Loss to undefeated Varsity Blues redeemed by comeback win over Rams
The Gee-Gees women’s volleyball team was in action on Feb. 6 and 7 as they played back-to-back games against the Toronto Varsity Blues and the Ryerson Rams this weekend.
It was a mixed affair for the Gees as they went 1-1 on the weekend. In their first test, the Gees proved to be no match for Ontario University Athletics East Division powerhouse Toronto Varsity Blues on Feb. 7.
The game marked Toronto’s fifteenth straight victory over the Gees, and extend their undefeated record this season. The Gees put up a valiant effort but were unable to clinch a set as they were swept by the third-ranked team in the country.
The difference between the two teams was the consistency of play, as Toronto played a near error-free game with just two missteps in comparison to Ottawa’s 12 service errors.
Coach Lionel Woods spoke to Sports Services after the game and lamented that the instability was detrimental to his team’s performance, while praising their level of competency demonstrated in the game.
“At times we were as fast, athletic, and right in their face. When we were good, we were as good as them. You also need to be stable. You can have peaks but not valleys,” he said.
In the next game, the Gees fared much better as they defeated the Ryerson Rams over five gruelling sets.
The game was the Gees’ final home game of the season, and the win put the Gees in third behind the Rams with a record of 10-6 as they approach the final stretch.
The Gee-Gees initially found themselves down 2-1 after three sets, but dug deep in the fourth set and sealed the win in the fifth set.
Ottawa’s young team played an influential role in the win. “We keep growing up. You have to hand it to them. It was a playoff-type game and they had a playoff performance,” Woods told Sports Services.
The Gees close out their season with three away games including a weekend series against the Queen’s Gaels and RMC Paladins on Feb. 13 and 14 respectively.