Lady Lions trimmed in classic shootout

Hudson eclipses 1,000 career kills

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The expected battle didn’t surprise anyone. The length of engagement was also right on cue. The outcome, however, was like a bolt out of the blue.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Texas Wesleyan University met in a best-of-five college volleyball clash on Tuesday. The rivals are used to going the distance. In recent years the results have often felt a bit epic.

But it’s been four years since SAGU hasn’t won at home.

The Lady Lions took the first and third games, 25-20 and 26-24, while the visiting Rams claimed the second and the fourth, 25-19 and 25-21. Tied three times, but never trailing in the decisive fifth, TWU won 15-12.

The Wesleyan Women rallied from a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 triumph at the Sheaffer Center to upend their rivals.

“We’ve lost the last three years,” said Christy Clawson, TWU’s coach. “We’ve been accustomed to splitting each season with SAGU. So this is a huge win for us. We were very mentally focused.”

“They,” she said, nodding towards the SAGU bench, “were tough. They always give us all that we can handle.”

Southwestern’s winning streak of four-in-a-row ended, but not without great resistance.

“Tonight our kids played so hard,” said Hank Moore, the Lions veteran Head Coach. “Losing is always hard. But losing a five-set match where our kids played with all their hearts, it is really difficult.”

“All our kids are giving great effort and I'm very proud of them,” he continued.

Their exertion was obvious as was their hustle and teamwork.

The Lady Rams, even during the first three games, seemed to have a slight edge on the front line. At least statistically. Trailing 2-1, Wesleyan still had a 48-34 advantage in kills.

However, hitting errors, 21 through three, and eight service errors were very pricey against a SAGU team bent on defending their home court. The Lions play very sound defense, and committed less mistakes (27 to 21) and fewer service errors (13 to 5). In short, they are well-coached.

Little separated the teams in the last twogames, though Wesleyan did appear to make some clutch blocks and had only one error in the pivotal fifth set.

SAGU trio deliver big thrills, big kills

Southwestern’s Big Three up front kept the Rams on their heels by reaching double-digits in kills.

Sophomore Jessica Sodich (Ovilla, Tx / Ovilla Christian) finished with a team-high 18 kills in 53 swings, while senior Caitlyn Hudson (Mansfield, Tx / Legacy HS) racked up 16 in 48. Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS), a junior, had 10 in 25 attempts.

Hudson surpassed a milestone in her career when she exceeded the one-thousand plateau in kills. She needed one in the fifth game, according to Kyle Nielsen, the official scorer. The 5’10 outside hitter got three.

“This was a big night for Caitlyn Hudson getting her 1,000th kill,” pointed out Coach Moore. “Only three other people in school history have crossed that milestone,” he said, referring to Kelani (Keoho) Daniels, Brittani Toole and Krystal Cisneros.

“That puts her in some great company.”

Wesleyan’s Coach Clawson admitted the same after the match, when asked what they had to prepare for.

“First, Caitlyn is always an offensive threat. She always plays well against us. She’s hard to stop, so we try to get in her head any way that we can.”

What the Rams were able to do, at least in the late-going, was make blocks. They turned them in against all attackers and it may have spelled the difference. The Rams had 14-10 edge in combo-blocks.

“They played a huge part in us winning. Our blocking at the end really turned it on. By staying aggressive, we could turn it up a notch,” said Clawson.

The Lady Rams also had three hitters in double figures, with two of them; Katie Rosenbusch and Lynsay Buell (byoo-uhl, like fuel) collecting twenty or more.

It was a constant barrage of bombs set-up and triggered by both teams. On this night, with a late surge, the Rams had a 72-56 margin in kills and a .251 to .217 edge in hitting.

Setting them up so they can knock them down

The Lions’ junior setter, Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep), was very productive. She racked up 47 assists, three kills, and two aces and made 10 digs.

