DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The Shaw University women's volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-23) to Embry-Riddle University to wrap up day one of the Embry-Riddle Tournament. With the loss, the Lady Bears fall to 0-2 on the year while the Eagles improve to 2-0.
Shaw will try to regroup on Saturday, Aug. 25 as they look to close out the tournament on a good note with matches against Lynn (1 p.m.) and Westminster (5 p.m.).
ERU pushed out a 9-4 lead over Shaw in the opening set but the Lady Bears clawed back to chop the deficit and eventually tie the set at 10-even. Both teams exchanged points, which led to another tie, but the Eagles scored six-straight points to take a 21-15 lead in route to a 25-16 win over the Lady Bears.
After facing an 8-2 deficit in the second set, Shaw hung around and took the lead for the first time thanks to a 3-0 run. However, ERU went on to produce a 6-3 spread (25-18) that gave them a 2-0 lead over Shaw heading into the third set.
While Embry-Riddle picked up a 2-0 lead to begin the set, Shaw edged back after three errors by the Eagles. (9-8). The Lady Bears battled hard but appeared to have ran out of gas down the stretch as ERU controlled the pace using for the remainder of the set to secure a 25-20 set win and 3-0 sweep.
Offensively, junior Jailyn Butler (Parker, AZ) and senior Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, VI) both added six kills apiece while senior Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, PR) gave out 21 assists and senior Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) grabbed a team-best 11 digs in the setback.
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