WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (13-8, 10-3 CIAA) clicked on all cylinders when the team took a dominating three-set win over the Saint Augustine's Falcons (0-12, 0-12 CIAA), Monday evening. The Rams controlled the match from the very beginning and never looked back as they cruised to their Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) victory.
The Rams combined a tremendous offensive effort along with a powerful defensive effort to claim the win. As a team, the Rams totaled 44 kills in the match while holding the Falcons to just nine kills. Freshman middle blocker Niyonna McIntyre led the way for the Rams with nine kills in the match. Senior outside hitters Miranda Taylor and Ytae Cobb totaled six kills each. Defensively, sophomore libero Myra Wallace led the way with 20 digs. Junior Tailor Jackson added 11 digs as well.
Winston-Salem State set the tone early with a great performance in the first set of the match. The Rams opened the match with a 16-3 run that included score eight unanswered points. The Rams allowed a four-point run to the Falcons to trim the lead down to eight points, 16-8, but WSSU would get back to their dominating ways when they closed the set with a 9-3 run and pulled away for the 25-11 win.
In the second set, the Rams put on an even more impressive performance as they once again pulled ahead early and put the set away with a big late run. The Rams opened the set with a 12-1 run to open the set. The Rams allowed back-to-back scores by the Falcons just twice during the set. The last came with a 23-6 lead by the Rams, but the team easily closed the set with an SAU attack error and a kill from senior middle blocker Reenah Harris that sealed the 25-8 win.
The third set was the most competitive set of the match, but the Rams soon held on to dominate and claimed the win. The Rams once again jumped out to a big lead, 7-2. The team allowed a brief run by the Falcons that cut the WSSU lead down to three points, 8-5. That was as close as the Rams would allow the Falcons to get as they pulled away 21-12. The final points were competitive, but the Rams outscored the Falcons 4-3 to claim the 25-15 win.
With the win the Rams improve to 13-8 overall and 10-3 in CIAA play. The Rams will return to action next Tuesday when the team heads to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the Shaw Lady Bears. 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.