WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (5-17) could not stop the potent offence of the Claflin Lady Panthers (13-8), Saturday afternoon. The Lady Rams put up a solid effort, but the team could not get enough to stop the high-powered Lady Panthers. In the end, the Lady Rams finished the day with the 14-25, 19-25, 25-20, and 21-25 loss.
For the match, the Lady Rams finished with 38 total kills, but were saddled by 27 team attack errors. The team also committed eight receiving errors in the match. WSSU junior outside hitter Avoni Seymour led the way for the Lady Rams with 12 kills. She also tied for the team lead with 12 digs. Fellow junior Katelyn Sigala also added 12 digs in the match.
The first set was a tough one for the Lady Rams as Claflin took control early and ran away with the 25-14 victory. The Lady Rams continued to struggle into the second set as the team took a 25-19 loss. It was in the third set that the Lady Rams showed some life when the team outscored Claflin 8-3 after tying the set 17-17. WSSU freshman middle blocker Olivia Owens assisted on three blocks during the run.
In the fourth set, the Lady Rams continued to battle, jumping out to a 9-7 lead. After battling to an 11-11 tie, the Lady Rams faltered, allowing five straight points by the Lady Panther and falling behind 11-16. Though the Lady Rams would make a late run, the effort was not enough as the Lady Rams ended the day with the 25-21 loss.
The Lady Rams will return to action, Monday evening when the team heads to Raleigh, North Carolina to take on the Saint Augustine's University Lady Falcons. 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.