Lady Rams Struggle in Three-Set Home Opener Loss to Mars Hill

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (0-4) could not find the answers for the high-powered Mars Hill Lions (3-2), Tuesday evening. The Lady Rams ended the evening with a three-set loss to the Lions, 25-16, 25-13, and 25-14. Though the Lady Rams gave it their all, the Lions had too many weapons for the Lady Rams this evening.

The WSSU offense had an especially tough outing with 21 attack errors and just 20 kills in the match while the Lions totaled just 12 errors. The Lady Rams finished the evening with 38 team digs and 5.0 total team blocks. WSSU senior right side Francesca Edgerton led the Lady Rams' attack with six kills and a block assist. WSSU junior middle blocker De Ann Smith added five kills with two solo blocks.

Things got rough early for the Lady Rams as the team fell into an early 9-2 deficit in the opening set. As the set went on, the Lady Rams were able to get things going late in the set, totaling 16 points, but were not able to secure the win. The Lady Rams had a much better early effort in the second set, holding the Lions within two points, trailing 5-3. However, a 5-1 run by the Lions would put the Lady Rams behind 19-10 and pulled away for the 25-13 win in the second set. In the third set, the Lady Rams once again opened with a strong effort, tying the Lions 2-2 early. However, five straight points by the Lions would once again put the Lady Rams behind 10-4 and left the Lady Rams with an insurmountable deficit.

The team will return to action this weekend when the Lady Rams head to Misenheimer, North Carolina to take part in the Pfeiffer Invitational. The team will open the tournament against host Pfeiffer in a 4:00 p.m. match, followed by a match against Queens (NC) on Friday. For more information on Lady Rams volleyball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.