Eagles and Hawks Split Midweek Twin Bill
Kevin Buczek
PICTURED: Archived photo of NCCU senior Aleyah Evans, who hit a home run and drove in three runs for the Eagles in Wednesday’s doubleheader at Maryland Eastern Shore (by Kevin Dorsey)
NOTES: NCAA box scores with play-by-play

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Junior third baseman Dalika Wallace continued to tear the cover off the ball with four hits and four RBI as she helped the North Carolina Central University softball team to a non-conference road split at University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday afternoon.

The Hawks held on for a 6-5 win in the first game while the Lady Eagles prevailed 9-1 in the nightcap. NCCU departed at 13-21 overall and the Eastern Shore finished the day 6-23. The Lady Eagles won 4-of-5 games against the Hawks this season.

NC Central next hosts Bethune-Cookman University in a three-game MEAC Southern Division series at Thomas Brooks Park. The Lady Eagles and Wildcats will first play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. followed by the finale on Sunday at Noon.


GAME ONE: Eastern Shore 6, NC Central 5

Wallace, who led NCCU with three hits and three RBI, gave the visitors an initial 1-nil advantage with an RBI double in the top of the first. However, the Hawks scored the next six runs before holding on for the one-run win.

Wallace went 3-for-4. All three of her hits were extra-base hits. Wallace collected a pair of doubles before belting a two-run homer with one-out in the seventh to pull the maroon and gray within one run.

Eastern Shore plated four runs in the first and two more in the third. Sophomore Stephanie Huff paced the Hawks with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Her single to the left field gap in the first inning plated the first two runs to put the hosts up for good. Huff scored in that frame and then started the third inning with a double before scoring again.

The Lady Eagles got their next two runs in the fourth to pull within three, 6-3. The frame featured three singles, including a run-producing base knock off the bat of senior Claire Eosso.

Wallace launched her team-leading sixth home run over the left field fence to close out NCCU’s scoring with one out in the seventh.

NCCU left six runners on base as the Shore’s junior starting pitcher Leann Gingrich picked up the win. Gingrich allowed five runs – three earned – on eight hit over 6 1/3innings. But it took sophomore Nasya Goodman coming in relief after the Wallace home run to record the final two outs to preserve the Eastern Shore victory.

GAME TWO: NC Central 9, Eastern Shore 1 (Six Innings)

The Lady Eagles bounced back to win the finale. NCCU scored three runs in the top of the first to take control early before prevailing coasting to the eight-run rule triumph.

Sophomore Nadia Blevins was hit by a pitch and stole second to start NCCU’s first inning surge. Blevins, who swiped four bases in the game and five on the day to increaseher team high total to 20 on the season, scored the opening run on an RBI single by Wallace. The final two runs in the inning were unearned, but was capped with a run-producing single by senior Aleyah Evans.

Blevins accounted for NCCU’s fourth run in the third inning. She walked and stole second to start the frame before trotting home on a single by junior Tamiera Sanchez.

The Lady Eagles tacked on three more runs in the fifth with Evans coming up with the big hit. Evans launched a two-run homer to left for her fifth of the campaign. The final pair of runs were plated in the sixth. Blevins singles and swiped second and third before scoring the first on a sacrifice by sophomore Olivia Daniels. Wallace walked and stole second before scoring the final run on a sacrifice by Sanchez.

Evans finished the contest 2-for-2 with a walk, a home run and three RBI. Sanchez also had two hits and Blevins scored on three occasions.

Sophomore starting pitcher Kiara Hurley rebounded from a rough start in the opener to gain the win in the nightcap for the Lady Eagles. Hurley (11-12) had her shutout bid broken up in the fifth as the Hawks scored their only run in that frame, but the southpaw limited Eastern Shore to just four hits while striking out five in the complete-game victory.
 
 
Golf wins 2019 CIAA Northern Division Championship
VSU Sports
4/10/2019 | Men's Golf

The 2019 CIAA Northern Division Championship was contested at the Dogwood Trace Golf Club Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, in Petersburg, Va. Dogwood Trace Golf Course is a Par 72, 6, 605 yards layout proved to be a great test over the two day tournament with sunny and mild spring like days. The second day was very different from day one which was sunny, mild and calm wind versus day two that was very wet as a result of an overnight storm that produced lots of rain and left us with very wet playing conditions.

