DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The Shaw University women's volleyball team fell in five sets to Lynn University Saturday afternoon during day two of the Embry-Riddle Tournament inside the ICI Center. SU earned a 2-0 lead with a 25-20 and 25-22 first and second set victories but were edged 25-23 in the third and lopsided the fourth set (25-12) before falling 15-9 in the last set. The loss dipped the Lady Bears to 0-3 on the season while the Fighting Knights moved up to 3-1 on the year.


Senior Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, VI) paced the Lady Bears offensively with a team-best 13 kills and five blocks while junior Jailynn Butler (Parker, AZ) chipped in 11 kills and 13 digs and senior Saraya Klink (Fuquay-Varina, NC) turned in 10 kills, five blocks and three digs. Senior Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, PR) led the setters with 26 assists while freshman Jada Flowers (Valrico, FL) posted a career-high 20 assists.


Defensively, senior Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) gathered 26 digs, followed by junior Aisja Jones (Red Oak, TX) with 11 stops and Olmeda-Gonzalez with 10 digs.


The Lady Bears scored five-straight to lead 8-5 over Lynn in the first set. A couple of errors by Shaw allowed the Fighting Knights to tie the contest at 11. A kill from Butler ignited a 3-0 run and the Lady Bears went on to take a two-point lead before Lynn responded with a kill from Lauren Odom to trim their deficit 19-18. Shaw would end up owning a 6-2 scoring margin to take the 25-20 set win.


The second set featured a back and forth effort from both teams. Shaw created a bit of separation thanks two kills from Klink and a kill from senior Jazmine Johnson-McCoy (Seattle, WA). Lynn got within one-point late down the stretch but with the help of a couple of miscues by the Fighting Knights and a kill from Johnson-McCoy, the Lady Bears were able to escape with a 25-22 win.


With a 2-0 lead, Shaw knew Lynn would not back down which resulted in a very hostile but competitive third set. The Fighting Knights got up on the Lady Bears and built a lead as large as four midway but clawed their way back to even the score at 20-even. Shaw took a 23-21 lead but a couple of errors and a kill from Lauren Odom and Sonja Udovcic forced a fourth set after a 25-23 edge for Lynn.


Lynn earned a 4-1 led to begin the fourth set as Shaw took a timeout to regroup. The Fighting Knights then ballooned to a 15-7 lead forcing the Lady Bears to call for another timeout, as SU could not recover from the large deficit, succumbing to a 25-12 setback.


Similar to the fourth set, Shaw faced a 4-1 deficit to the Fighting Knights. The Lady Bears closed the gap two (8-6) but back-to-back errors put Lynn ahead 11-6 before the Fighting Knights secured the 15-9 win capped off by a service ace from Kelly Siena.


Shaw will look to recover with a 6 p.m. match against Embry-Riddle this evening. Live stats and video will be available.


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