WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Shaw University women's volleyball team may have their stars and role players, but it was often hard to tell the difference Monday night as the Lady Bears claimed a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-15) sweep of division foe Winston-Salem State University inside Whitaker Gymnasium.
Shaw now improves to 23-4 overall, 13-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and 7-1 in the Southern Division. The Rams drops to 16-6 on the year, 12-3 in the league and 6-2 within the division.
The Lady Bears executed a well-balanced attack while junior Saraya Klink (Fuquay-Varina, NC) led the charge with 10 kills, three blocks and three digs. Junior Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, V) added nine kills and two blocks while sophomore tandem Aisja Jones (Red Oak, TX) and Tapanga Moten (New Orleans, LA) netted eight kills apiece.
Shaw built a five-point cushion in the opening set to lead 10-5 over the Rams. The Lady Bears held on to their lead before grooming a 21-13 advantage thanks to three kills down the stretch. Shaw would secure the set win with a kill by Moten for the 25-19 win.
Both teams battled back and forth in the second set, featuring seven ties with the last knotted at 23-even but an attack error by the Rams and a kill from Klink prevailed the Lady Bears to the 25-23 edge and a 2-0 lead heading into the third set.
The Lady Bears scored four unanswered points in the third frame led by two kills from Klink. The Rams pulled within one after an SU miscue but the Lady Bears quickly regrouped to produce a four-point lead (13-9). Shaw grew a lead as large as seven on two occasions before putting the set away with a kill from junior Jazmine Johnson-McCoy (Seattle, WA) for the 25-15 victory and 3-0 sweep.
Shaw will return to action on Nov. 6 when the Lady Bears host Fayetteville State University in a division match and Alumni Night inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. First serve is slated for 6 p.m.
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