WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (9-6, 6-1 CIAA) clicked on all cylinders when the team took a three-set win over the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls (3-7, 2-5 CIAA), Monday evening. The Rams dominated the match from the very beginning on their way to the win.
The Rams put on an impressive performance in every aspect of the match on their way to the win. The team finished the match with 42 kills while holding the Golden Bulls to just 26 kills. The Rams also had 17 total blocks (three solo) as well. WSSU senior outside hitter Ytae Cobb led the way for the team with 10 kills in the match. Sophomore outside hitter Tailar Jackson added nine kills with seven digs. Freshman middle blocker Niyonna McIntyre also had a great game with seven kills and four total blocks (none solo).
Winston-Salem State opened the match in impressive fashion when they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in the first set. The Rams opened the set with a 9-1 run to jump ahead of the Golden Bulls. The team kept their eight-point lead 20-12 before a service ace and a kill from freshman Laiyah Haley left the team on top, 22-12. The Rams went on to hold on to their 10-point lead and sealed the win, 25-15.
The second set was a much more competitive one as the Rams saw their early lead whittled down late. However, the team held off the late rally to claim the win. Once again, it was the Rams who jumped out to the early lead when they took a 9-3 lead over the Golden Bulls. The Rams were able to go ahead by as many as nine points, 21-12. From there, Johnson C. Smith went got on a rally when they erased the WSSU lead with a nine-point run. The effort left the Rams and Golden Bulls tied, 21-21. The two teams traded back-to-back two-point scores to tie the set, 23-23. The ended the set with a Cobb kill and a block from Cobb and freshman outside hitter Sanaa Lanier that ended the set, 25-23.
After the scare in the second set, the Rams broke out with a great effort to seal the match and claimed the win. For the second time in the match, the Rams took a 9-1 lead in the set. From there, the team went on to take an 18-12 lead before breaking out for four straight points to take a 22-12 lead. From there, the two teams would just go on to trade points until a kill from Cobb ended the match with a 25-15 third set win.
With the victory, the Rams improve to 9-6 overall and 6-1 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Rams will return to action this weekend when they head to nearby Salisbury, N.C. to take on the Livingstone Blue Bears in a 6:00 p.m. match. 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.