WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (10-12, 9-2 CIAA) rolled when the team took an impressive three-set win over the Saint Augustine's Falcons (3-12, 3-9 CIAA), Saturday morning. The Rams had to click on all cylinders to fend off a scrappy Saint Augustine's team, 25-12, 25-14, and 27-25.
The Rams took the win behind one of their better overall performances of the season. As a team, the Rams totaled 42 kills while holding the Falcons to half of that with 21 kills. The Rams also committed just 20 attack errors in the match as well. WSSU junior middle blocker Danyale Berry led the way for the Rams with 14 kills while junior Miranda Taylor added six kills. Freshman libero Gabrielle Azar recorded 21 digs in the match as well.
The Rams dominated the first two sets of the match. After playing to a 4-4 tie to open the set, the Rams took control 9-5 after a 5-1 run that included kills from Taylor and junior outside hitter Ytae Cobb. The Rams put the set away later in the set. After holding a 14-11 lead, the Rams went on an 11-1 run to close out the 25-12 opening set win. The second set was just as dominant for the Rams. The teams once again played to a 4-4 tie before WSSU took control of the set. After taking an 18-14 lead over the Falcons, the Rams exploded for seven unanswered points to close out the set with a 25-14 victory.
The third set was the most dramatic with the Rams as the team had to fend off the Falcons to claim the win. Once again, the Rams took a big lead with an 8-5 start to the set. However, Saint Augustine's was able to get back into the set, taking a 9-8 lead over the Rams. WSSU would regain the lead, 13-10 before allowing the Falcons to take a 16-13 lead. The Rams would work their way back into the set when 5-1 WSSU run left the Rams on top, 18-17. The Rams would stay in control, 24-22 before allowing back-to-back scores by the Falcons that tied the set 24-24. The Rams would go ahead 26-25 before an Azar service ace ended the set and the match, 27-25.
With the win, the Rams improve to 10-12 overall and 9-2 in CIAA play. More importantly, the team improved to 9-2 in CIAA Southern Division play. The Rams will return to action, Monday when the team heads to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the Saint Augustine's Falcons once again.
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