Espinoza Libero of the WeekWaxahachie, TX – October 7, 2011 – Laura Espinoza of Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) volleyball team was named the Libero of the Week (September 26 – October 2) by the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC).

Espinoza has played defense since the start of the Fall 2011 season. The libero, designated by a contrasting jersey color, is a backrow defense specialist. The libero is not subject to the rules of rotation and remains in the game at all times. The position’s primary responsibility is ball control through digging and passing. Espinoza’s abilities in ball control have earned her high praise among her teammates.

Espinoza’s highlight performance was during the game against the University of St. Thomas Saturday, October 1, with 24 digs. It was the ninth time this season she surpassed 20 digs. Her 4.9 per game average is second in the league. Her average is the highest for in SAGU history since 2006.

During the week, Espinoza made a total of 31 digs and received the ball 40 times, making only a single error. Thus far, Espinoza has reached double figures in digs in 16 of the team’s 19 matches, with a career-high of 35 in a five-set game against Austin College.

The Lady Lions closed the week with a record of 3-0, winning all three games in straight sets. The Lady Lions are now 3-1 in the RRAC and 12-8 for the season.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.