WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Senior Saraya Klink (Fuquay-Varina, NC) served up a season-best 14 kills and tallied three digs to lead the Shaw University women's volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Winston-Salem State University at Whitaker Gymnasium Friday night. The Lady Bears (19-7) move to 15-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and 9-1 in the Southern Division.
WSSU is now 13-13 overall, 12-3 in the CIAA and 6-3 in the South.
The Lady Bears grabbed an 8-5 lead in the opening set but the Rams tied twice before the Lady Bears created separation by scoring four unanswered points capped by a block from junior Tapanga Moten (New Orleans, LA). Shaw groomed their biggest lead of the night at nine on a kill from senior Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and then scored their last two points on attack errors by the Rams for the 25-16 set win.
Shaw planted a 7-4 scoring margin in the second set and would control the pace of the stanza until the Rams made a run that led to 12 lead changes and eight ties before WSSU scored three straight to edge the Lady Bears, 25-23 in the second set and tie the match at 1-1.
The third set would be just as tight as the second as it went down to the very last stretch until back-to-back kills from Klink powered the Lady Bears to a 24-22 lead, the Rams cut it close with a 24-23 deficit after a kill from Tailar Jackson but a hot handed Klink blasted a kill between defenders for the 25-23 third set win and 2-1 lead in favor of Shaw.
With the fourth set tied at 18-18 after a total of nine ties, the Lady Bears gained control sparked by a service error from WSSU. Shaw then capitalized off of the Rams five errors to claim a lead of 24-19 scoring margin but WSSU would not go away, accounting for four-straight points over the next possessions to pull within one (24-23). Finally a kill from junior Karla Sosa (Brownsville, TX) put the game away for the Lady Bears to win 25-23 and the match 3-1.
Sosa finished with her first career double-double adding 10 kills and 10 digs while Olmeda-Gonzalez amassed 40 assists, five digs, five kills and two blocks while senior Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) secured 21 digs.
Shaw returns to action Monday, Oct. 29 at Fayetteville State. First serve is slated for 6 p.m.
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