RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (7-11, 6-1 CIAA) had their three match winning streak snapped when the team took a three-set loss to the Shaw Lady Bears (10-6, 7-0 CIAA), Thursday evening. The Rams gave a solid effort in the match, but the team could not find a way to unseat the Lady Bears in the 25-23, 25-14, and 25-14 loss.
The Rams had a hard time getting their offense going against the Lady Bears. As a team, the Rams managed 18 kills in the match. The team was also hampered by 19 attack errors as well. WSSU junior middle hitter Danyale Berry led the way for the Rams with a team-high six kills in the match. Junior outside hitter Ytae Cobb added five kills. Defensively, freshman Myra Wallace led the way for the Rams with eight digs. Sophomore middle blocker Alexis Gregson-Hammond added three total blocks (none solo).
The opening set was the most competitive between the two teams. The two teams played to a 13-13 tie before the Rams surged ahead with four unanswered points to take a 17-13 lead over the Lady Bears. The run included four straight hitting errors by the Lady Bears. While in control, the Rams held on to their lead, 21-19 before Shaw scored five unanswered points to leave the Rams trailing, 21-24. The team staged a late rally with back-to-back scores, including a Shaw error and a Cobb kill, but Shaw ended the set with a kill of their own to leave the Rams with a 25-23 opening set loss.
The second set was greatly different from the first set as the Rams struggled to get things into gear in the set. After opening the set to a 3-3 tie, the Rams were outscored 9-1 to fall behind, 4-12. After falling behind, 8-21, the Rams showed some promise with three straight points, including a Cobb service ace. From there, the Rams could not get into the set and fell 25-14.
The final set saw the Rams' struggles continue. Once again, the Rams struggled early after a solid start. The Rams opened the match playing to a 3-1 lead before allowing the Lady Bears to go on a five-point run to leave the team trailing, 6-3. After falling behind, 8-15, the Rams were able to work their way back into the set, cutting their deficit down to just four points, 12-16. The run included a pair of WSSU blocks from the duo junior Reenah Harris and Gregson-Hammond. The effort was the last stand for the Rams as the team allowed the Lady Bears to close the set with a nine-point run that gave the Rams the 25-12 set loss and the three-set match loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 7-11 overall and 6-1 in CIAA play. For more information on Rams volleyball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.