’re a young team he wants us to get some development,” said rookie Adam Anagnostopoulos. “It’s a big change from last year, but we’re doing what we came to do.”
Saturday’s win puts the Rams in a four-way tie for first in Ontario University Athletics. The squad is riding a three-game win streak with one match against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues before the break.
“We want to keep riding this momentum and take down some better teams in our own gym. That’s the goal for the second half,” said Anagnostopoulos.
The Rams will close out the first half of the season against the Varsity Blues next Friday.