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Women’s volleyball dominate Nipissing for third-straight win

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By Chris Blanchette

The Ryerson women’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to three games by defeating the Nipissing Lakers in straight sets (25-13, 25-12, 25-15) at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The Rams cruised through the first and second sets by scores of 25-13 and 25-12 led by strong play from Veronica Livingston who led both teams with 15 kills.

Nipissing kept the score close in the early stages of the third set set but were forced to call a timeout when the Rams rallied for three-straight points, leading to an 11-7 lead. The timeout proved to be a turning point in the set as the Rams amassed a 10-point lead before completely pulling away on route to a 25-15 victory.

“We had a loss against the University of Toronto two weeks ago and we’ve bounced back from that with three strong performances,” said head coach Dustin Reid.

Unfortunately for the Rams, the momentum of winning three straight matches won’t have much carry over into the second half of the season. Their next game isn’t until Jan. 13, in North Bay, Ont. where they will once again take on Nipissing.

“It’s a long time, it’ll be six weeks before we play another match but we need to use this time to get better, use this time to improve and become a better team,” says Reid.

And the Rams will have to if they want to beat the University of Toronto Varsity Blues who currently sit atop the OUA East standings with seven wins and no losses.

“We’re going to have a really tough schedule in the second half of the season so we’re going to need to find ways to win when we aren’t playing our best,” explained Reid.

You can catch the Rams next home game on Jan. 24, when they will take on the Varsity Blues at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at 2 p.m..

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