Rams earn OUA silver medal
WATERLOO — The no. 1 Ryerson Rams capped off their 2018-19 OUA season with a silver medal after falling 3-0 (20-25, 21-25, 21-25) to the Toronto Varsity Blues in the gold medal final on Saturday evening in Waterloo.
Leading the charge for Ryerson was fifth-year middle Theanna Vernon (Scarborough, Ont.) who recorded 10 kills and six total blocks in three sets.
Ryerson’s struggles would begin early in the first set. The Rams found themselves trailing by one at the technical, but Toronto went on a dominant run late in the first to steal the set 25-20.
Ryerson finished the first set hitting at .088 percent after tallying just 10 kills and seven errors on 34 attempts, an uncharacteristically low feat for the reigning national champions.
The Rams found themselves unable to side out through most of the match, and their struggles continued into the second set. Toronto went on another unstoppable run midway through the set, stunning the Rams and taking a 12-5 lead. Vernon’s serving would help get the Rams back into the game, and soon the game was tied at 15 points apiece.
Despite Ryerson’s respectable comeback efforts, the Varsity Blues took a 25-21 win in the second and headed into the third just 25 points away from a Quigley Cup championship.
The Rams’ serve receive was their biggest weakness yet again in the third set. Toronto’s constant attacking pressure ensured the Rams would not be able to gain a lead; the Varsity Blues went on to take a 25-21 win in the third, claiming the OUA Quigley Cup after a 3-0 sweep over Ryerson.
Toronto’s Alina Dormann (Ottawa, Ont.) headlined her team’s offensive efforts in the win over the Rams, tallying 17 kills in the game.
Ryerson’s Cailin Wark (Georgetown, Ont.) ranked second on the Rams with 10.0 points through three sets, finishing the game with nine kills and two block assists.
The Rams will go on to compete in the U SPORTS National Championships hosted by the University of Alberta next weekend.