Rams Close Tri-Match with Three-Set Loss at Lees-McRae

BANNER ELK, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (13-8) couldn't quite get their offense going when the team took a hard-fought three-set loss to the Lees-McRae Bobcats (7-12), Saturday afternoon. The Rams found the points hard to come by in the loss, falling 25-19, 25-14, and 25-10.

The Rams struggled against the Bobcats' defense. The team totaled just 19 kills in the match, but the team's 21 attack errors did them no favors. WSSU freshman outside hitter Eboni Abjus-Samad led the way for the team with five kills in the match. Junior setter Mya Snow added 15 assists while freshman Mikayla Lytton added seven digs.

The opening set saw the best outing for the Rams, but still the team came up short, falling, 25-19. The Rams opened the set on a high note when the team countered a 0-3 start with a five-point rally to claim their first lead of the match, 5-3. The Rams held their lead until a 10-10 tie. However, Lees-McRae answered with a five-point run that left the Rams trailing, 10-15. Though the Rams would attempt to rally, but the team could not quite get the win, falling, 19-25.

The second set saw another slow start by the Rams, but the team could not quite back into the set, falling, 25-14. The Rams opened the set on a down note allowing Lees-McRae to score five straight points. However, unlike the opening set, the Rams would not rally to get back into the set as a 10-14 effort was as close as the Rams would get to the Bobcats. After falling behind 14-21, the Rams allowed four straight points to the Bobcats to seal the set loss.

The Rams struggles all came up in the third set as the team never quite challenged against the Bobcats. WSSU opened the set allowing six straight points. Of the first four points of the match by the Rams, the team's first offensive score came on a kill from freshman Trista Mykins. Fellow freshman Brycelin Spidel added another kill that left the score 10-24 before ending the match with a 25-10 loss.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 13-8. The team will return home for their next action as the team will host the Fayetteville State Broncos in a Monday evening Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division 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.