After falling to Lincoln earlier in the season, the Wilson volleyball team got payback on the road by outlasting the Abes 25-20, 8-25, 25-15, 12-25, 15-12 on Tuesday night.
The Rams charged out to a 7-2 lead in the decisive fifth game, as Kiara Knox collected two of her team-high nine kills during the stretch and Nia Hudson added two kills as well. Lincoln climbed back to take a 9-8 lead on a tip over by Tamia Braggs, but Rams captain Savana Smith responded with two kills in the span of four points to give the Rams the lead for good at 12-10. They finally claimed the match when a Lincoln return fell just out of bounds with Wilson up 14-12.
Momentum swings were a common theme, as the Abes used a 14-0 run to take dominate the second game. Lincoln libero Leea Jones dominated from the serving stripe in the game, collecting five of her team-high seven aces in a stretch of seven points. The freshman also put up a game-high 22 digs.
But Wilson answered right back with a 17-5 stretch in the third game to establish a 20-11 lead, as Knox had three kills and Sarah Schroeder had two of the Rams’ four aces in the period.
Smith finished with six kills for the Rams, while Natalie Millsap had four aces and Schroeder tallied 23 assists and eight digs. Braggs had six kills for the Abes, while Bedanys Rivera had nine assists and seven digs.
The Rams improved to 2-5 in league play with the win, while the Abes still maintained playoff positioning at 3-4, with five more matches to play.