WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Shaw University women's volleyball team suffered a tough 3-2 (25-21, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18, 15-9) loss to Winston-Salem State in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division matchup on Thursday night at Whitaker Gymnasium.
The Lady Bears (7-6, 3-3 CIAA) had three players finish with double-digit kills on the night, with Deja Simpson (Orlando, FL) and Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, VI) each having 15, as Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) tallied 12 kills and nine digs. Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, PR) led the setters with 42 assists, followed by Tiffany Brooks (Efland, NC) with 20 digs.
All five sets were very competitive, making the match exciting from beginning to end. In the first set, the Lady Bears took a convincing 15-9 lead en route to a 25-21 win. Set two started out with both teams going point for point until the Lady Rams (9-5, 6-0 CIAA) went on a mini run (20-15) to take a convincing 25-18 victory.
The momentum carried over in the third set in favor of WSSU as the Lady Rams made a 6-1 lead midway through that would lead them to a 25-16 win.
The Lady Bears would respond in the fourth set when they started out with an 2-0 lead. SU would never trail in the set to claim the victory.
In the final set, both teams exchanged hits but WSSU found their groove halfway after an attack error by SU that followed with a service ace and kill for the Lady Rams.
Shaw will be back in action on Saturday, hosting Johnson & Wales (NC) and Morris in a tri-match beginning at 10 a.m. inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
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