Defensive Specialist has one speed: All Out

Lady Lions loading up as they join new league

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In a pride of lions, there is strength in numbers.

At Southwestern Assemblies of God University, where the women’s volleyball team has finished the regular season with a winning record for eight consecutive years, Head Coach Hank Moore seeks to reload rather than rebuild his team.

The Lady Lions added their fifth recruit for the 2013-14 campaign when Courtney Tobolka penned her name on a binding National Letter of Intent.

Along with her longtime friend and teammate at nearby Midlothian High School, Faith Hardin, Tobolka also suited up for Coach Moore’s Ellis County Juniors club team the past two years.

“They will both be impact student-athletes here at SAGU,” Moore pointed out.

Unlike the other four newcomers, who all play on the frontline, Tobolka is a 5’7 defensive specialist. She was named to the All-District Second Team.

The Panthers are in the University Scholastic League (UIL) largest classification, Texas’ Class 5A.

According to Moore, Tobolka’s renowned for her "all-out" effort on the court.

“She never gives up on any point,” he said recently. “She gives everything she has on every play. In every practice it’s all that she does.”

Courtney is an example of Colossians 3:23, says Moore. “Whatever you do be it in word or deed, do it with all your might as unto the Lord.”

She also ranked in the top 10% in her senior class and was named to the district’s All-Academic team.

Courtney, who is one of three triplet girls, also has a brother who plans to attend SAGU in the fall.

The Lady Lions begin their fall camp in August and will play in a new league as well. SAGU moves from the Red River Athletic Conference to the Sooner Athletic Conference, which is considered to be the NAIA’s premier union.

The University of Texas at Brownsville (30-2), with an enrollment of 14,000, finished the year ranked No. 3 in the nation. The Scorpions were the only RRAC team that was ranked in the NAIA’s Top 37 teams who received votes in the post-season Coaches Poll.

Oklahoma Baptist University (35-6), from the SAC, ended the year rated No. 6 after the national tournament ended with Concordia University (Cal) (38-0) won their first-ever national championship.

The only other team in the Sooner to receive votes was Wayland Baptist University (19-15) at No. 36.

The Lady Lions hope to be a serious contender in the Sooner this year. The Lady Lions' .207 hitting percentage ranked 65th among the 221 teams in the NAIA.

They return all but one player from the 2012 team.

Among them is Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian), a junior outside hitter who ranked No. 9 in the nation by averaging 4.2 kills per set.

Senior Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep), the RRAC’s Setter of the Year, will anchor the attack. Her 10.2 assists per game rated No. 23 in the NAIA.

Coming next will be the release of the 2013 season schedule, which will also be posted on the SAGU athletics website.

SAGU will have a select number of their home matches broadcast on-line by SAGU Sports Live. The HD livestream schedule will be announced later in the summer.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.
 

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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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VBall highlights of win over UTPB

VBall highlights of win over UTPB

Sep 30, 2012 - Volleyball News

Lady Lions clip NCAA D2 Falcons Off this week, SAGU has 5 matches next week Video highlights now posted on new Facebook Fan Page WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Saturday a...

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V-Ball thumps NCAA Division 2 team

Sep 30, 2012 - Volleyball News

Lady Lions tops UT-Permian Basin, 3-1 Calverley, SAGU rolls to seventh win in last nine WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University put three players in do...

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VB Lions lasso Mustangs, 3-0

Sep 30, 2012 - Volleyball News

Sodich, Cox crush 16, 11 kills in sweep Calverley lifts 37 assists, Hudson hits .471 HOBBS, New Mexico  --  Behind a methodically efficient attack, Southwestern Assem...

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Lady Lions fall in five to Wesleyan

Lady Lions fall in five to Wesleyan

Sep 25, 2012 - Volleyball News

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 r...

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