There were a total of 8 CIAA Team competing. Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C Smith University, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Virginia State University and Virginia Union University.

VUU led all team scoring both days with a team score of 601 (304/297) and was the tournament winner. VUU team scoring was led by Senior- Allan Day with a two-day total 143 (73/70), followed by Senior - Sergio Escalante 147 (73/74), Freshman -Travon Willis 154(76/78), Senior -Paul Meints 158 (82/76) and Freshman - Alkin Barkley 159 (82/77). Allan Day and Sergio Escalante were selected as members of the 2019 Northern Division Championship All-Tournament Team.

"This tournament was the second of our CIAA Championship Series, concluding with the CIAA Championship in April," said VUU Head Golf Coach E. Lee Coble. "This is the second time we have won the Southern and Northern Championship in the same season. The first was 2017-18 golf season. I didn't think they could improve upon their first day score with much tougher condition on the second day of the tournament. I couldn't be happier with the way the team responded with this challenging victory. The team two-day scoring average was 75.12. I continue to be very proud of this team performance along with the assistance of our Assistant Coach and Team Photographer Ricardo Andrews".
 
 
Nationally ranked Patriots knock off 'Breds
KSU  Sports

The Kentucky State University baseball team ran into a buzz saw of an offensive ball club, falling to #7 University of the Cumberlands, 16-4, in non-conference action Wednesday at Alumni Park.
 
Rams Take a 6-3 Loss at UNC Pembroke

WSSU outhit in tough road loss
Trevin Goodwin
PEMBROKE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (24-7) staged a late rally, but the effort was not enough as the team took a 6-3 road loss to the UNC Pembroke Braves (16-21), Wednesday afternoon. The Rams hadtheir trademark solid hitting performance, but the team could not get the runs they needed across the plate in the hard-fought loss.

As a team, the Rams had a solid day at the plate. WSSU totaled eight hits in the game. Rams senior left fielder Destiny Snipes led the way, going two-for-four at the plate with a double and two runs scored. Junior pitcher Erica Davis went two-for-three at the plate with an RBI.

The Rams began their scoring late in the game after allowing a hot start to the Braves. The Rams allowed four third inning runs and two fourth inning runs. But the team answered in the fifth inning when freshman third base Alleigh Himes drew an RBI bases-loaded walk. Snipes would then score on a UNCP wild pitch to pull the WSSU deficit down to four runs, 6-2. The Rams struck again in the seventh inning when a Snipes double was followed by an RBI single from Davis. However, that was all that the Rams could muster as they took the road loss.

Davis (9-5) took the pitching loss. She threw all seven innings with six runs allowed (six earned) on 10 hits with a strikeout.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 24-7. The two teams would go on to complete the doubleheader later in the day.
 
Rams Allow Late Breakout in 11-3 Loss at UNC Pembroke
Trevin Goodwin
WSSU gives up five sixth inning runs to seal loss

PEMBROKE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (24-8) played a solid overall game, but the team allowed a big sixth inning that proved costly in an 11-3 road loss to the UNC Pembroke Braves. The Rams took the loss in spite of a solid hitting performance and some spots of great defense.

As a team, the Rams had a typically impressive performance at the plate, but the team struggled late in the tough loss. WSSU totaled eight hits in the game with senior third base Kortney Thomas leading the way. She went two-for-four at the plate with a run scored. Junior designated player Erica Davis went two-for-four as well while sophomore outfielder Nyla Howard added a two-for-three effort of her own. A double from freshman Alleigh Himes was the only WSSUextra-base hit of the game.

For the second straight game, the Rams allowed the Braves to get out to a strong start. The team allowed two first inning runs and four third inning runs before Himes’ RBI double drove in freshman pinch runner  Destiny Middleton in the sixth inning. Freshman first base Aniyah Jones added an RBI of her own when she hit a single that scored Thomas. A UNCP fielding error also allowed Himes to score. With the Rams trailing 6-3, the team allowed five sixth inning runs to the Braves to take the 11-3, six-inning loss.

