PETERSBURG, VA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (9-3, 6-0) remained perfect in conference play when the Rams took a four-set victory over the Virginia State Trojans on the opening day of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Volleyball Round Up. With the win, the Rams claim their eighth straight victory and remained unbeaten in CIAA play with their 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, and 25-17, Saturday afternoon.
The Rams took the win behind a great overall team effort. The team mounted a great offensive effort to take the win. As a team, the Rams totaled 44 kills in the match with just 26 attack errors. WSSU senior outside hitter Sydney Holland led the way for the Rams with a double-double 13 kills with 10 digs while senior outside hitter Jasmine Smith added 10 kills. Sophomore libero Makayla Lytton added 18 digs with five service aces as well.
The Rams got the match started on a high note with an impressive first set. The Rams opened the set on fire with a 7-2 run. Virginia State would cut the Rams' lead down to four points, 18-14 before WSSU pulled away with a 7-3 run to close out the set.
The second set saw a tough loss by the Rams. Once again, the Rams opened the set with an impressive start, jumping out ahead, 12-5 and carrying a 23-19 lead late into the set. However, it was then that Virginia State answered with a furious six-point rally that gave the Rams their first set loss of the day.
From there, the Rams never looked back with back-to-back wins in the third and fourth sets. The third set was especially impressive. After playing to a 9-9 tie, the Rams took control of the set with a five-point rally to take a 14-9 lead. After Virginia State cut the Rams' lead down to two points, 16-14, the Rams pulled away with a 9-5 run that sealed the set. The fourth set was even more impressive when the Rams jumped out to a 9-3 lead. Virginia State would rally themselves to cut the WSSU lead in half, 9-6 to make the set closer. It was late in the set that the Rams were most impressive. After taking a 20-15 lead, the Rams kicked things into gear to finish the set with a five-to-two run to close the set.
With the win, the Rams improve to 9-3 overall and gain a measure of payback after Virginia State ended the Rams' season in 2016. The Rams would go on to take on the Bowie State Bulldogs later in the day.
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