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RALEIGH, N.C.  – The Shaw women's volleyball team will take on the Winston-Salem State Rams Thursday (Sept. 27) in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) matchup inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on


Thursday's contest is tagged as Blackout and all Shaw Lady Bear fans are asked to wear black and arrive early as seats will be limited in Spaulding.


Shaw heads into the contest with a 9-6 overall record, highlighted by a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play, in route to matching its best program for the third straight season. Winston-Salem State is 7-10 on the year and 6-0 in the league matches.


In its last outing, the Lady Bears defeated Lees-McRae on Tuesday night to extend its win-streak to seven matches. Shaw won the first set by five before clinching a tight second set but were edged by the Bobcats in the third set and in the fourth; the Lady Bears put the game away for the win.


Shaw leads the CIAA in five categories after six conference matches. The Lady Bears are first in kills per set (11.26), hitting percentage (.181), and assist per set (10.10), service ace per set (2.21) and points per set (15.0). Additionally, Shaw is second in team kills (597), assist (540), service ace (134), block assist (133), total blocks (83) and points (797.0).


The Rams own a three-match winning-streak heading to Raleigh Thursday as the squad defeated Virginia State in a 3-2 decision on Friday (Sept. 23). WSSU won the last meeting between the two teams in the CIAA championship match where the Rams defeated Shaw 3-0 back on Nov. 19.


Ytae Cobbs leads the attack for WSSU offensively with 168 kills, averaging 2.75 kills per set. Danyale Berry is behind with 119 and a 103 digs. Brittany Carpenter and Zia Hamilton have combined for 445 assist while Gabrielle Azar collects 3.60 digs per set.


WSSU owns a .128 team attacking percentage, which ranks fifth in the CIAA.


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