By Josh Beneteau
The second set of Friday night’s men’s volleyball game between the Ryerson Rams and Guelph Gryphons was one for the ages.
Ryerson won that set 37-35, but not before both teams traded kills and service errors for a solid 45 minutes. The wild set bookended two more wins for Ryerson as they opened the season with a straight sets (25-16, 37-35, 25-19) win.
Outside hitter Alex Dawson said it was a fun set to play, but was very exhausting.
“It was very tiring going through all of those rotations when you expect the set to be done a long, long time ago,” he said. “But you have to keep slugging and I’m really proud of everyone that we were able to push through it.”
Dawson led the team with 15 kills, followed by Lucas Coleman with 11. Libero Will Otten covered the court well and led the team with 12 digs. Ryerson head coach Mirek Porosa said it wasn’t easy, but he was happy to get the win.
“I knew it was going to be a tough battle with every game starting 0-0,” Porosa said. “We were just really focusing on the next ball and trying to erase whatever happened in the past.”
While they got the win, one area the Rams struggled in was serving. They finished with 14 service errors and no one player had more than three. Porosa said he thinks nerves from the home opener caused the errors.
“You really don’t know what is going through a players mind in the home opener, there is a lot of pressure on the home team,” he said. “We’re going to get better and we’ll have to serve better in order to beat better teams.”
The Rams next game is Friday, Oct. 24 when they travel to McMaster.