WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Shaw University women's volleyball team earned a season sweep over the 2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Champions Winston-Salem State University by defeating the Rams 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-23) on Monday night in front of a crowded Whitaker Gymnasium Ram fans. The victory improves Shaw to 16-6 overall, 12-1 in league action and 6-1 within in the Southern Division.
With the loss, WSSU falls to 16-12 overall, 11-3 in the conference and 5-3 in the south.
Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) recorded a game-high 17 kills and 11 digs while Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix,VI) tallied 12 kills four blocks and Tapanga Moten (New Orleans, LA) punched in 10 kills and four blocks. Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, PR) dished out a match-high 47 assists while both Aisja Jones (Red Oak, TX) and Tiffany Brooks (Efland, NC) collected 10 digs each in the win.
After a total of nine ties in the opening set, the Rams got out to a two-point lead when the score showed 15-13 and was able to hold on to at least a one-point lead before a Shaw's miscue allowed WSSU to stretch its lead 24-21. An attack error by the Lady Bears and a kill by Christa Brown gave the Rams the set win.
The Lady Bears got off to a better start in the second frame after leading 6-2. The Rams would go on a 6-2 run to cut the deficit. The contest was tied five times down the stretch until the Lady Bears groomed a three-point lead before closing the set with three straight points for the win.
The third set went to the wire as the score showed 22-22 but the Lady Bears would score three unanswered points to close out the third frame with the 25-22 set win on a Rams error and kill apiece from both Wattley and Morghan Robinson (Anaheim, CA).
The Lady Bears led by as many as 10 points in the fourth set – the most the entire match until the Rams rallied to get within one point point with the score showing 24-23 in favor of Shaw. Despite blowing the double-digit lead, the Lady Bears was able to come out of Whitaker Gym with the win after a block assisted from both Moten and Wattley.
Shaw will return to action at UNC Pembroke on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. for a non-conference matchup.
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