Photo by Christian Bender

Strong 2018 finish for the Rams

By Cara Gilhula

NORTH BAY, Ont. - The Rams travelled up to north to visit the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday evening and came out on top with a 3-1 victory. 

After coming away with a win at York University last night, the Rams were up for their second straight road game. 

They had a quick start for the first set, where they saw consistency in their serves and a strong momentum. Although, their defense fell short and the Lakers got ahead. The Rams were down 16 - 11 at the technical, and even though they started to follow through and play their game, Nipissing had some big hits and the Rams fell 25-20. 

Into the second set, the Rams were more evenly matched with the Lakers. They stayed closer in terms of score and moved swiftly on the court as a team. At the technical, the Rams were right behind the Lakers at 16-14. A couple of mistakes from the Lakers, and great plays by the Rams allowed them to get ahead and respond at 25-23. 

 The Rams took on the third set graciously, and kept the Lakers on their toes. The Rams proved their ability to come together as a team, cover each other, and make great plays once they lead the Lakers for the entirety of the set. At the technical the Rams were up 16-13, and made their way to 25-21 to take the Lakers into the fourth. 

The two teams were neck and neck right off the top of the fourth set. Each point went back and forth. The Rams had to troubleshoot after being behind the Lakers at the technical at 16-15. Fortunately, for the Rams, it was about adjusting to each play and letting the Lakers make mistakes. This played out for them, and they used their offense to come alive during the last couple of serves. The Rams pulled away and took the set 25-21 to win the match 3-1. 

Out of both teams, Xander Ketrzynski (Toronto, Ont.) lead in kills with 22. Jordan Baric (Mississauga, Ont.), Navreet Suhan (Mississauga, Ont.), and Riley Anderson (Cambridge, Ont.) also played a large role in the Rams offense. On the other side of things, Adam Sandeson (Lower Truro, N.S.) was a large support on defense with nine digs, and Jordan Baric with eight to keep the Rams in line throughout the match. 

The Rams head into the winter break with a 5-3 record. They will return to the Coca-Cola Court on January 12th, 2019, where they will get the year started off with a match against York. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

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