By: Andrew Yang
Ryerson’s first-year setter Trent Ketrzynski had an impressive game, but it wouldn’t be enough to defeat the Waterloo Warriors, who took a 3-0 revenge match win over the Rams’ men’s volleyball team on Saturday night.
Ketrzynski led the way with an impressive stat line of 17 assists, 6 blocks, and 2 aces, along with 2 kills of his own. He was also supported by fellow Rams Gregory Vukets with 7 kills, Sean Shultis with 6 blocks and Jordan Baric with 5 digs.
The last time the two teams faced off last season was a tight match with Ryerson taking the 3-2 victory. The Warriors arrived on Saturday plotting revenge– and that’s exactly what they got.
The Warriors were able to take the early lead in the first two sets, but the Rams stayed confident. With great displays of defence and team chemistry, the Rams were able to bounce back and tie-up the score, with the second set going up to 28 points in a win-by-two game, Waterloo taking the 2-0 lead in the match.
It didn’t take long before the Warriors sealed the deal against the Rams; impeccable defence from their front line and hard-hitting spikes from their backcourt got them the 3-0 win.
Looking back on the match, Ketrzynski dismissed the loss as a learning experience.
“It’s a pre-season game and it’s a process,” said Ketrzynski.
“We don’t need to win these games necessarily and it’s more important for us to focus on what we’ve been working on all pre-season,” he said. “Our comebacks, Greg [Vukets] with the serves; it helped us a lot.”
With the Guelph Gryphons next on the Rams’ pre-season schedule, Ryerson will have to figure out how to defeat the team that’s won their first two games of the Ryerson pre-season tournament.
“We’ll have a different lineup; I think that they’re the best team here,” said Ketrzynski. “It’ll definitely be a challenge and it’ll show us where we are in the division.”