Rams Power Past Catawba for Four-Set Victory

SALISBURY, NC  - It didn't take long for the Winston-Salem State Rams (17-6) to get back to their winning ways when the team took an impressive four-set road win over the Catawba Indians (3-17), Wednesday evening. The Rams took the win in one of their most impressive offensive showings of the season, winning the match, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20, and 25-21.

As a team, the Rams rolled in the win with one of their best performances of the season. The Rams totaled 51 kills in the match. WSSU senior outside hitter Sydney Holland led the way for the Rams with a double-double 14 kills with 22 digs in the match while freshman middle hitter Alexis Gregson-Hammond added 10 kills with seven total blocks (one solo) as well.  Sophomore libero Makala Lytton also added 22 digs in the match as well. Freshman setter Brittany Carpenter added 23 assists.

The Rams opened the match in style with an impressive first set win. The Rams jumped out early with a 7-3 lead before Catawba answered with a 3-1 run that cut the WSSU lead down to two points, 8-6. The Rams would push their lead to five points, 15-10 before Catawba answered and cut the Rams lead down to three points, 16-13 before the Rams broke out for a 7-1 run to go ahead, 23-14. The run included three kills from Holland and a pair from junior middle blocker Christa Brown. Catawba attempted a late rally with four straight points to cut the WSSU lead down to five points, 23-18. But the Rams would not let their set slip away as they closed the set with a Holland kill and a Catawba attack error to leave the Rams with the 25-18 victory.

The second set belonged to the Indians. After taking an early lead, the Rams fell behind 10-15. Later in the set, the Rams cut their deficit down to two points, 18-20, but the team would never recover and took the 25-20 set loss.

After their setback in the second set, the Rams bounce back in a big way and never looked back in the remaining two sets of the match. The Rams began the third set with an impressive four-point rally, but Catawba soon answered with a 9-2 run that left the Rams trailing, 9-6. However, WSSU answered with a 5-1 rally to take an 11-10 lead. After, the two teams played to a 15-15 tie, the Rams took control of the set when the team went on an 8-3 run to pull the set to within reach, 24-18. Catawba would take back=to=back scores, but the Rams sealed the set win when Gregson-Hammond and fellow freshman Jessica Young scored a block to take the 25-20 win.

The Rams wasted little time taking control of the fourth set and never looked back. The Rams opened the set with a 13-7 lead over the Indians before Catawba cut the WSSU lead down to just one point, 15-14, but the Rams would never let go of their lead. The Rams pulled away 22-17 before Catawba scored back-to-back points, but a Gregson-Hammond kill was followed by a Catawba attack error to seal the Rams' 25-20 win.

With the win, the Rams improve to 17-6. The team will return to action, Monday when the team heads to Charlotte, N.C. to take on the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls. 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.