Lady Lions Host Southern Naz Tonight
Home Opener for SAGU Volleyball Team
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Playing their fourth match in five days, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball hosts Southern Nazarene University tonight in the Sheaffer Full Life Center. The best-of-five sets starts at 7:00pm.
The Crimson Storm are from Bethany, Oklahoma, approximately 225 miles from Waxahachie. SNU is 2-1 so far this young season, having swept Oklahoma Wesleyan and Dallas Christian College, and falling to College of the Ozarks (Mo), 3-1. Kevin Ingram, who just began his ninth season as the head coach, has produced a proven winner at the campus just northwest of Oklahoma City. His career won-lost record is 174-143.
Their leader in kills is Morgan Loewen, a 5-foot-11 senior from Pearland, Texas. She has racked up 41 spikes for points in their ten games. Another senior, Taryn Steele, who stands at 5'9, has 21 kills, while freshman Kacee Montgomery, at 5'10, has 20.
A pleasant addition has been Cuyler Vesely, from Lakewood, Colorado. The new Setter is 5'11, and is averaging 9.4 assists per set.
On the defensive side of the court, the Storm have four performers with 25 or more digs; Steele with 40, Sarah Groesbeck 30, KateLyn Biddy 28 and Ellen Martin 25. Four teammates each have fired five aces while serving; Shannon Heath, Danielle Hampton, Biddy, and Groesbeck.
Last season the two teams played twice, splitting a pair of evenly matched battles. SAGU won the first encounter, 3-1, with SNU rebounding to take the rematch by the same score just one week later. Both times the setting for the match were tournaments in Texas; in Sherman and Tyler.
Southwestern continues their youth movement, as six freshmen are meshing with six returning veterans. The Lady Lions were 28-12 a year ago when they got off to an 18-2 start. Game Day programs will be available at the door for $1. SAGU Media Guides should be on sale for $3.
Tournaments This Weekend on the Road
Following tonight's action, Southwestern plays in a tournament hosted by the University of Texas at Tyler on Saturday, while Southern Nazarene travels to Missouri for an event coordinated by the College of the Ozarks, which is near Branson.