The Winston-Salem State University Rams (22-7) claimed their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Volleyball Championship when they took a four-set win over the Shaw Bears (21-11). With the win, the Rams earned the first CIAA Volleyball Championship for Winston-Salem State in program history dating back to 1978.
The Rams were dominant for much of the match, but the team still its challenges against a Shaw team that had a lot of fight of their own. Winston-Salem State earned a 25-16 win in the opening set, but dropped a narrow 25-22 decision to the Bears in the second set. From there, the Rams took control earning a 25-15 third set win and claiming the championship with a 25-13 fourth set win.
Olivia Owens was named CIAA Tournament MVP this year.
The squad will continue to make program history on Thursday, Dec. 3 as the team makes its first NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament appearance taking on Wheeling Jesuit in Wheeling, W. Va. A big Ram send off was planned for the team.