HAMPTON, VA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (11-24) gave it all they had in a hard-fought five-set loss to the top-seeded Chowan Hawks (22-5) in the semifinal round of the 2012 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Volleyball Championship Tournament. With a trip to the tournament championship match on the line, the Lady Rams stepped up their efforts and played one of their best matches of the season, but the effort was not enough as the team fell 25-21, 25-23, 15-25, 19-25, and 10-15.
Things looked great in the early going as the Lady Rams posted wins in the first two sets of the match, 25-21 and 25-23. However, the team could not keep things going as they took losses in the final three sets, 15-25, 19-25, and 10-15. Though the Lady Rams took the loss, the team displayed a lot of heart and fortitude as they played one of their best matches of the season. As a team, the Lady Rams posted 51 kills in the match with just 25 attack errors. The team also recorded 86 digs and 22 total digs (three solo) in the match. Junior outside hitter Avoni Seymour led the way for the Lady Rams with 15 kills in the match while the tandem of senior middle blocker De Ann Smith and freshman middle hitter Olivia Owens recorded 11 kills each. Defensively, junior Katelyn Sigala added 35 digs while Smith added eight total blocks (two solo).
With the loss, the Lady Rams' season ends and the team finishes with an 11-24 overall record and a second consecutive trip to the semifinal round of the CIAA Volleyball Championship Tournament. 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.