RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands) matched a season-best 13 kills on a .667 hitting percentage to lead the Shaw University women's volleyball team to 3-0 (25-12, 25-14 and 25-11) victory over its cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University on Thursday night for Dig Pink inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The victory marks the 10-consecutive win for the Lady Bears and ninth straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference win for Shaw who improves to 12-6 overall and 3-0 in the Southern Division. SAU falls to 3-10 overall and 3-7 in the league.
Junior Tapanga Moten (New Orleans, LA) also matched her season-best with 11 kills (.714 hitting) and four blocks while senior Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) dished out 18 assists, followed by senior Christine Ngeve (Greensboro, NC) with a season-best 11 dimes offensively.
Senior Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) charted a game-high 22 digs to lead the Lady Bears defense.
SAU went point-for-point with the Lady Bears in the opening set but Shaw created separation when both Moten and senior Jazmine Johnson-McCoy (Seattle, WA) recorded back-to-back blocks to give Shaw the 12-8 lead. From there, the Lady Bears increased its lead to double digits capped off by a kill from Moten before closing out the set with a 4-1 run and 25-12 set victory.
The Lady Bears took a 12-5 lead in the second stanza that featured kills by three different Shaw players. The Lady Falcons closed the gap to eight points three times but a serving error from SAU led to Shaw outscoring the Lady Falcons 6-2 en route to the 25-14 set win.
With a 2-0 advantage, Shaw wasted no time in the third set building a 12-4 lead early on. Another kill from Moten, followed by an attack from junior Amari Fletcher (Phoenix, AZ) led to a 20-9 score in favor of Shaw as the Lady Bears outshined the Lady Falcons in the third set win with a block assist from both Fletcher and junior Destiny Leake (Charlotte, NC) for the 25-11 win and 3-0 sweep.
Shaw definitely had the hot hand against its rival, hitting a season-best .493 from the floor including a .577 hitting percentage in the first set, .435 in the second and .462 in the third. The Lady Bears outscored the Lady Falcons 45-14 in kills.
The Lady Bears return to action Saturday, Oct. 6 at home against the Lady Panthers of Claflin for a 6 p.m. start.
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