In the crucial fifth game, Sodich had a pair a spikes, including one that saw her reach the rafters, and then deliver a monster slam straight down. Hudson’s best, all on Taylor-made sets from the left, kept the game tight.

Fans may have felt a SAGU rally was imminent when Calverley fed Cox on slide moves from the right corner, each hammered crosscourt. The last one drew SAGU to within 10-9.

A net violation and kills by Rosenbusch and Buell had the Lady Ewes at match point, 14-12. It was fitting the final point came on a double-team block.

This match was not going to be given. It had to be taken. Just the way these teams play. When it ended, it left one sensing it is not over.

The Red River Athletic Conference tournament looms ahead in early November.

“We will learn from this loss and move on,” Moore observed. The warrior lives for another day with the promise of rising higher next time.

Going west this weekend

SAGU returns to the court this weekend during a trip out west. They will meet the University of the Southwest (3-9, 0-2 in RRAC) on Friday night in Hobbs, New Mexico. The return trek to Waxahachie pits them against UT-Permian Basin (5-7) on Saturday afternoon in Odessa.

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VBall falls at RRAC Tourney

VBall falls at RRAC Tourney

Nov 11, 2012 - Volleyball News

St. Thomas upends Lady Lions, 3-1 SAGU to host regional tourney, Nov-15-17  FORT WORTH, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s volleyball team...

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Lady Lions in VB Tourney in Cowtown

Lady Lions in VB Tourney in Cowtown

Nov 08, 2012 - Volleyball News

Event pits the RRAC's Top 6 teams SAGU set for 1:30pm and 7pm slots on Friday WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In a city known for being a historical post along the famed Chisholm Trail...

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V-Ball's Smith is cited by the RRAC

V-Ball's Smith is cited by the RRAC

Nov 08, 2012 - Volleyball News

Freshman named libero of the week Smith made a season-high 29 digs vs. Wiley College WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Red River Athletic Conference has announced their weekly player ...

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Another winning V-Ball season for SAGU

Another winning V-Ball season for SAGU

Nov 06, 2012 - Volleyball News

Streak against Jarvis now at 10 straight Career tribute for senior Caitlyn Hudson WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University made quick work of Jarvis Chr...

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RRAC VBall tourney berth clinched

RRAC VBall tourney berth clinched

Nov 05, 2012 - Volleyball News

Lady Lions sweep Texas College, 3-0 Career-best nine kills by freshman Abbott WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Like a mighty river, the women’s volleyball team at Southwestern Assemblies...

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Lady Lions edged by Wiley, 3-2

Lady Lions edged by Wiley, 3-2

Nov 04, 2012 - Volleyball News

SAGU builds 2-0 lead; falls in fifth, 15-13 Calverley, Smith, Sodich, Hudson, Cox shine brightly WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball...

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VBall Lions drop match after 2-0 lead

VBall Lions drop match after 2-0 lead

Nov 03, 2012 - Volleyball News

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team built a 2-0 lead with impressive play against Wiley College on Friday night. The visiting Wild...

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Tonight: Volleyball, Women's Hoops

Tonight: Volleyball, Women's Hoops

Nov 02, 2012 - Volleyball News

Lady Lions host three VB matches Fri/Sat SAGU women's basketball plays twice in OKC WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Fall sports are entering the closing weeks of their seasons, while wi...

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Lady Lions Volleyball Update

Lady Lions Volleyball Update

Oct 30, 2012 - Volleyball News

Three home matches this weekend Sodich, Taylor honored by RRAC WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Heading into their final week of the regular season the Southwestern Assemblies of God Uni...

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SNU tops Lady Lions in four games

SNU tops Lady Lions in four games

Oct 25, 2012 - Volleyball News

Sodich double-double impressive in setback Season ends Nov. 2-3 with 3 home matches WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) had 24 kills and 22...

