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Photo by Donald Watkins.
Photo by Donald Watkins.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University women's volleyball moved to 9-1 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division play after a 3-0 victory (25-8, 25-13, 25-21) over crosstown rival Saint Augustine's University inside Emery Gymnasium.


The victory marks the eighth-straight win for the Lady Bears.


Shaw (14-8, 14-1 CIAA) recorded 14 service aces, led by both sophomore Jada Flowers (Valrico, FL) and senior Karla Sosa (Brownsville, TX) who both accounted for four apiece. Seniors Jailynn Butler (Parker, AZ) and Tyler Hunter (Atlanta, GA) both contributed 10 kills each while Flowers handed out 31 assists and six digs. Defensively, graduate senior Emma Celentano (Raleigh, NC) recorded eight kills and four assists.


Racing out to an 11-5 lead to start the first set, the Lady Bears defense put clamps on the Lady Falcons offense as Shaw was able to go ahead 13-points (23-10) capped off by a 4-0 run. The final two points were kills from senior Aisja Jones (Red Oak, TX) and Destiny Leake (Charlotte, NC) to take a 1-0 command for Shaw.


With a 20-7 advantage in the second frame, SAU got a point off a kill but the Lady Bears then rattled five-straight to cruise to the set win and 2-0 surge over the Lady Falcons.


SAU (0-14, 0-14 CIAA, 0-9 South) showed life in the third set, as Shaw could not sustain a lead no more than two points before a kill from Butler provided cushion for a Lady Bears five-point lead. However, SAU would not go away easily as the Lady Falcons scored four-straight to pull within three prior to an attack error that sealed the win for Shaw.


The Lady Bears will return to action Monday, Nov. 14 with a home match and a highly anticipated division tilt for the No. 1 seed of the South against Fayetteville State University. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Spaulding.


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