WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (13-13, 12-3 CIAA) gave a tremendous effort, but the team could not quite overcome the Shaw Lady Bears (19-7, 15-1 CIAA), Thursday afternoon at Whitaker Gymnasium. The match was a pivotal one as the Rams sought to solidify their spot in second place in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division. The Rams did not go down easy as they took the hard-fought loss, 16-25, 25-23, 23-25, and 23-25.
The Rams matched the high-powered Lady Bears kill for kill, but the team made a few more costly errors in the match. As a team, the Rams totaled 50 kills in the match, the exact same amount as the Lady Bears. However, WSSU made seven more attack errors and eight more service errors that proved to be the difference in the loss. The WSSU tandem of junior outside hitter Ytae Cobb and sophomore outside hitter Danyale Berry led the way for the Rams. Berry totaled 11 kills with five digs in the match while Cobb added 10 kills and three total blocks (one solo).
The opening set was a slow one for the Rams. After opening the set to a 10-10 tie, the Rams allowed and 8-1 run by the Lady Bears to fall behind, 12-18. From there, the Rams fell behind, 14-23, but the team added back-to-back kills from Berry, but got no closer, falling 16-23.
The second set told a much different story as the Rams would not give in easily. The Rams fell behind early, 8-13, before working their way back into the set, 15-15. The Rams went on a 4-1 run that included blocks from Cobb and sophomore setter Brittany Carpenter and Cobb and sophomore outside hitter Tailar Jackson. From there, the Rams pushed ahead, 18-16. After playing to a 23-23 tie, the Rams got a service ace from junior outside hitter Miranda Taylor and a Shaw attack error that sealed the 25-23 set win for the Rams.
The third set saw another great battle from the Rams, but the team fell just short. This time, it was WSSU with an early lead as a Shaw attack error capped a 13-11 run by the Rams. The Rams allowed the Lady Bears to tie the set, 22-22 before giving up two of the last three points, a Jackson kill was all the team could muster in the remainder of the set before falling, 23-25.
The fourth set was another hard-fought affair for the Rams, but the team fell just short to take the match loss. After playing to an 8-8 tie, the Rams scored four straight points after a service ace from freshman Myra Wallace and a kill from freshman outside hitter Hailey Tatu. The Rams allowed the Lady Bears to work their way back into the set, 18-18. But the Rams allowed five unanswered points to the Lady Bears to fall behind, 19-24. WSSU would make a late run with four unanswered points, including a Berry kill and a kill from Taylor. However, a final Shaw kill ended the set and handed the Rams the 23-25 set loss and the four-set match loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 13-13 overall and 12-3 in CIAA play. The Rams will look to move back into second place in the division when the Rams host the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls in a 6:00 p.m. match. 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.