SALEM, Va. – The No. 2 seeded, Shaw University women's volleyball team reached the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship match for the fifth-consecutive season and were pitted against the top-seeded Fayetteville State University Sunday afternoon but the elite eight saw its unique season come to an end as the Lady Bears were defeated by FSU, 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-22) at the Salem Civic Center.
The Lady Bears were led by sophomore and CIAA Setter of the Year, Jada Flowers (Valrico, FL) with 19 assists while senior Karla Sosa (Brownsville, TX) finished with nine kills and senior Amari Fletcher (Phoenix, AZ) chipped in seven kills.
Shaw came back from an eight-point deficit in the opening set and pulled within two points (15-13) but the Lady Broncos (19-6) scored four unanswered points for a 19-14 cushion as the Lady Bears had to call a timeout. Out the break, FSU outscored Shaw 6-4 capped off by a kill to take a 1-0 lead over the Lady Bears.
In the second stanza, the Lady Bears trailed 4-2 but three-straight points gave Shaw a 6-4 edge as the Lady Broncos had to call a timeout. Three ties later, the Lady Bears held on to a one-point lead before faltering when FSU scored three-straight to regain the lead at 21-20. While Shaw stayed within reach, FSU sealed the set win on a kill from Jessica Williams for the 2-0 advantage in the match.
The third set would be just as close as the first two but with their backs against the wall, facing a 2-0 deficit Shaw showed heart down the stretch. The Lady Bears came back from a four-point deficit to pull within one after a service ace from senior Tyler Hunter (Atlanta, GA) but FSU pushed its lead back up to three (21-18). The set became tied at 21-all but a kill from the Lady Broncos gave FSU a lead they would not relinquish as a kill from Chynna Hunt secured the 3-0 sweep.
Shaw concludes its 2019 season 17-10 overall under the leadership of first year head coach Jonathan Paulk. On behalf of Shaw, Flowers and senior Jailynn Butler (Parker, AZ) made the All-Tournament Team.
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