WSSU sophomore Tia Robinson (11-3) took the pitching loss. She started the game and went 5.1 innings. She allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 24-8. The team will return to action, Friday when they host the Fayetteville State Broncos in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division doubleheader. The game is also the Rams’ Strikeout Cancer game. For more information on Rams softball, log on to www.WSSURams.com.
 
SOFTBALL SPLITS PAIR WITH SPARTANS
James Heath
HAMPTON, Va. – Behind a walk-off single from Samyah Richardson in the bottom of the 11th in game one, the Hampton softball team split a doubleheader with Norfolk State winning the opener 4-3 and losing 2-1 in the nightcapon Wednesday.

Game one saw Hampton push a run across in the bottom of the first as DaSha Hill singled and went to second on an error before scoring on a single by Brianna Anderson.

Norfolk State scored a pair in the third and one in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Shelby DeSchamps to take a 3-1 lead. The Lady Pirates responded with a run in the sixth as Janae Lyles singled and was replaced by pinch-runner JoyaGreer who was sacrificed to second by Richardson. Sarah Kollas followed with a single to plate Greer trimming the deficit to 3-2.

In the bottom of the seventh, with one out Anderson walked and went to second on a Kial Watts single. Lyles followed with a single to center to plate Anderson to tie the game.

The teams traded chances until the 11th when with one out Watts singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lyles. Richardson followed with a sharp single down the left field line to score Watts with the winning run.

Allie Hotetz took the win throwing the last seven innings in relief allowing six hits and one run. Watts, Lyles and Morgan Crawford each had two hits in the game.

Game two saw Norfolk State scratch a run in the second on a RBI single by Deschamps and one in the fifth on a solo home run by Tuli Iosefa to lead 2-0. Hampton answered with a run in the bottom of the seventh as Anderson started witha triple and scored on a Lyles double. The Lady Pirates had runners at second and third with one out but couldn’t get the tying run across.

Hotetz provided another strong pitching effort in a tough-luck loss allowing eight hits in a complete game. Lyles was 2-for-3 to account for half of Hampton’s hits in game two.

The Lady Pirates will host Winthrop this weekend in a three-game series starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.

LADY PIRATES PUSH LANCERS IN 5-2 LOSS

FARMVILLE, Va. – The Hampton women’s tennis team scored a doubles point win for the first time this season in conference matches and earned a singles win as they fell 5-2 to Longwood on Wednesday.

The doubles pairing of Kiah Turner and Cherise Slocombe got Hampton the first win with a 6-1 victory at line one. After losing line three 6-3, the Hampton pairing of Yulia Kapitanova and Viktoria Ljungman won 6-2 at line two to giveHampton the team point.

In singles, the Lancers won at lines one, two, three, four and six. At line five, Haley Mullins came back after dropping the first set to take the win in a third-set tiebreaker 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

The Lady Pirates will close out the regular season on Sunday hosting Norfolk State for Senior Day at 1 pm.

For more information on Hampton University women’s tennis,  visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
 
 

Smith Wins Triple Jump at Battleground Relays
VUU Sports
4/8/2019 | Women's Track and Field

The Virginia Union University track and field program had a strong showing this past weekend at the University of Mary Washington's Battleground Relays. The meet included Division II institutions such as University of DC, and Lehman,as well as Division III schools of Mary Washington, McDaniel, Shenandoah, Regent, Goucher, Mary Baldwin

Highlighting the meet for the women's program was a win in the triple jump by sophomore Hananiah Smith. Her mark of 10.40m bested the field. Also, showing a strong performance was freshman Sheila Day who finished 2nd in the 100 hurdles with a season best of15.09.

Freshmen Ciera Jones and Majia Singleton additionally made the hurdle finals, with times of 17.31 and 17.99 respectively. Making the 100 meter dash finals was Derricka Dubose, who finished 8th in a time of 13.28. Sister Demetria also finished in the top 10with a time of 13.44 to place 10th.

The 4x100 meter relay team of Singleton, Dubose, Dubose, and Jones finished 3rd in the time of
51.30. Freshman Nyrah Smith-Mayfield finished 3rd the high jump, with a mark of 1.42m. Additionally making the shot put finals was Malika Fowler, who notched a throw of 9.20m.

