By Chris Blanchette
The Ryerson men’s volleyball team defeated the Royal Military College Paladins Friday night (25-15, 25-20, 25-19) to snap their two-game losing streak.
Ryerson handled RMC with little difficulty in the first set and were able to come away with a convincing 25-15 win.
Despite a hot start and a 10-2 lead in the second set, the Rams fell behind and trailed 16-15 at the technical timeout. A short run, capped off by an Alex Dawson hit from the left side, brought the Rams ahead by three. This seemed to act as the turning point in the set for both teams. After that, RMC was unable to come up with a run of their own – the Rams would end up taking the set 25-20.
Ryerson was able to carry their momentum over into the third set, where they took an early 11-2 lead. Though RMC was able to get a point back and stop Ryerson’s run, they couldn’t halt the Rams’ dominant play. Ryerson took the third set 25-19 on route to victory.
“Whenever we’re playing well we get a lot of offense out of our middle attackers and that brings balance to everybody. You have to serve receive well enough to be able to do that,” said head coach Dustin Reid.
With outside hitter Lucas Coleman sitting the night out, other Ryerson players were forced to step up. Brandon Jordan led the way for the Rams with 8 kills on 15 attempts, while Dawson and Robert Wojcik had 7 kills respectively.
Reid says he’s happy with his the play of this Rams team and sees this win as a confidence boost as they head toward a tough part of their schedule.
“We had a tough result last weekend so it’s nice to get back out and playing well together, and obviously we have a big match tomorrow night that we’re excited about.”
Reid is of course referring to Ryerson’s Jan. 30, clash against number 8 ranked Queen’s, when they will look to continue with their winning ways