RALEIGH, N.C.  – The Shaw University women's volleyball team fell to St. Andrews University, 3-0 in a non-conference match on Wednesday evening inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. The Knights swept the Lady Bears in three sets, 25-20, 25-10 and 33-31. 


With the loss, Shaw drops to 0-5 on the season, while St. Andrews improves to 2-4 on the year.


The Lady Bears were edged by the Knights 36-32 in kills and a hitting percentage of .173 compared to SU's .86. Shaw was also topped in service aces 9-2 and turned in a 9-6 serving error ratio comparison.


Sophomore Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) led Shaw with eight kills and 11 digs, while freshman Aisja Jones (Red Oak, TX) added six kills and freshman Amari Fletcher (Phoenix, AZ) tallied five.


Sophomore Christine Ngeve (Greensboro, NC) and freshman Alex Masnica (Chicago, IL) topped the Lady Bears with 13 assist apiece. Masnica also registered eight digs on the night.


SAU jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the opening set before the Lady Bears rallied to tie the set at 6-6.  St. Andrews then pushed its lead out to 16-11 before closing out the set 25-20.  The Knights dominated the second stanza, jumping out to leads of 12-6 and 19-7 before winning the second set in strong fashion 25-10. 


Set three would see multiple runs filled with exciting rallies that would bring the Shaw faithful's in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium to their feet.  Shaw emerged to leads of 5-2 and 8-3 before forcing the Knights to take a timeout.  The timeout would prove effective as St. Andrews would trim the Lady Bears lead to 11-8 before tying the set at 14-14. The Knights would then take a 17-15 advantage before the Lady Bears raced back to tie the set at 23-all. The teams went point for point in the final moments of the contest before St. Andrews orchestrated a three-point run to win the final set, 33-31.


Angelica Arroyo paced the Knights with 11 kills, seven digs and three blocks assisted, followed by Lindsey Wagner with seven kills and six digs. Defensively, Nora Darrhar tabbed a game-high 17 digs.


The Lady Bears return to action Saturday, September 10th at home versus Benedict College. First serve is slated for 2 p.m.


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