The Panthers return to action this coming Friday at the University of Mount Olive.
 
Lawrence Records Season-Best at Battleground Relays
VUU Sports
4/8/2019 | Men's Track and Field

The Virginia Union University track and field program had a strong showing this past weekend at the University of Mary Washington's Battleground Relays. The meet included Division II institutions such as University of DC, and Lehman,as well as Division III schools of Mary Washington, McDaniel, Shenandoah, Regent, Goucher, Mary Baldwin

The Panther men captured first in multiple events, including the polve vault, 4x100 meter relay, and 4x800 meter relay. Freshman Alphonso Lawrence, the indoor CIAA vault champion, continued his strong year with a season-best mark of 3.75m. In the 4x800 meter relay, the team of Enos Rotich, Anthony Wimbish, Charles Whitehead-Tillery, and Micah Rotich notched what is believed to be the school's fastest outdoor 4x800 meter relay in history. The 4x100 meter relay team of Zorion Wiley, John Porter, Josh Sanders, and Rich Lytle won in a time of 43.10

Also highlighting strong performances was freshman James Boyd who ran 52.65 to palce 5th in the 400 meter dash. Freshman Desmond Smith placed 2nd in the high jump with a mark of 1.93, and was joined by freshman Charles Hall in 4th place who cleared 1.83.

In the throws the Pantehrs put three men into the javelin final, led by a 6th place showing by Darius Whitehurst with a distance of 30.84m. Closely behind in 7th was Xavier Bass with a distance of 30.73, and in 10th place Lawrence with a mark of 27.25. In theshot put freshman Mervin Temple made finals with a 9th place showing and distance of 9.74m.

The Panthers return to action this coming Friday at the University of Mount Olive
 
Eagles Passed at the Wire by Duke

Jonathan Duren
Attached photo courtesy of Kevin Dorsey

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University entered the final innings in a tie game for the third-straight contest, but this time Duke found a way to post two runs in the top of the ninth inning to get a 7-5 win over the Eagle on Tuesday, April 9 at the Durham Athletic Park.

NCCU(14-18) made its way onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning with three runs as both Carter Williams (Brown Summit, N.C.) and Myles Coston (Pittsburg, Calif.) knocked RBI singles, and Nick Fajardo (Durham, N.C.) brought home a run as well.

Duke (18-15) leveled the game in the top of the second inning after Chris Crabtree (Bahama, N.C.) cleared the bases an inside the park home run hit off the wall deep in center field to tie the game at 3-3. The Blue Devils went on to add two more runs on a double from Chase Cheek (Orlando, Fla.) in the top of the third, and then a bases loaded walk in the fourth to move ahead, 5-3.

The Eagles rallied to draw back to even terms in the bottom of the sixth as Josh Brammell (Harrison City, Pa.) ripped an RBI single and later came in to score on an error to move the score to 5-5. Both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock, but fantastic diving catches on defense from both centerfielders, Kennie Taylor (Tampa, Fla.) for Duke and Fajardo for the Eagles kept the game tied into the late stages.

Duke finally regained its advantage in the top of the ninth after a pair of two-out doubles from Kyle Gallagher (Endwell, N.Y.) and Cheek sent the Blue Devils ahead 7-5,and Thomas Girard (Simsbury, Conn.) worked the final three outs for his fourth save of the season.

Brammell led the Eagles with three hits, and he touched home twice with an RBI. Coston went 2-for-3 with an RBI as well, and Bryceson Hernandez (Cary, N.C.) hit his first career double and also came in to score in the bottom of the sixth inning as he helped to start the Eagles’ rally.

Crabtree had two hits with his three RBI as he added a double with his inside the park home run, and Cheek, Taylor, and Joey Loperfido (Haddonfield, N.J.) each had two hits.

NCCU returns to MEAC Southern Division play on Friday, April 12 against North Carolina A&T at 6:00 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina.
 
