FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (15-14, 14-4 CIAA) ended the 2018 regular season on a down note when the team took a three-set road loss to the Fayetteville State Broncos (14-11, 14-4 CIAA). The Rams found a hard time getting their offense going when the team took the 25-15, 25-21, and 25-21. The loss was a tough one for the Rams as it pushed the team into third place in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division.
There was no shortage of effort for the Rams in the loss, but the team had a hard time getting its offense on track. As a team, the Rams totaled 32 kills, but committed 25 attack errors. WSSU sophomore Danyale Berry led the way for the Rams with a team-high 16 kills in the match. Freshman libero Myra Wallace led the WSSU defensive effort with a team-high nine digs in the match.
The Rams had a tough time getting started in the match as the team struggled through the first set. The team struggled early in the set as they fell into a 2-10 deficit against the Broncos to open the first set. The team fell behind by as many as 10 points before back-to-back FSU attack errors gave the team a bit of a lift, but the Rams could not quite get into the set, falling 25-15.
The second set saw a much better effort from the Rams. The two teams played to a 5-5 tie to start the set. The two teams continued to keep the set close when a Berry kill was followed by an FSU attack error that left the Rams trailing 10-11. However, things got tough for the Rams as the team allowed the Broncos to pull away, 11-18. The Rams would make a late comeback with five straight points in a rally that included a block from sophomore middle blocker Alexis Gregson-Hammond and setter Brittany Carpenter and a pair of Gregson-Hammond kills. The effort left the Rams behind 18-19. The Rams stayed close 21-22, but the team allowed three unanswered points to the Broncos to take the 25-21 second set loss.
The Rams came out with another solid effort in the third set. This time, it was the Rams who came out with a great effort as the team jumped ahead, 9-5. Things got tough for the Rams as the team allowed Fayetteville State to score seven unanswered points to fall behind, 9-12. After falling behind by as many as three points, 13-16, the team stormed back in a big way with a 5-2 run that pulled the team to within a point, 17-18. The Rams allowed the Broncos to go ahead 19-23 after allowing a 5-2 run to the Broncos. From there, the Rams scored three of the next four points, but a Bronco kill ended the set and the match, giving the Rams the 25-21 set loss and the three-set match loss.
With the loss, the Rams close out the 2018 regular season with a 15-14 overall record and a 14-4 record in CIAA play. The loss places the Rams in third place in the CIAA Southern Division. The Rams will enter the 2018 CIAA Volleyball Championship as the third seed from the CIAA Southern Division and will head to Richmond, Virginia to take on the Virginia Union Panthers.
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