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Lions roar past Eagles in 3-0 sweep

Lions roar past Eagles in 3-0 sweep

Oct 23, 2012 - Volleyball News

Hudson, Sodich, Cox combined for 33 kills SAGU now on 14-4 run; hosts SNU Thursday WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University had a collective hot han...

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Home V-Ball match tonight

Home V-Ball match tonight

Oct 23, 2012 - Volleyball News

Lady Lions welcome Southwestern Christian Rematch of earlier meeting in Oklahoma WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The women’s volleyball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God Universi...

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VB swept in Alamo City, 3-0

VB swept in Alamo City, 3-0

Oct 22, 2012 - Volleyball News

SAGU edged in three close games Lady Lions home on Tues. and Thurs. WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  There was plenty of fuzzy math in the box score to suggest a one-sided contest. The g...

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Border run no fun for VBall Lions

Border run no fun for VBall Lions

Oct 20, 2012 - Volleyball News

SAGU swept by NAIA's #1 team Eight-match win streak snapped BROWNSVILLE, Texas  --  Facing the nation’s best team, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s volleyb...

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Volleyball players cited for their efforts

Volleyball players cited for their efforts

Oct 17, 2012 - Volleyball News

Calverley, Cox get top weekly honors Both juniors are repeat winners this season WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Two volleyball players from Southwestern Assemblies of God University we...

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VBall team pleads the fifth

VBall team pleads the fifth

Oct 14, 2012 - Volleyball News

SAGU takes two matches in five games Winning streak extended to eight straight WAXAHACHIE, Texas --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University completed a 5-0 week wit...

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V-Ball Lions thump HT in 3-0 sweep

Oct 13, 2012 - Volleyball News

SAGU hosts two matches on Saturday Sodich, Cox, Hudson reach double-digits in kills WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s volleyball team...

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Lady Lions continue solid play

Lady Lions continue solid play

Oct 10, 2012 - Volleyball News

SAGU thumps Univ. of Dallas, 3-1 Sodich, Cox, Calverley likened to All-Americans IRVING, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team didn’t ha...

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VBall team tops U-of-Dallas, 3-1

VBall team tops U-of-Dallas, 3-1

Oct 09, 2012 - Volleyball News

THIS JUST IN: The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team defeated the University of Dallas, three games to one, this evening in Irving. The Lady Lions, now 11-10...

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Friendly Rivals Collide

Friendly Rivals Collide

Oct 09, 2012 - Volleyball News

Post-Match Dialogue Interview with SAGU’s Moore, MACU’s Ruiz WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Following Monday’s surprising 3-0 sweep of Mid-America Christian University, Head Coach Hans...

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Red-hot V-Ball team sweeps MACU

Red-hot V-Ball team sweeps MACU

Oct 09, 2012 - Volleyball News

Cox, Calverley lead Colossians Crew Team attack executes at high level in sweep WAXAHACHIE, Texas   --   The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team...

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Volleyball match at home tonight

Volleyball match at home tonight

Oct 08, 2012 - Volleyball News

SAGU hosts Mid-America Christian at 7pm Kassy Cox earns RRAC Player of the Week WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Tonight’s 7:00pm (CST) non-conference volleyball clash between the visiti...

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VBall rallies for big win in Houston

VBall rallies for big win in Houston

Oct 06, 2012 - Volleyball News

Down 2-1, SAGU storms back, wins 3-2 Calverley, Cox team-up to knock 'em down HOUSTON, Texas  --  Led by juniors Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) and Kassy Cox (Lu...

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VBall, Soccer play in Houston today

VBall, Soccer play in Houston today

Oct 06, 2012 - Volleyball News

Lady Lions meet St. Thomas at 1pm Lions soccer takes on Celts at 6pm HOUSTON, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women's volleyball team, winners of seven...

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Calverley honored again by RRAC

Calverley honored again by RRAC

Oct 01, 2012 - Volleyball News

Junior named Setter of the Week Enabling others is her role for teammates WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  “Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.” The words of America...

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