WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (2-3) wasted little time in securing their first home win of the season when the team rolled to a three-set win over the Catawba Indians (2-2). The Rams clicked on all cylinders to take the win, taking the win, 25-13, 25-22, and 25-17.
As a team, the Rams took the win behind an impressive performance. The Rams finished the match with 32 kills with just nine attack errors in the match. The team was also impressive defensively with 43 digs and 11 total blocks (five solo). WSSU junior outside hitter Mia Herrod led the way with 14 kills with four digs and a block assist. Junior middle blocker Christa Brown added six kills with a solo block. Senior outside hitter Sydney Holland added 11 digs as well while sophomore libero Makala Lytton added nine digs.
The Rams controlled the match from the very beginning. After jumping out to an early 3-2 lead, the Rams exploded for a 9-2 run that left the team on top, 12-4. The Rams continued to control the set and really put things away when the team exploded once again for an 8-1 run that gave the team a 20-8 lead, the largest of the night. From there, the Rams cruised to the victory.
The second set was a much more competitive affair, but in the end, the Rams never lost control of the match and pressed on for the win. The match was competitive early as the two teams played to a 2-2 tie before the Rams broke out to take a 10-6 lead in the set. Things would not go easy for the Rams as Catawba rallied to tie the set, 16-16. The Rams had the answer, however, as the team took advantage of three straight Catawba errors to kickstart a 5-2 rally that left the Rams on top, 24-19. Catawba would make things interesting when they scored three straight points to pull to within two points of the Rams, 24-22 before senior setter Mya Snow closed the set with a kill that ended the set.
There was not as much drama in the third and final set as the Rams cruised to the win. The Rams opened the set in a big way with a 10-5 lead following a block by Herrod and sophomore middle blocker Brycelin Spidel. Once in control, the Rams never looked back. One highlight of the set cam when the Rams scored five straight points and took a commanding 18-11 lead. The Rams pushed their lead to as many as nine points when Spidel and Holland combined for a block that left the Rams on top, 23-14. From there, the Rams and Indians traded points to seal the 25-17 lead.
With the win, the Rams improve to 2-3 overall. The team will return home for their next action when they host the Concord Mountain Lions in a 7:00 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.