Rams dominate Gaels for second straight sweep
KINGSTON — The Ryerson Rams earned their second consecutive sweep victory on Sunday afternoon against Queen’s, tallying a dominant 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-20) win over the third-ranked team in the division.
Ryerson’s Lauren Veltman (Brampton, Ont.) led the Rams with 12 kills while team captain Theanna Vernon (Scarborough, Ont.) had eight total blocks and 15 points through three sets.
The Rams were neck-in-neck with the Gaels through the opening frame, but the reigning national champions soon found their footing and began to expose the holes in Queen's back court. Vernon would serve up an ace, one of three in the game, and the Rams would head into the technical timeout ahead by five.
A few positional adjustments were made for the Rams around this time, as Sam Cyrille (Scarborough, Ont.) came on to the court and immediately aided in the team’s serve-receive. The Rams would close the set with a 25-18 win, dominating the home team and heading into the second with a distinct advantage over Queen’s.
Rookie middle Kate Grasman (Komoka, Ont.) would check in at the start of the second set for Ryerson, going on to tally two kills, three service aces, and two digs through two sets.
The Rams dominated much of the second set, leading 16-7 at the technical, but Queen’s wouldn’t go down without a fight. The Gaels would go on several three/four-point runs later in the half, pushing the Rams to the brink but still falling short. Ryerson would eventually emerge with a 25-20 win in the second.
Another strong effort by Queen’s saw the home team take a two-point lead midway through the set. The Rams, sticking to their game plan, would show their resilience in the comeback and subsequently take the final set 25-20, going on to win the game 3-0.
Vernon’s eight total blocks in the game writes her name into Ryerson’s history books yet again, adding today’s match to the list of the program’s single-game blocking records — a category in which she already dominates, as she holds each of the program’s top 13 records.
Looking ahead, the Rams will host the Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday, February 1st. First serve flies at 6:00 p.m.