FSU Broncos nine-game winning streak snapped by Winston Salem State, 3-1

Oct. 16, 2017

Final Stats

By JaâTMShawn Steward-Johnson -

(FAYETTEVILLE, NC – October 16) The Fayetteville State University Broncos (15-7) entered today’s CIAA Southern Division volleyball game against Winston Salem State (15-4) on a nine-game winning streak, looking to put the streak at ten consecutive.

However, the Broncos would fall short at home, losing to the Rams in four sets (25-17, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23). This loss marks the volleyball team’s first loss in nearly three weeks.

Nia Bell (Elizabeth City, NC) led the Broncos with ten (10) kills. She also had 11 digs. Arlicia Ortiz (Spanaway, WA) had another stellar game with a game-leading 16 digs and she also added 8 kills. Nakia McKinnie (Niceville, FL) had 19 assists and Paige Clark (Milton, GA) had 15 digs tonight.

Tonight’s game featured 21 tie-scores and 7 lead changes as the Broncos and Rams battled passionately for four sets.

The fourth set had the crowd on the edges of the seats as you could hear audible groans and even-louder cheers for the home team. Winston Salem State raced out to an early 5-1 lead on the Broncos. However, the Broncos battled back to tie the game at 8-8 and then later at 10-10. At this point in the tie game, Bell had three (3) kills and Ortiz had two. Winston Salem State reclaimed the lead with four consecutive points before an FSU timeout. The timeout proved helpful as the Broncos answered back to tie it 14-14 thanks to two Jacobs kills. The Rams gained the lead back, although, on a Bronco error. From that point, it was a nail-biting, heart-breaking affair as the Broncos cut the Rams lead to one point on six (6) separate occasions.  A kill by Bell put the score at 21-22 and another kill by Jacobs had the Broncos down one point, 23-24. However, the Broncos would lose the ensuing point and ultimately, the set, thanks to a kill by the Rams.



Tied one set apiece, the third set proved to be pivotal. There were five early ties and three early lead changes in the third set. A kill by Bojo Jada (Jamestown, NC) tied up the set at 8-8. However, Winston Salem State would take the lead on an FSU error en route to a Rams run of 17-7. The Broncos would lose the third set 15-25. In this set, Jada, Chynna Hunt (Summerville, NC), and Jayde Jacobs (Fayetteville, NC) each had two kills for FSU.

The second set began with the Rams drawing first blood. The second set was a back and forth affair that saw eight (8) ties and two (2) lead changes. Tied at 9-9, an error by the Broncos gave the Rams the lead but the Broncos tied it back up at 11. A kill by Hunt gave the Broncos their first lead of the second set at 15-14. However, five consecutive FSU errors gave Winston Salem State the lead at 16-19. Winston Salem would hold on to the lead to win the second set 25-21, despite the Broncos shrinking the lead to 20-21 at one point.

In the first set, Winston Salem State also drew opening blood. There were four early ties. The last tie was broken at 8-8 after an attack error by the Rams. Three (3) more consecutive errors by the Rams gave the Broncos a 12-8 lead. After Winston Salem shortened the lead to two points, Fayetteville State went on a 13-7 run to win the first set of the game. In the run, the Broncos saw five different players (Bell, Jada, Ortiz, and Hunt) get a kill, including the game point kill by Jacobs. The score of the first set was 25-17.

Playing in Capel Arena, the Broncos enjoyed a large and energetic crowd as it was domestic violence and sexual assault awareness night. Students were encouraged to wear black and the first fifty (50) fans at the game were gifted a “No More” t-shirt. The night was sponsored by SAAC and the Title IX office.

Before today’s match against Winston Salem State, the Broncos had surrendered exactly two (2) sets and had seven (7) 3-0 sweeps during their nine-game winning streak.  

With this loss against their Southern division rivals, FSU moves to third place in the division. (The Rams move into a tie for first place with Shaw.) FSU is now 10-2 in conference play.

This Wednesday, October 18th, the Broncos go to Orangeburg, South Carolina to take on Claflin. (The Broncos swept Claflin at home September 13.)

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