RICHMOND, Va. – The Shaw University women's volleyball program went 2-0 Saturday afternoon during day one of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Round-Up by sweeping Lincoln (Pa.), 3-0 and clinching a 3-2 decision against Virginia Union at Big Ben's Home Court.
The victories improved the Lady Bears conference record to 5-0 and 7-6 overall.
Junior middle hitter Tapanga Moten (New Orleans, LA) led the way with 18 total kills on the day, while senior middle hitter Saraya Klink (Fuquay-Varina, NC) and senior right side hitter Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, US VI) tallied 17 and 15 kills, respectively. Senior setter Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, P.R.) combined for 60 assists while freshman setter Jada Flowers (Valrico, FL) contributed 12 dimes.
Senior libero Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) posted 31 digs, including 16 against VUU.
Shaw defeated Lincoln (Pa.) (0-6, 0-4 CIAA) 25-16, 25-8 and 25-12 for the 3-0 sweep in the opening contest. The Lady Bears finished the contest with a hitting percentage of .329, including a match-high .391 in the third set to come away with the win.
In the day's nightcap, the Lady Bears would go toe-to-toe with the Lady Panthers (3-12, 2-4 CIAA). In the first set, Shaw took a 11-7 lead but VUU at 14-all after a bad set from Olmeda-Gonzalez. The Lady Bears then scored six unanswered points which led to 10-3 scoring margin down the stretch for the first set win.
VUU took a 13-5 lead in the second set, Shaw cut the deficit to four with score in favor of the Lady Panthers (18-14) but that would be the closest the Lady Bears would get for the remainder of the set, falling 25-18.
In a back-and-forth exchange for sets three and four, Shaw punched a 10-7 spread to come away with the third set at 25-20 but Lady Panthers responded by a threatening 7-2 run in the fourth set (25-19) to force a fifth and final set.
The fifth set, Shaw led 4-2 after an attacking error on VUU but the Lady Panthers tied the set at 4-even on an error from Shaw and a kill from Jada Starling. Three more ties would occur before a kill from Moten ignited a two-point cushion for the Lady Bears. VUU came within one, twice and a Wattley miscue put the game at 13-13 but luckily VUU's errors provided Shaw with the 15-13 edge and five set triumph.
Shaw will conclude the round-up with an 11 a.m. tilt with Bowie State.
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