Rams defeat Blue Bears, 3-0 Sweep Style
The red hot WSSU Volleyball team returned to Whitaker Gym on Monday night and won its second straight sweep. Livingstone was the latest victim, falling 25-20, 25-12 and 25-23. The Rams have won four of their last five matches, all at Whitaker or the C.E. Gaines Center.
Livingstone jumped to an early five-point lead in the opening set, but the Rams rallied to tie it at 9-9. After a Blue Bears timeout, WSSU rallied behind the serving of junior Myra Wallace to forge ahead by three points at 12-9.
Sophomore Sanaa Lanier had a beautiful tip at the net and a kill to give ‘SU a 14-12 lead. Livingstone fought back to tie the match at 14-14. Junior Breona Young’s solid serving and a kill by freshman Rheign Davis allowed the Rams to take a 17-14 lead.
The set stayed close until the Rams took a 21-18 lead. Livingstone called a time out, but it couldn’t interrupt WSSU’s rally. The Rams responded with three additional points to go up 24-18, their largest lead in the set, and closed it out with a 25-20 win.
WSSU never trailed in the second set. The set was tied only once at 4-4. Young’s serving midway through the set enabled the Rams to grab a 15-9 lead.
The Rams continued their dominance, going up 20-11. Livingstone called a time out. WSSU responded behind the serving of Wallace to take an 11-point lead at 23-12. ‘SU closed the set with a commanding 25-12 victory.
Livingstone controlled the first half of set three, leading by as many as four points and led 13-11 when freshman Angel Bowden came in to serve. She led a five-point Rams rally, highlighted by a service ace to put the Rams ahead 16-13.
The Blue Bears fought back to tie the set at 16-16. Freshman Zoe White teamed with Lanier for a great block at the net, allowing the Rams to take a 17-16 lead.
WSSU would never surrender the lead, winning the set 25-23.
Lanier led the Rams with seven kills. Freshman Raven Gray and Young each had six kills. Wallace finished with five aces and 10 digs. Bowden had eight digs.
The Rams hit the road with a match at Bluefield State on Wednesday and a weekend CIAA Roundup at Virginia State.