RALEIGH, N.C. – Behind a balanced team effort, Shaw University women's volleyball swept Fayetteville State (25-15, 25-18, 25-13) at home for the ninth win in a row and eighth-straight conference match.
Shaw (11-6, 8-0 CIAA, 2-0 Southern Division) registered a hitting percentage of .307, a 31-27 advantage in kills while holding the Lady Broncos (2-8, 2-3 CIAA, 1-1 Southern Division) to a hitting percentage of .000.
Senior Saraya Klink (Fuquay-Varina, NC) led the attack with a match-high seven kills on a .429 hitting percentage to go along with two digs and two blocks. Junior Tyler Hunter (Atlanta, GA) also finished with a match-high seven attacks (.417) and three blocks assist while senior Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands) chipped in six kills and three blocks.
Senior Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) recorded a match-high 19 assists and three service aces, followed by freshman Jada Flowers (Valrico, FL) with nine assists, four digs and a service ace. Senior Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) finished with 11 digs and two service aces.
In a very competitive first set, the Lady Bears created separation from the Lady Broncos with a 4-0 run that featured two service aces from junior Jailynn Butler (Parker, AZ) as Shaw led 11-8. Shaw then planted a 10-4 increase before the Lady Bears closed out the set win on a kill from Hunter that would give SU the 1-0 advantage.
Set two went back and forth until two-straight kills from the Lady Bears produced a 12-9 lead. Shaw's lead grew by as many as seven points punctuated by a Wattley kill (23-16) before Klink put the game away with back-to-back kills and the 25-18 set win and 2-0 lead.
Shaw doubled-up on FSU in the early portion of set three, pulling out to a 14-4 lead to force a Lady Bronco timeout. The Lady Bears continued to roll out of the timeout, pulling ahead by 12 on a service error from FSU. Shaw closed out the set with three kills, a service ace and a couple of miscues from the Lady Broncos to seal the 25-13 set and 3-0 victory.
The Lady Bears are back on the court Thursday, Oct. 4 when Shaw host rival Saint Augustine's at 6 p.m. for "Dig Pink" in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
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