LADY BEARS SERVE PAYBACK, SWEEPS FAYETTEVILLE STATE TO CLAIM SOUTHERN DIVISION TITLE

LADY BEARS SERVE PAYBACK, SWEEPS FAYETTEVILLE STATE TO CLAIM SOUTHERN DIVISION TITLE

RALEIGH, N.C. – For the second-consecutive season, the Shaw University women's volleyball team claimed a conference regular-season championship. The Lady Bears earned a 3-0 sweep of Fayetteville State University (25-21, 25-23, and 26-24) on Monday night and claimed the 2017 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division title.


The Lady Bears improved to 24-4 overall while moving to 14-1 in the CIAA and 8-1 in the South. Shaw extends their win-streak to three-straight after tonight's victory. FSU drops to 19-9 on the season, 12-3 in the league and 6-3 in the division.
Junior Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, VI) recorded a team-high 11 kills and hitting percentage of .348 for Shaw while adding five digs. Sophomore Tapanga Moten (New Orleans, LA) notched 10 kills and three blocks. Junior Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, PR) registered a match-high 24 assists to go along with three digs while junior Christine Ngeve (Greensboro, NC) added 10 assists and five stops.


Defensively, senior Tiffany Brooks (Efland, NC) finished with 18 digs while junior Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) contributed nine stops, eight kills, and three service aces.


The Lady Bears picked up a 6-1 lead in the opening set. FSU managed to stay close as the set tied six times before Wattley added two-straight points to give Shaw a 22-20 advantage. The Lady Bears would use a 3-1 spurt to pull off a 25-21 win.


Both teams were evenly matched in the second set as the frame went down to the wire. Shaw earned a point off a miscue from FSU that led to a kill from senior Deja Simpson (Orlando, FL) on the following possession, which gave the Lady Bears a two-point cushion. Shaw would get their set point on a kill from Wattley, as the Lady Bears took the 25-23 win and 2-0 lead heading into the third set.


Similar to the second set, both teams continued to go at one another. FSU took a three-point lead midway but the Lady Bears fought back to tie three times, including a 3-0 run down the stretch that evened the score at 23-23. A kill from FSU's Jayde Jacobs gave the Lady Broncos a one-point edge but Shaw responded with a kill from Murphy before taking advantage of an error from FSU to give them the 25-24 lead. The Lady Bears would earn the 26-24 victory in the third set thanks to a FSU miscue, giving Shaw the ultimate revenge and 3-0 sweep of the only team that has defeated them in the conference thus far.


Shaw will look to close out the regular season with home match against cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University on Thursday, Nov. 9 for Senior Day. First serve is slated for 6 p.m.


For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's volleyball and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.