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Lady Lions clip NCAA D2 Falcons

Off this week, SAGU has 5 matches next week

Video highlights now posted on new Facebook Fan Page

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Saturday afternoon’s defeat of NCAA Division 2 UT-Permian Basin by the Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team saw the Lady Lions turn in a highlight reel of clutch plays.

A summary of the memorable day from Odessa’s Falcon Dome:

Game One: SAGU 25-22

The Lady Lions jumped to an 8-4 lead behind three Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) kills. It disappeared quickly. The Falcons responded with a 12-3 run, taking advantage of three hitting errors and a setting error for a 16-11 lead.

Three more spikes from Cox and three by Jessica Sodich (Ovilla, Tx / Ovilla Christian) knotted the score at 17.

The game was tied three more times, the last at 21.

That’s when Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) went to Caitlyn Hudson (Mansfield, Tx / Legacy HS) for a lead they would not relinquish. Cox finished the match with a kill.

Team Purp had their best attacking game of the match, swinging for 20 kills and .312 in accuracy.

Game Two: SAGU 25-21

The Purple Pride led from start to finish. A pair of kills by Hudson, the second on a set from Sodich, lifted the Lions to a 4-1 margin. A service ace by Sodich extended the lead to 10-5.

Two kills apiece from Cox and Sodich and six straight points while Hudson was serving pushed the lead to 20-10.

The Falcons recoiled, then soared to within 23-21 by cashing in on four kills, two aces, four SAGU attacking errors and a Lions serving mistake.

Following a timeout by Head Coach Hansford Moore, the Lady Lions ended the rally when Sodich and JJ Abbott (Kenmore, Wash / Cedar Park Christian) teamed together for a combo block. A UTPB setting error at game point decided the game.

SAGU outhit Permian .200 to .061.

Game Three: UT-Permian Basin 25-18

The Birds flew to a 7-2 advantage before Sodich hammered two bombs and Calverley tapped one between defenders for a 10-9 lead.

UTPB (5-10) broke open a 14-13 lead with six unanswered points, three coming on aces.

Down 20-13, Sodich crushed three spikes but the Lions got no closer than 23-18. Two kills by the hosts iced a game in which they hit .281.

Game Four: SAGU 25-23

The set was tied three times early before SAGU took a 5-4 lead. Three kills and an ace by Sodich put the Pride on top, 11-8. When Cox delivered two kills the lead swelled to 16-11.

Calverley powered a shot that was deflected out of bounds on a block attempt, giving Southwestern a 19-14 upper hand.

Three attacking errors by the Lions and two UTPB aces ignited a 7-2 Falcons comeback to draw even at 21.

Just as the home team was poised to tie the match at 2-2, the 'Cats seized the lead for good.

A Calverley set was detonated by Hudson. An error while attacking by UTPB and a missed serve kept SAGU on top.

At match point, Calverley set ‘em up, and Cox knocked down the kingpin to close out a match that took an hour and forty-five minutes.

Southwestern outhit the Falcons, .152 to .114.

Homecoming Week

The Lady Lions return home to face Mid-American Christian University on Monday night, October 8. The match will be aired in HD by SAGU Sports Live.

The team plays five times during Homecoming Week, four at home.

Checkout the Video Highlights!

Fans can view highlights from all home broadcasts on a new Facebook Fan Page; SAGU Sports Live. Currently, the Top 5 Kills from the last weeks' Texas Wesleyan University match are shown.

Throughout the season, the SSL page will show highlight clips from other sports, including football, soccer, volleyball and basketball. Also, the site will post the Player Spotlight clips that are shown live, on the air.

While on the page, click 'Like' to receive updates when new items are uploaded.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.
 

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