PETERSBURG, Va. – The Shaw University women's volleyball team will participate in the 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) for the second-straight year after a triumph 3-1 victory over the Trojans of Virginia State University in the semifinal round on Saturday night.
Shaw clipped Virginia State 26-24 in the opening set and captured a 28-26 win in set two. Virginia State regrouped to take a 25-15 win in the third set but dropped a 26-24 decision in the fourth set.
Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) led all players in the contest with 29 kills in the victory while Aisja Jones (Red Oak, TX) added 13 kills in the win. Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, PR) recorded 54 assists for the Lady Bears and Tiffany Brooks (Efland, NC) collected 30 digs. Olmeda-Gonzalez added 15 digs in the win with Murphy recording 14 digs.
The opening set featured a fierce battle for control of the momentum. The Lady Bears and Trojans matched each other point-for-point through the duration. With the score knotted 24-24, a Trojan attack error and kill by Jones handed Shaw the 26-24 win in set one.
Virginia State jumped to a 16-9 lead in the second set. The Lady Bears fought to stay within striking distance and managed to battle back and tie the set 18-18. After an all-out battle down the final stretch of the second set, a Virginia State attack error and kill by Nautica Vega (Elizabeth, NJ) secured the a 28-26 win for the Lady Bears.
In the third set, VSU raced to a 6-2 lead before building a 16-9 advantage by the midway point. The Trojans clung to the lead for the remainder of the set and secured the 25-15 win using Adriana Hazou's service ace.
In the fourth set, the Trojans once again came out with an early advantage. VSU held a narrow 16-12 lead but the Lady Bears battled back to knot the score 16-16. VSU and Shaw exchanged points down the final stretch of set four before the Lady Bears captured the 26-24 win with a kill by Jones and a service ace.
Shaw advances to the CIAA Championship match with a 21-7 overall record. The Lady Bears will take on Fayetteville State University on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Center on the campus of Virginia State University.
The Trojans' season comes to an end with a 19-10 overall record.
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