Volleyball plays three in Oklahoma
SAGU meets SWCU, Langston, Bacone
Lady Lions have won two of last three matches
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Fresh after winning two of their past three matches, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team is heading to Oklahoma to take on three teams in 24 hours.
On Friday afternoon the Lady Lions (3-9) will meet Southwestern Christian University at 3:00pm (CST). That best-of-five match will take place in Bethany, a suburb on Oklahoma City’s west side.
Four hours later the Lady Lions will be in Langston, 42 miles northeast of OKC. They’ll face Langston University, who shared the same mascot.
This is the first season for the sport on the LU campus. They are competing in the Red River Athletic Conference.
SWCU is currently 1-12 under Head Coach Larry Bittle. The rebuilding Eagles have 13 freshmen on a roster of 16 players. They are members of the NAIA and the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Blue Birds were swept twice by SAGU in 2011, a year the Eagles went 12-18.
On Saturday, September 22, the Lady Lions will face another RRAC team in Bacone (bah-KONE) College. It is 125 miles from Langston to Muskogee.
The Warriors were 8-20 last fall. During the season SAGU took the lone match between the two schools, 3-0, winning by a three-game total of just eight points.
SAGU coming home on Tuesday
SAGU returns home for their second match in the Sheaffer Center next Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7:00pm. Arch-rival Texas Wesleyan University, 12-7 after sweeping Langston tonight, visits Waxahachie.
SAGU Sports Live will broadcast the venue in high definition.
Cats' Stat Leaders
The Purple Pride are led in hitting by the same trio that is tops in kills; Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS), Caitlyn Hudson (Mansfield, Tx / Legacy HS) and Jessica Sodich (Ovilla, Tx / Ovilla Christian).
Cox is hitting .193 and has 98 kills; Hudson .183 and 145; Sodich .191 and 180 spikes for points. Sodich leads the RRAC with 4.1 kills per game, followed by Hudson at 3.3 and Cox at 3.2.
Sodich has made the most digs, averaging 3.4 per game. Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) and Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) are next, making 3.0 scoops per game.
In 44 sets, Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) has 435 assists, an average of 9.9 per game.
When it comes to serving aces, Hudson and Smith have fired 15 and 13 respectively, while Briggs and Calverley both have 10.
The Lions are beginning to heat up, and are now hitting .165 as a team. Last fall the team registered a 23-18 won-lost record while collectively hitting .182.