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Photo cred: Donald Watkins.
Photo cred: Donald Watkins.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After a 2-0 lead, the Shaw University women's volleyball team was able to hold off a comeback from Johnson C. Smith University as the Lady Bears defeated the Golden Bulls 3-1 Tuesday night in BrayBoy Gymnasium.


Four Lady Bears posted double figures in kills led by senior Jailynn Butler (Parker, AZ) with 13 kills and six digs while senior's Tyler Hunter (Atlanta, GA), Karla Sosa (Brownsville, TX) and Amari Fletcher (Phoenix, AZ) all contributed 11 kills apiece. Sophomore Jada Flowers (Valrico, FL) handed out 41 assists and five digs.


Defensively, senior Aisja Jones (Red Oak, TX) paced Shaw with a team-high 10 digs while Sosa and Hunter both added nine stops.


The win improves Shaw (12-8) to 12-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and 7-1 in the Southern Division while JCSU (7-9) drops to 6-7 in the CIAA and 3-5 in the South.


Shaw won the first two sets by the scores of 25-21 and 25-20 but came up short after falling behind 15-8 midway of the third set. The Lady Bears closed the gap to one point (17-16) capped off by a kill from Fletcher but the Golden Bulls outscored Shaw 8-5 to avoid a sweep and steal a 25-21 frame.


The fourth set started off close but JCSU took a two point lead half way through the stanza. The Lady Bears fought from behind to knot the set at 15-even from Hunter's kill which then led to a 4-0 run in favor of Shaw and a 19-15 spread. From there, the Lady Bears utilized a 6-4 run to secure the win capped off by a kill from Sosa for the 25-19 win and 3-1 match victory.


Shaw will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 5 versus Winston-Salem State University for another pivotal division matchup. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. in Spaulding Gymnasium for Black Out.


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