LADY BEARS POWER PAST JOHNSON C. SMITH FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT WIN

Photo by Rick Crank.
Photo by Rick Crank.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior Amari Fletcher (Phoenix, AZ) recorded a career-high 14 kills to help lead the Shaw University women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-17) victory over Johnson C. Smith University Monday night inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.

The win improves Shaw's record to 2-7 overall and 2-0 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) action while the Golden Bulls (2-3) dip to 1-1 in league action.

Fletcher led the way with a hitting percentage of .500 (14-of-24) while senior Jailyn Butler (Parker, AZ) added 10 kills, four service aces and two digs. Sophomore Jada Flowers (Valrico, FL) turned in 36 assists and five digs while graduate senior Emma Celentano (Raleigh, NC) posted 21 stops and four assists in the winning effort.

Shaw outhit the Golden Bulls 17-7 in the first set, including an 11-6 frame to start the match. JCSU closed the gap to two (19-17) after a 4-0 spurt but the Lady Bears pushed its lead back up to four on a kill from Fletcher. Shaw earned the set point and 1-0 lead from Fletcher who tallied five kills in the opening stanza.

The Lady Bears took advantage of the Golden Bulls miscues early on, taking an 8-2 lead in the second set. Despite JCSU's run to close the gap, Shaw maintained its lead throughout the stanza eventually scoring five unanswered points in route to the 25-17 set win and 2-0 charge.

With a 7-0 lead to begin the third set, Shaw continued to expose the Golden Bulls defense. A 6-1 scoring spread for JCSU, cut the Lady Bears lead to just one twice but a kill from senior Tyler Hunter (Atlanta, GA) and Fletcher provided a two point cushion for SU. The Lady Bears used an 8-2 run, including four-straight service aces from Butler for the 25-17 win and 3-0 sweep.

Shaw finished the contest hitting .229 from the floor while JCSU accounted for .074.

The Lady Bears will return to action Wednesday, Oct. 2 versus Claflin University for another CIAA Southern Division contest at 6 p.m. in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium for Faculty and Staff Appreciation.

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