SAGU puts away MACU in three
Calverley, Cox, Sodich roll in sweep
Team wins 7th straight, heads to Ok for three matches
Box Score (click here)
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team won their seventh straight match tonight with a 3-0 verdict over Mid-America Christian University (Ok).
The Lady Lions improved their won-lost record to 7-3 by claiming the best-of-five match with scores of 25-20, 25-7 and 25-19. MACU, now 2-9, dropped their fifth in a row.
It was SAGU’s first-ever competition as a new member of the Sooner Athletic Conference. At 1-0 in the league, the Purple Pride is tied with Oklahoma City University (6-4, 1-0 in SAC) in first place.
For more information on the SAC, visit the newly unveiled website at: www.soonerathletic.org.
SAGU Sports Live broadcast the match in HD, which will be available on-line within a few days. Highlights, however, will be posted on the SAGU Sports Network fan page on Facebook.
Making their home debut after nine road matches, the Lady Lions were as cohesive as MACU was out of sync. In the first two games the Pride combined for 33 kills against only five hitting errors. The guests had 14 and 11 respectively.
The contrast in each team’s effectiveness was evident in their ability or inability to pass the ball to their setter.
SAGU fueled their attack by funneling the ball to Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep), and she, in turn, steered it to the frontline. The senior was as smooth as a putting green.
She racked up 39 assists in three games with 14, 12 and 13 helpers.
Calverley’s counterpart, Hannah Ludtke, third in the Sooner Athletic Conference in assists, managed just 15. Passing errors prevented the Evangels from getting untracked all night.
The Lady Lions had three players reach double-figures in kills, led by senior Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS). She had 23 swings that produced 15 kills. Her .522 hitting percentage was one of her best ever.
She pounded a number from the middle, and others in a slide move to the outside where she unloaded on crosscourt bombs. Cox delivered six kills in nine attempts in the first game.
Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) finished with 12 kills while freshman McKenzie Criddle (Lake Livingston, Tx / Livingston HS) pounded 10. Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS), 6’0 freshman, added four more.
The Lady Lions had a 57-36 advantage in digs, led by Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) and Sodich with 18 and 10 respectively.
Alissa Kirk (Pataskala, Oh / Gahanna Christian) and Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) both had nine.
Head Coach Hank Moore was able to get twelve players on the court, including three freshmen.
SAGU ended the three games with a .330 hitting percentage. MACU was credited with 22 kills, 15 errors and a .070 hitting percentage.
The Lady Lions return to the road this weekend, when they take on three opponents in Oklahoma.
Thursday night they clash with St. Gregory’s University (3-9) at 7:00pm.
Southern Nazarene University (5-4) is a familiar foe, though they left the NAIA for Division II of the NCAA. The Lady Lions meet the Crimson Storm on Friday at 5:00pm.
Fans can follow via digital play-by-play, called LiveStats, or video:
Live Stats: http://sidearmstats.com/snu/wvball/
Live Video: http://snuathletics.com/showcase/
Before returning home from the Oklahoma City area, SAGU will take on Southwestern Christian University (3-12) at 1:00pm on Saturday.
Box Score link: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamSchedule.aspx?association=10&sg=WVB&conference=NAIWVB1_SAC&division=NAIWVB1&team=2093