Robey, Howard Lacrosse Drop Sunday Matinee Versus Central Michigan;  Chippewas down Bison
Derek Bryant
(Photo Credit – Yusuf Abdullah)

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2019) – Howard University women’s lacrosse dropped its Sunday matinee contest against Central Michigan (CMU), 20-1, inside Greene Stadium.

CMU outscored the Bison before halftime, 13-1, and held HU scoreless after intermission.

In the first period, freshman standout Sydney Saunders (Baltimore) found a cutting sophomore Lailah Robey (Chesapeake Bay, Md.) for Howard’s lone goal at the 17:03 mark.

Robey, Saunders and senior Lauryn Smith (Philadelphia) each registered a draw control while sophomores Shelby Lee (Bowie, Md.) and Terie Young (Dallas) scooped up ground balls. Lee also caused a turnover in the loss.

Defensively, freshman Andrea Fievre (Snellville, Ga.) produced seven saves in a losing effort.

For Central Michigan (5-7), they had 11 Chippe was score, led by Anna Schoonover with four goals. Tyra Prince added four assists in the victory.

Next weekend, Coach Karli Brentlinger and the Bison continue league play.

Friday (April 12), HU takes on Stetson at 1 p.m. Two days later (April 14), Howard hits the road to face Kent State. Match time is slated for 11 a.m.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Fayetteville State University Names Luke D’Alessio as its New Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Adrian Ferguson

Fayetteville, N.C. – Fayetteville State University Director of Athletics Anthony Bennett has announced the hiring of Luke D’Alessio as the Broncos 18th head men’s basketball coach following a nationwide search.

D’Alessio will bring 33 years of consistent success at the NCAA Division I, II, and III levels, not to leave out Junior College and High School levels, in developing, transforming, and leading nationally-ranked championship teams. He has a proven capability in recruiting and developing quality student-athletes in highly competitive markets, both academically and athletically from diverse backgrounds.

“I am impressed with his recruiting ability and broad experience in gaining institutional support and community involvement,” said Director of Athletics Anthony Bennett. “Coach D’Alessio has played crucial roles in developing basketball programs on all levels and has led them to success on and off the court.”

Most recently, he helped guide NCAA Division I North Carolina Central University to three consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships and NCAA Tournament appearances as an assistant coach the past three seasons.

He has a career head coaching record of 339-156 with a 69% winning percentage. He has coached 14 out of 16 seasons with a win-percentage above .500.

Luke D’Alessio is no stranger to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association with 10 seasons (2000-2009) as the head coach at Bowie State University. While at the helm of the Bulldogs program, he finished with a 199-96 record anda 67.5-win percentage with a 2003 CIAA Championship, multiple CIAA divisional titles, a NCAA Final-Four appearance and a South Atlantic Regional Championship. He has a 7-3 NCAA Tournament record and coached 13 All-CIAA performers, 7 All-Region players, 3 Division II All-Americans, 2 South Atlantic Region Tournament MVPs and CIAA Players of the Year, and 1 CIAA Tournament MVP.

Coach D’Alessio was an assistant coach at Siena College (2013-15) and Loyola University of Maryland (2010-13), before joining the staff at NCCU, as their primary recruiter. He also spent a season abroad, coaching the UCC Blue Demons to a semi-final appearance in the National Cup in Ireland in 2010.

Before coaching at Bowie State, D’Alessio was the head coach at the Community College of Baltimore-Catonsville for six seasons (1993-99). While there, he coached his team to two Maryland JUCO Tournament titles, a conference title, and a national Elite eight appearance.

D’Alessio is a native of Raritan, New Jersey and a 1983 graduate of The Catholic University of America. His first day in the office will be April 15th.
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About Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state, having been founded in 1867. FSU offers degrees at the baccalaureate,master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,300 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation. To learn more about Fayetteville State athletics, visit fsubroncos.com.
 
Strong Opening Round Sits Hawks in Second
L. Charlotte Dinkins


PETERSBURG, Va.-The Chowan Men's Golf team played a strong opening round at the 2019 CIAA Northern Divisional with a 305 team score on Monday afternoon.

