SAGU Sports Weekend Update
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- A busy fall weekend of collegiate sports began on Thursday afternoon in nearby Cedar Hill, and will continue through Saturday evening. Here is the latest.
Southwestern will entertain Bacone (BAY-kone) College tonight in the Sheaffer Center at 7:00pm. It is the lone home sporting event this weekend, with all other fall teams out of state. After playing the first half of their season, 15-games, on the road, this match will be the Lady Lions home opener.
SAGU is 7-8 overall and 0-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference after Tuesday's 3-1 loss at Texas Wesleyan. Bacone comes to town on a 4-game skid. The Lady Warriors are 3-8 in all games. This is their first league match.
Under first year head coach Andrew Swagers, the Warriors are hitting .217 while their opponents are scoring points on a .170 percentage of their hits. SAGU's frontline is hitting .160 and limiting their foes to just .151. In their record in games (or sets), Bacone is 17-24 compared to SAGU's 29-31.
The Warriors' top attacker is Jade Tigilau, who has racked up 142 kills and owns a .249 hitting percentage. Her 3.7 kills per game is second in the league, while her hitting pct. is 8th. Toree Misa'alefua has been credited for 307 assists (8.1 per game, 5th in RRAC) and 25 service aces (3rd in RRAC).
Darci McLaren leads the Tribe with 193 digs, salvaging 5.1 per game.
The Lady Lions have five on the frontline who are capable of leading the club in spikes; Jessica Sodich has 145, Krystal Cisneros 137, Kassy Cox 124, Caitlyn Hudson 118, and Amanda Laney with 83. Cisneros is the team's best hitter with a .232 percentage (10th in RRAC).
Taylor Calverley is the team's main setter, with 469 to date (8.5 per game, 4th in RRAC). SAGU's best server through 15 matches remains Devan Guynes. She has fired 24, good for fourth in the Red River.
Southwestern's top defensive players include their top seven in making digs; Laura Espinoza has 299, followed by Hudson with 164, Calverley 128, Tina Brown 108, Sodich 93, Guynes 82 and Brittany Briggs at 73. Espinoza makes a dig at a 5.1 clip, tied for fourth with BC's McLaren digs per game.
Both the women's and men's teams fell on Thursday to Northwood University. The Lady Knights blanked SAGU by a 5-0 count, the Lady Lions fourth loss in a row. The nightcap saw the Lions come up a goal short in a 3-2 defeat in Cedar Hill.
The Northwood women won for the first time this season after starting 0-7-1, much of it against top end competition. They are the defending RRAC champions, having assembled a 15-4-1 mark a year ago, including 9-0 against league foes. The Lady Lions are now 2-6.
Of note on the men's squads, NWU, coming off of an 8-10 season in 2010, are now 3-4 overall and 1-0 in RRAC play. SAGU is 2-4-2.
Southwestern travels to Shreveport, Louisiana on Saturday. The Lady Lions will take on the LSU-Shreveport Lady Pilots (4-2, 1-0 in RRAC) at 1:00pm. Last fall the Purple Pride lost to LSUS, 4-0, in Waxahachie. The Lions face the Pilots (1-5, 0-1) at 3:00pm. SAGU hopes to counter last year's outcome, a 3-0 loss.
The Lions are traveling over 500 miles today for their 2:00pm, Saturday kickoff in Lawrence, Kansas against Haskell Indian Nations Institute. SAGU is 2-1 overall while the Fighting Indians have an 0-4 ledger. The Lions have won the past three games in the series, grabbing a 29-15 triumph in 2010.
A complete game preview will be posted here today.
There is no livestream, radio or livestat access to the game. Scoring updates will be listed here as they are made available.