The Rams went on the road to take on Fairmont State Tuesday evening, and have improved to 21-6 and 9-4 in Mountain East Conference action. Shepherd defeated Fairmont State in four sets, 34-32, 25-13, 23-25, 25-20 as Fairmont was unable to prevent a clean sweep in the third set.
The win streak for the Rams now sits at four as they were able to continue their momentum from the back-to-back wins over the past weekend. The Rams had one of their best offensive outputs of the season as they totaled 80 points through the contest, compared to 60 from Fairmont State.
To go along with the 80 points put up on the offensive side, the Rams gave just as much of an effort defensively with 77 digs, 10 blocks, and 63 kills.
Sophomore Peyton Lindblad had a match high 26 of the Rams 63 kills to go along with a 42-attack percentage, good for third best of her season.
Rams setter Jessica Karcz continued personal momentum the previous matches, as she totaled 56 of the teams 62 total assists on the night. Karcz also added a team high four aces out of seven for Shepherd.
Fairmont State was unable to generate an ace of their own as they were blanked in that category by the Rams’ defense.
Rams freshman libero Milleysha Molina-Otero got her first start of the season and totaled a team high 19 digs, proving head coach Alex Hoekstra made the correct decision Tuesday.
Freshman middle hitter Nicole Murray registered a team high five blocks for the Rams with senior middle hitter Christine Jackson adding four of her own with both teams totaling 10 for the match.
The next game for the Rams is on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. as they head out on the road for the final two regular season matches.