Gryphon volleyball women edged out of playoffs by Ryerson

TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons saw their OUA women’s volleyball season come to an end Saturday when they were swept in three close sets by the Ryerson Rams in quarter-final playoff action at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The host Rams prevailed 25-23, 26-24, 25-20.

The Gryphs led late in each set, but couldn’t put the Rams away. Ryerson scored four of the final five points to win the first set and the hosts repeated that in the second set. The Rams hit for nine of the final 12 points in the third set.

Victoria Golebiowski had 11 kills, two aces and eight digs for the Gryphs while Maddie Dedecker had six kills, three aces, seven digs and one block, Libby Donevan had four kills, one dig and two blocks, Michaela Hellinga had five kills and six digs, Cayte Wilson had two kills, 23 assists, one ace, eight digs and two blocks, Jessica Gormley had three kills, one ace and one dig and Kayla McMullen had three assists and 12 digs.

Veronica Livingston had 15 kills, 10 digs and three aces for Ryerson and Cailin Wark had 10 kills, eight digs, two blocks and one ace, Theanna Vernon had seven kills, four digs, four blocks and two aces, Kate McIlmoyle had 43 assists, eight digs, two blocks and one ace and Julie Longman had 23 digs and four assist.

The Gryphs finish the season with 12 wins and eight losses in OUA play after going 3-7 in tournament and preseason play.

Ryerson advances to next weekend’s championship tournament at the University of Toronto. They’ll play the McMaster Marauders in one semifinal Friday night while Toronto will play the Western Mustangs in the other.

Medal matches are set for Saturday with the bronze-medal game going at 6 p.m. and the gold-medal game following at 8 p.m.

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