The Ram’s (16-5, 5-3 MEC) took down Concord (9-16, 3-5 MEC) Friday evening with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-12, 25-14) win at home to rebound from the loss in their last outing.
The Shepherd offense returned to their usual form as they led in each major statistical category besides aces. For the game, the Ram’s recorded a total of 62 points, compared to Concord’s 25.
Shepherd also had 57 kills on the night, proof of a well-rounded team effort when Concord registered just 20 kills for the game. The Rams also won the statistical battle in two other categories by a wide margin Friday night. Shepherd had 43 assists and 72 digs for the entire game, and the Mountain Lions had just 18 assists and 43 digs.
With the win Friday night, the Rams have won seven of their last eight games, which has the Rams poised for post season conference play.
Top performers for the Rams on Friday were the usual ones for Shepherd. Rams outside hitter Cambriea Hill notched a game high 16 kills with senior middle hitter Christine Jackson getting 11 of her own to follow Hill. Rams sophomore setter Jessica Karcz led the game in both assists with 40, and in the digs category with 16.
Imani Major and Cambriea Hill also registered 13 digs apiece for the Rams in the winning effort.
Mountain Lions setter Lindsay Maddox led her team with 15 digs, finishing one shy of the game high behind Shepherd’s Karcz.
The Rams have a quick turnaround in game action as they face UVa-Wise Saturday afternoon Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. as they search for back-to-back home wins.
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