WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (15-8) kept their home record unblemished when the team took a four-set win over the Lees-McRae Bobcats (7-13), Tuesday evening. After a 23-25 loss in the opening set, the Rams rolled to the win, 25-13, 25-20, and 25-22.
The Rams took the win behind a strong overall effort, but the team was especially impressive offensively when they recorded 41 kills in the match. Junior right side hitter Jasmine Smith led the way for the Rams with 14 kills and five total blocks (none solo) in the match. Sophomore middle blocker Christa Brown and senior middle blocker Jocelyn Mills led the Rams defense when they each recorded eight total blocks. Brown recorded a solo block in the effort.
The opening set was a tough one for the Rams as the team's late rally fell short in the loss. After playing to an 11-11 tie, the Rams allowed the Bobcats to take a 21-14 lead after a 10-3 run. From there, the Rams could not stop the Bobcats who closed out the set with a four-point run.
The second set was a much different story as it was the Rams who jumped out early and never looked back. This time it was the Rams who jumped out early when the team mounted a 7-2 run to open the set. After allowing Lees-McRae to get to within four points, 12-8, the Rams mounted an eight-point run that included a pair of Mills blocks, the Rams pushed their lead to double-digits 18-8. From there, the team cruised to the 25-13 set win to tie the score at 1-1.
The third set was a hotly contested affair as well with Lees-McRae jumping out to the early 8-3 lead. The WSSU deficit grew to as many as seven points, 12-5. It was then that the team made its stand, tying the set, 19-19 after a 12-7 run. The Rams took their first lead of the set after a service ace from junior outside hitter Sydney Holland. From there, the Rams pulled away with a 6-1 run that closed the set.
The final set was another tough one that saw the Rams once again battle and pull away late for the victory. The Rams took control with a 9-4 lead before a Lees-McRae run cut the WSSU lead down to just two points 15-13. After holding on to their two-point cushion, 23-21, the Rams got the win with a pair of scores from an LMC attack error and a final block from Mills and Smith.
With the win, the Rams improve to 15-8 overall. The team will return to action this weekend when they head to Concord, West Virginia to take on the Concord Mountain Lions and West Virginia Wesleyan in a tri-match.
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