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.
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.
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