Rams recover early to storm to a dominating 3-0 win over WV Tech
The Rams extended their winning streak to five straight – all three set sweeps as they defeated the Golden Bears of WV Tech in three straight sets, 25-23, 25-9, 25-13.
September 13, 2012
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- The Rams extended their winning streak to five straight – all three set sweeps as they defeated the Golden Bears of WV Tech in three straight sets, 25-23, 25-9, 25-13. Cheznee Daily extended her double digit assist streak to eight games this season with 20 on the day. (Box)
Tech stormed out to an early 13-2 lead before holding a 10 point (15-5) lead as the Rams struggled to get things going in the opening set. A timeout by Head Coach Brian Votaw jumpstarted a 20-8 run spurred by senior Angi Highlander’s blocking and hitting at the net as Bluefield charged back to win the opening set 25-23.
“We were down 15-5 in the first set as we struggled to get in gear,” said Votaw. “But then went on a 20-8 run to win the set where Angi Highlander was the real key to the first set as she just dominated at the net with her blocking and hitting skills.”
The 5-foot-10 Hampton, Va., native led the Rams with season-high six blocks -- four solo and two assists -- on the day as she more than doubled her solo total for the season.
Bluefield used its first set ending run to cruise to an easy 25-9 victory in the second set before wrapping the day up with a comfortable 25-13 victory in the third and final set.
Freshman Jasmine Morrow, No. 4 in the NAIA in service aces per game (.850) provided three on the day. On the day the Rams served nine aces making them the top NAIA team in service aces per game (3.04). Colby Combs made a game-high nine kills. On the season the 6-foot outside hitter leads the Rams with 3.58 kills per game good for 40th in the NAIA.
Senior Cheznee Daily contributed with an all-around effort adding 11 digs, three kills, and two serving aces to her 20 assists.
“This match tells us a lot about where we have come this season as we lost to WV Tech in four sets one time last year and five sets on another occasion,” said Votaw. “Being able to take them in three straight, shows me there has been outstanding improvement and our young team of five starting freshman is playing well together.”
The Rams return to action on Thursday when they host the University of Charleston (W.Va.) at 6 p.m. in the Dome Gymnasium. On the season BC is a perfect 2-0 at home where they have outscored opponents 150-65 sweeping Bluefield State and Mid-South Conference foe UVA-Wise in three sets.