THE BASICS
ROUND ONE | Second Place (305)

LOCATIONS |Petersburg, Va. (Dogwood Trace Golf Club)

COMPLETE RESULTS HERE

ON THE COURSE
Virginia Union currently holds on to first place after posting a 304 in the opening round. The Hawks trail the Panthers by just one stroke after carding a 305 on Monday. Fayetteville State recorded a 314 team score to sit in third overall.

Logan Sessoms of Fayetteville State and Alex Stewart from Livingstone sit T1 after posting a 72 on the day.

Chowan carded a strong 305 to sit in second place after the opening round. Tyler Pittman leads the Hawks after he shot a 75 to currently sit in fifth place.

Following Pittman is teammate Donald Thaxton who carded a 76 to sit T6 for the Blue and White.

Steven Rhinard and Graham Cowan each posted a 77 on the day to sit T10, while Dale Davis rounded out the scoring for the Hawks with an 80 first round score.

UP NEXT
The Hawks will wrap up the final round of the 2019 CIAA Northern Divisional on Tuesday, April 9th.
 
CU's Women's Golf Complete Round Two of Conference Carolinas Championship

HARTWELL, Ga.-The Chowan Women's Golf team continued play at the 2019 Conference Carolinas Women's Golf Championship on Monday afternoon.

THE BASICS
LOCATION | Hartwell. Ga. (Cateechee Golf Club)

COMPLETE RESULTS HERE

HOW IT HAPPENED
After posting a 305 on Monday, the Limestone Saints leads the team leaderboard, while Mount Olive currently sits in second overall after recording a 310 in the second round. Belmont Abbey moved up two spots to sit in third place.

Tyler Dawson of Converse holds on to first place after she shot a 77 in the second round.

Competing for the Hawks is Gaby Rivera-Garcia and Reina PozoGaby Rivera-Garcia shot a 93 to drop to T45 after the second round of play. Rivera-Garcia posted three pars on the front nine and one par on the back for the Blue and White.

Reina Pozo shaved three strokes off her first round score to post a 94 for Chowan. With two pars and a birdie, Pozo currently sits in 49th place.

UP NEXT
The Hawks will wrap up play at the Conference Carolinas Women's Golf Championship on Tuesday, April 9th.
 
Bradley, Barbare Place Top-10 for NCCU at FAMU Invite
Kyle Serba
(Attached photo of Samuel Bradley by Doug Burt)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – North Carolina Central University men’s golf senior Samuel Bradley and freshman Daniel Barbare carded opening rounds of even par on their way to top-10finishes at the Florida A&M University Spring Invitational at St. James Bay Golf Club on April 6-7.

Bradley, a native of Sanford, North Carolina, followed up Saturday’s 72 with a 77 on Sunday to place seventh on the individual scoreboard. His consistent play resulted in24 pars, tying for second in the tournament field, to go along with five birdies.

Barbare, out of Raleigh, North Carolina, posted a 79 on Sunday to tie for 10th place at 7-over-par. He played the par-5 holes at 2-under-par during the weekend, which ranks third-best at this year’s invitational.

NCCU freshman Cameron Ratliff (Lawrenceville, Ga.), who tied for 43rd place with scores of 89 and 99, finished among the tournament leaders by playing the par-3holes at 1-over-par.

As a team, NCCU placed eighth out of nine teams with a two-round score of 684 (333-351), bettering Paine College’s 714 (351-363).

Up next, NCCU competes at the MEAC Men’s Golf Championship on April 28-30 at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah, Georgia.
 
Rams Take a 6-1 Loss at Shaw
Trevin Q. Goodwin
WSSU four-match winning streak snapped

RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (6-6, 5-3 CIAA) had their four-match winning streak ended when the team took a 6-1 road loss to the defending Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) champion Shaw Lady Bears (11-6, 9-1 CIAA), Sunday afternoon.

Default wins at #3 doubles and #6 singles were all that the Rams could get in the tough loss. Sophomore Avion Harris had the best effort as she took a 6-3, 3-6, 5-10 loss at #2 singles.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 6-6 overall and 5-3 in CIAA play. The team also falls into 2-3 in CIAA Southern Division play. The team will return to action, Tuesday afternoon when they host the division leading Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls. For more information on Rams tennis,  log on to www.WSSURams.com.