Lady Rams Upset Virginia State to Open 2012 CIAA Volleyball Tournament

HAMPTON, VA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (10-22) picked up a huge victory, Friday morning when the team took a four-set upset win over Virginia State (13-11) on the opening day of the 2012 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Volleyball Championship Tournament. With the win, the third-seeded Lady Rams upset the second seeded Lady Trojans in pool play.


With the win, the Lady Rams improve to 1-0 in pool play and avenged an earlier three-set loss to the Lady Trojans earlier this season.  After opening the match with a 15-25 loss in the opening set, the Lady Rams rallied for three straight set wins, 25-22, 25-21, and 25-22.


The Lady Rams took the win behind a stellar offensive effort as the team totaled 51 kills in the match. WSSU senior middle blocker De Ann Smith led the way for the Lady Rams with 14 kills and just one error in the match. She also added three blocks (two solo). Junior outside hitter Avoni Seymour added a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs as well. One of the highlights of the match came as freshman middle blocker Olivia Owens recorded a career-high 10 kills in the match as well.


The day isn't over for the Lady Rams as the team will face the top-seeded Fayetteville State Lady Broncos in a 3:00 p.m. match before closing out the day with a 5:00 p.m. match against Virginia Union. For more information on Lady Rams volleyball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to