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Rams fall in four sets to visiting Varsity Blues

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — The No. 4 Ryerson Rams suffered their second loss of the season and their first regular-season loss at home since February 2017, dropping a 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 20-25, 20-25) contest to the No. 10 Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.

Ryerson’s Lauren Veltman (Brampton, Ont.) led the Rams with 17 kills and 16 digs through four sets against Toronto.

The Varsity Blues came well prepared to face the fourth-ranked team in the country, and this was evident through all four sets of the match. A strong 25-18 victory for Toronto in the first only further validated the visitors’ compete level in the game, a feat acknowledged by Rams head coach Dustin Reid after the loss.

“Full credit to Toronto — they definitely came to win tonight,” remarked Reid.

The Rams would manage to pull out a 25-21 victory in the second, recording only two errors in the set and hitting at .400 percent — their most efficient attacking of the game.  

Toronto would give the Rams a run for their money in both the third and fourth, taking dominant leads early in the set and pushing the Rams to the limits.

An uncharacteristic high of 10 errors in the third set would cost the Rams valuable points; a better demonstration in the fourth kept the game close, but, still, the Rams would end up dropping back-to-back sets 25-20 and eventually closed the game with a 3-1 loss to the visiting Varsity Blues.

Reid says the team did not play to their full potential in the loss tonight.

“It was a great example of the intensity that teams need to play to in order to be winners in this league,” said Reid. “We didn’t reach that level today.”

The Rams will be back in action tomorrow night against the Trent Excalibur, facing off in Peterborough at 6:00 p.m.

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