Vukets, the sophomore setter from New Zealand, played his first full game in the OUA and impressed with 21 assists and a game high 10 digs. His performance is part of the Rams’ recent push to showcase the talent throughout their roster complimenting their strong senior core. While coach Adam Simac is largely seeing the experiment as a means of finding what areas to build the team, he remained impressed with Vukets’ arrival to the OUA.
“I thought [Vukets] did an admirable job of coming in,” Simac said. “He settled himself very quickly within the first few points, and he made a lot of right decisions tonight. It’s one thing for him to make that decision, but he needs his teammates to help by putting the ball away.”
Adjusting to the OUA coming out of his native New Zealand, Vukets revelled in the opportunity to play a complete match.
“I felt really good about how I’ve adjusted in the last couple of months,” he said. “Today was really different because you can’t simulate a game scenario, no matter what you do in practice. The stakes are just completely different, no matter how you try and replicate it. So it was fun, it was a learning curve, and there will be plenty more opportunities.”
As the Rams return to the road to face the U of T Varsity Blues this upcoming Friday, Simac is looking to push the team’s newer faces in the right direction after getting an idea of what they can do against Trent.
“There are some other pieces where I have to go ‘why did they perform the way they did this evening and how can we change that for the better?’” he said.