By Chris Blanchette
The Ryerson men’s volleyball team defeated the Nipissing Lakers (25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19) to secure their second-straight win.
The five-point lead that the Rams were able to muster in the opening minutes of first set proved to be vital in their 25-21 set victory.
The success that the Rams found in the first set did not carry over into the next frame. Poor passing led to rushed hits and easy points for Nipissing as the Rams fell behind 8-3, early in the second set. By the technical timeout the Rams trailed 16-7. Although strong serving from Lucas Coleman rallied the Rams towards a four-point run, the play of Nipissing proved to be too much. Ryerson dropped the second set 25-20.
The Rams carried their 25-22 victory into the fourth where they were able to finally put all aspects of their game together. The Rams rode their momentum and cruised to a 25-19 fourth set victory over Nipissing.
“In the second set we couldn’t quite keep up with them and missed a few more serves than we would have liked. Nipissing blocked great and played well but I’m very happy with the way we responded,” said Ryerson head coach Dustin Reid.
A big part of this victory was the play of third-year libero Will Otten, who recorded 8 digs.
“Will led the defense tonight in aggressiveness and in chasing down balls. He certainly was a leader by example,” added Reid.
Big hitting remained a constant for this years Rams squad as Robert Wojcik led all hitters with 18 kills, and third-year outside hitter Coleman who added 15 kills of his own.
The Rams look to continue their winning streak at home against Laurentian on Jan. 24 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.