ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The Shaw University women's volleyball team got back into its winning ways with a 3-0 sweep of Claflin University Thursday night in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) action at Tullis Arena. The Lady Bears defeated the Lady Panthers in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-10 and 25-15 for its 14th overall conference win on the year.
Shaw improves to 18-7 overall, 14-1 in the CIAA and 8-1 in the Southern Division. Claflin drops to 4-16 on the year, 4-11 in the league and 0-9 in the South.
The Lady Bears were led by its senior trio that included Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, US Virgin Island) who powered a match-high 10 kills while Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) amassed a match-high 32 assists and Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) snatched 15 digs in the winning effort.
In a tight opening set, Shaw and Claflin went back and forth with each other until a Claflin error provided a 4-0 spurt for Shaw midway. The Lady Bears maintained the lead for the rest of the set as the Lady Panthers fought back by scoring three straight to pull within three (24-21) but a kill from junior Tapanga Moten (New Orleans, LA) put the frame away for Shaw to take 1-0 lead.
The Lady Bears shaped a 13-4 lead in the second set after back-to-back kills from Moten and senior Saraya Klink (Fuquay-Varina, NC) before building its largest lead of the set at 14 en route to the 25-10 set win capped off by a service ace from Wattley.
With a 3-0 lead in the third set, Claflin tied the stanza at 7-7 when Jamie Dobson cashed in on a service ace but the Lady Panthers gave the point right back to Shaw on a service error that eventually led to a 18-8 scoring margin in favor of the Lady Bears for the 25-15 win and 3-0 sweep.
Shaw outhit its opponents in all three sets including a match-high .379 percentage in the second set. For the game, the Lady Bears hit .230 from the floor and tallied nine service aces led by Olmeda-Gonzalez with three on the night.
The Lady Bears have a quick turnaround with another tough road test at division foe Winston-Salem State University Friday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.
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