RALEIGH, NC – The Shaw University women's volleyball team earned a 3-1 victory over Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference (CIAA) foe Fayetteville State University in front of 812 Shaw faithful's inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium Monday night.
The win puts the Lady Bears back in first place of the Southern Division as Shaw defeated FSU by the scores of 25-16, 19-25, 25-23 and 25-21. The victory improves the Lady Bears record to 17-7 overall, 13-1 in the conference and 7-1 within the Southern Division. The Lady Broncos fall to 16-6 overall, 11-4 in the CIAA and 7-2 within the division.
Statistics showed that Shaw held advantages in kills (54-45), assists (53-38), and digs (78-65) over Fayetteville State.
Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) led the Lady Bears with a double-double 16.5 points on 16 kills and 16 digs. Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, VI) added 14.0 points, as she tallied 14 kills and four digs. Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, PR) dished out a game-high 51 assists while Tiffany Brooks (Efland, NC) aided a team-best 19 digs.
After trailing by two in the opening set, Shaw went on a 7-0 run to lead 10-5 before FSU cut at the deficit sparked by a kill from Nia Bell. The closest the Lady Broncos got to the Lady Bears midway through was four points as Shaw controlled the remainder of the set in addition to a service error from FSU that gave SU the set victory, 25-16.
Tied six times, with last tie showing 12-12, FSU punched in a 4-1 run. The Lady Bears got within one point (18-17) but a kill by Bojo Jada and two errors from the Lady Bears resulted in a mini run for FSU. Shaw accounted for a total of six errors compared to the Lady Broncos two which ultimately resulted in a 25-19 setback for SU.
Both teams battled to the wire in the third frame and as the set became tied for the ninth time, Murphy plastered a kill to the right side to give the Lady Bears a one-point advantage followed by a kill from Nautica Vega (Elizabeth, NJ) to give Shaw the 25-23 set win.
In similar fashion of the third set, Shaw took a 7-4 lead but two errors from the Lady Bears tied the contest at 7-7 before FSU groomed a three-point lead midway in the fourth stanza. After a ball handling error on the Lady Broncos, Shaw tied the contest at 19-19 and was able to take the momentum and with the help of the Shaw faithful's, SU planted a 5-2 run to secure the 25-21 win and break the series even with the Lady Broncos on the season.
Shaw will return to action on Friday, Nov. 11 at cross-town rival Saint Augustine's at 6 p.m.
For more information on Shaw volleyball and its 11 varsity sports, visit www.shawbears.com.