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Written by Antoine Lynch

RALEIGH, NC – The Shaw University women's volleyball team opened the 2017 campaign with a commanding 3-0 victory over the visiting Claflin University Lady Panthers with set scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-6. The win was the Lady Bears seventh straight win in C.C Spaulding Gymnasium dating back to last season.

The win improves the Lady Bears record to 1-0 while Claflin falls to 0-1 on the early season.

During the first set, Claflin jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before jumping out a 5-2 lead. The Lady Bears would shake off the slow start to trim their deficit to 6-5 which would also be their last one of the entire match. With the scored tied at 7-7, Shaw would then claim a 9-7 lead off back-to-back service aces. The set would again be deadlocked at 12-12 before Shaw ran out to a 17-12 lead forcing a Claflin to call a timeout.

A kill from sophomore Tapanga Moten (New Orleans, LA) followed by another service ace from senior Deja Simpson (Orlando, FL) would help the Lady Bears close out the first set victory 25-16.

The Lady Bears started the second set hot jumping out to a 4-1 lead with a kill from junior Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, VI). After pushing their lead to 6-2, Claflin would respond with a run to trim the Lady Bears lead to 8-7. Shaw answered with a 5-0 run to push their lead to 13-7 with a forceful kill from junior Saraya Klink (Fuquay Varina, NC). Claflin would take a timeout after the Lady Bears ballooned to a 23-12 lead. Simpson's kill would seal the second set for Shaw by the mirrored score of 25-16.

Shaw would put out any chance of a letdown to rest, opening the third set to leads of 6-0, 10-0 and 14-1 before an error on the Lady Bears gave Claflin their first point of the third set. Clafin would take their second timeout of the set trailing Shaw 19-1. The Lady Panthers would run off a few points before the Lady Bears solidified the match with a 25-6 third set victory completing the sweep.

The Lady Bears return to action on September 5th at the UNC Pembroke's Tri-Match in Pembroke, NC. Shaw will face Converse at 5 p.m. followed by host UNCP at 7p.m.

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