CHARLOTTE, NC- The Winston-Salem State Rams (1-6) were outmatched when the team took a tough three-set loss to the Wingate Bulldogs (3-0) in the opening match of the Queens (N.C.) Invitational. The Rams were up for the early morning match, but the team could find no answers in the 25-6, 25-16, and 25-16 loss to the Bulldogs.
The Rams struggled to find points in the hard-fought match. As a team, the Rams managed just 17 kills and were hampered by 14 attack errors. WSSU junior outside hitter Ytae Cobb, sophomore middle hitter Alexis Gregson-Hammond and freshman Danyale Berry all totaled four kills each to lead the way for the Rams. Defensively, freshman Gabrielle Azar added six digs.
The opening set was a tough one for the Rams as the team scored just six points. At one points, the Rams allowed 11 unanswered points to the Bulldogs in the set.
The second set saw a much better effort by the Rams. The team opened the set with a strong effort, playing to an 8-8 tie after a Berry kill. However, the Rams allowed another big run by the Bulldogs to fall behind, 8-15. From there, the team fell short taking the 25-16 set loss.
The third set looked a bit the same as the second. This time, it was the Rams who came out with the strong effort. The Rams jumped ahead, 5-2, but Wingate once again answered and left the Rams trailing, 7-9 after a Gregson-Hammond kill. The Rams kept their opponents to within nine points, but the team could not get any closer than seven points as they ended the match on the 25-16 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 1-6. The team would return to action later in the day when the team took on the Augusta (Ga.) Jaguars. 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.