VBall moves into first place in the SAC
Lady Lions have swept all three league matches
SAGU plays at home on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- It was a solid week for the volleyball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
By winning three of four matches they moved into sole possession of first place in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Coach Hank Moore’s team, now 9-4, is competing in the league as a new member. They steamrolled three conference foes in the past six days.
The Lady Lions returned all but one of their top eight players, and have been poised for a solid debut in the SAC.
The trio of sweeps gives Team Lioness a 3-0 mark, a half-game ahead of two nationally ranked teams. On Saturday in Bethany, a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, SAGU roared past Southwestern Christian University in three sets; 25-15, 25-19, and 25-23.
SAGU continues their recent mastery over the Eagles, winning all five meetings in the past three seasons. All have been by 3-0 verdicts.
They will meet again on October 11 inside the friendly confines of the Sheaffer Center.
Outside hitter Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) was sizzling. She racked up 19 kills in 38 swings to lead the way.
The junior is in the catbird seat in the conference by averaging 4.2 kills per game, which is also tied for seventh nationally.
Senior Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) chipped in with 11 kills.
Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS), JJ Abbott (Kenmore, Wash / Cedar Park Christian) and McKenzie Criddle (Lake Livingston, Tx / Livingston HS) powered seven, six and five kills respectively.
SAGU won the match in spite of making 16 hitting errors, nine more than SWCU. They also had a sizeable advantage in digs, 66-45.
Senior Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) contributed 41 assists in three games and led the team in digs with 15. Alissa Kirk (Pataskala, Oh / Gahanna Christian) had 14.
Sodich, whose defensive skills are a major plus, contributed 11 digs and fired two aces. Sophomore libero, Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) chipped in with 10 digs.
The Lions’ hitting percentage for the match, which witnessed them improve in each game, was a robust .316.
The Eagles hit for a .215 average, including zero errors in the third game. They lost despite having fewer mistakes than SAGU in all three sets.
SAGU’s 3-0 conference record lifts the Lady Lions above Wayland Baptist University (15-2 overall, 2-0 in the SAC) and Oklahoma Baptist University (12-4, 2-0 in SAC).
Oklahoma City University (8-6, 1-1), Texas Wesleyan University (9-11, 1-1) and John Brown University (6-12, 1-1) are tied for fourth in the league.
The three teams that SAGU topped during the week are tied for seventh; St. Gregory’s University (3-11, 0-2), Mid-America Christian University (2-10, 0-2) and Southwestern Christian (3-14, 0-3).
SAGU hosts Wiley College (7-9) on Tuesday night at 7:00pm.
The Lady Lions have three more matches later this week; at Oklahoma Baptist on Thursday, then hosting St. Thomas (3-11) on Friday and John Brown on Saturday.
Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at
or at 469-658-2847.