WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (2-5, 0-1 CIAA) gave a strong effort, but the team came up short in a three-set loss to the Fayetteville State Broncos (1-4, 1-0 CIAA), Thursday evening. The Rams gave a great effort in all three sets of the match, but the team fell short in the hard-fought loss.
The Rams and the Broncos had a thrilling match with both teams playing evenly for much of the match, but the team could not quite get the points that they needed in the hard-fought loss. As a team, the Rams totaled 35 kills, just three fewer than the Broncos. WSSU freshman Sanaa Lanier led the Rams' attack with 16 kills and eight digs in the match. Sophomore Tailar Jackson added nine digs to lead the Rams' defensive attack.
The Rams got going to a slow start as the team struggled through much of the opening set. The Rams fell behind 15-8, but the team came on strong with a five-point run that was capped by a block from sophomore Rylee Wilson and freshman middle blocker Niyonna McIntyre that cut the WSSU deficit down to just two points, 15-13. However, the team allowed another late run by the Broncos to fall behind, 24-18 before an FSU kill ended the first set and gave the Rams a 25-18 loss.
In the second set, the Rams gave a much better effort. However, it was not quite enough as the team took the 25-20 loss. The Rams kept the set close, trailing the Broncos 14-17. It was then that the Rams allowed a 6-1 run by the Broncos to fall behind, 22-15. From there, the Rams added four straight points to cut their deficit to just four points, 23-19. Lanier would add one more kill, but Fayetteville State would end the set with the 25-20 victory.
The third set was the most thrilling set of the match. The Rams took an early lead and held it late, but the team could not quite get over the hump to claim the win. After playing to an 18-18 tie, the Rams scored three straight points, capped by a McIntyre kill to give the team a 20-18 lead. After allowing the Broncos to tie the set, 22-22, the Rams allowed three unanswered points to the Broncos to take the loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team will return to action, Monday, when the team heads to Raleigh, N.C. to continue CIAA play against the Saint Augustine's Falcons. 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.