Women’s volleyball serves up a double

Ryerson Athletics has announced third-year Kate McIlmoyle as the athlete of the week. She is the second consecutive female volleyball player to be recognized and the season has just begun.

Kate McIlmoyle celebrates during a Rams game against Alberta in March. (Photo by Alex D’Addese)

McIlmoyle made her first appearance this season against Trent University on Sunday. As the junior setter, her role is that of a playmaker, responsible for running the team’s offence and creating scoring opportunities.  

McIlmoyle made 25 assists and six digs against the Trent Excalibur, which helped Ryerson win all three sets (25-15, 25-3, 25-12).

The third-year setter is known for her assists. Last season, she had 547 regular game assists, which is the fourth highest in the Ontario University Athletics.

But McIlmoyle isn’t the only one experiencing success. The entire Rams volleyball team has had an impressive start.

In its first game against McMaster University, the team won 3-2, and the next day the Rams recorded another win against Lakehead on home court. The final score was 3-0.

During the first two games, sophomore Lauren Veltman made an impression. She showed her versatility, taking on both middle and outside positions. For her performances, she was named last week’s athlete of the week.

Dustin Reid, the women’s volleyball coach, said there are many players, including Veltman, who are deserving of the title.

Both Veltman and McIlmoyle will be practising with the team as it prepares for its next away game on Nov. 10 against York University, where the women will be looking to extend their three-game winning streak.

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