Volleyball showdown tonight
Lady Lions host Texas Wesleyan at 7pm
Expect a match taught as new-strung barbed wire
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Tonight’s college volleyball match between Southwestern Assemblies of God University and their rivals to the northwest on highway 287, Texas Wesleyan University, will be broadcast by SAGU Sports Live.
The best-of-five contest will begin at 7:00pm (CST), though the pre-game show comes on the air at approximately 6:50pm.
Rob Price is the host and play-by-play man, while Tim Roberts is the color analyst and energetic personality. Bianca Alarcon will bring courtside interviews before, during and after the match.
Fans can access the free livestream at www.sagu.edu/tv
The two teams have met often in recent years, and the result is often high drama and great volleyball for fans. The scores are as tight as a size nine shoe on a size twelve foot.
In 2011, the teams finished tied for fourth place in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Lady Ewes won the regular season meeting, 3-1, including a set in which they nipped the Purple Pride by a 28-26 count.
The rematch came in the conference tournament semi-finals. It was an epic showdown!
Played at TWU’s Sid Richardson Center, the Rams jumped to a 2-0 lead by winning 25-16 and 25-23. Southwestern rallied in the third and fourth games, 25-20 and 25-22, setting up a decisive fifth.
Played to 15, the Lady Lions came away with a 15-7 triumph.
The season before was not for the faint of heart. The squads met twice in the regular season.
In Ft. Worth, the Rams won 3-1 in a classic. Wesleyan grabbed 25-21 and 25-23 thrillers, before the Lions rebounded for a 25-23 triumph.
The fourth was as tight as the lid on a honey jar, with the host celebrating a 27-25 triumph.
At the Sheaffer Center a month later, SAGU swept; 25-17, 25-19 and 25-20.
The RRAC tournament was again held in Cowtown, where the teams clashed on the hardwood. It was as tight as a cowpoke’s rawhide.
The Rams routed the Jungle Kings in the first, 25-12. The Lions recovered, 26-24. The hosts went up 2-1 with a 25-21 victory.
Again, the resilient Lions snarled to balance the match at 2-2. It came down to the final game with SAGU 'pleading the fifth' in a 16-14 verdict.
Get the idea?
Even three years ago, in 2009, the teams split their regular season confrontations. SAGU swept the Rams at home before falling in five at the Sid.
Tonight's second meeting of 2012
SAGU and TWU played a month ago in Ft. Worth. The Lady Rams won the match, 3-1, and the scores were typically close.
The Rams won the first game, 25-22, before the Lions got the equalizer, 29-27. The Wesleyan Women took the next two with scores of 25-21 and 25-19.
That match didn’t count in the conference standings. Tonight it does!
The coaches are cordial and enjoy how the rivalry brings out the best in their teams.
Hansford Moore, now in his 12th year at SAGU, and Christy Clawson (7th), will battle like chess warriors for the upper hand.
Neither team has suffered a defeat in the young RRAC season. SAGU is 6-9 overall and 2-0 in the league, while TWU is 12-7 in all games and 1-0 in the Red River.
This is their only encounter. However, the tournament, set for November 9-10, will again be hosted in Ft. Worth.
Expect a return engagement with even higher stakes!
Southwestern fans are considered as good as any in the league. Their ardor, volume and creative attire set them apart from most.
Come see why. Come early, loud and proud!
Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at
or at 469-658-2847.