RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University women's volleyball team snapped a 15-year losing skid to the Rams of Winston-Salem State University on Thursday night after earning a 3-1 victory in front of a packed crowd in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The victory is the 12th-straight win – the Lady Bears longest win-streak in program history and improves Shaw's conference record to a 9-0 mark and 3-0 in division action. The Rams drop to 11-6 overall, 7-2 CIAA, 1-2 in divisional play.
In the opening set, Shaw (12-5 overall) established a 4-0 lead before WSSU got within three points twice with the last showing 23-20 in favor of the Lady Bears but a kill from Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) and a miscue from the Rams gave Shaw the 25-21 set win.
Shaw came out flat in the second set. Overwhelmed by the Rams, the Lady Bears trailed 7-3 early and would fall behind by as many as eight before wrestling back to cut the deficit to three (23-20) with the help of some reserves. A service ace and an error on Shaw gave the Rams the 25-22 set win.
The Lady Bears took a 5-1 lead to start the third frame but was forced to call a timeout after the Rams cut its lead 10-8. WSSU tried to claw its way back but it was all Shaw in the third set as the Lady Bears looked superb towards the end to earn the 25-19 set win.
The fourth set started off tight as both teams battled back and forth until Shaw scored six unanswered points sparked by a kill from Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, VI) to lead 10-4. The Rams would return the favor as they got within one midway before the contest became tied at 22-all. The Lady Bears would then go onto score three-straight points, including two kills from Murphy to seal the deal (25-22) and take the 3-1 victory over WSSU.
Please note that the final cumulative statistics for tonight's game was not available upon this release. Please check back with www.shawbears.com for a complete boxscore and finals stats.
The Lady Bears will return to action on Oct. 10th in Spaulding Gymnasium for another divisional matchup against Fayetteville State University. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.
For more information on Shaw volleyball and its 11 varsity sports, visit shawbears.com.