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SAGU loses first conference match in the SAC

Cox led team's upset bid and a 1-1 tie through two games

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma  --  After an impressive win in the second game against the nation's No. 12 ranked team, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team lost the next two sets in a 3-1 setback to Oklahoma Baptist University on Thursday night.

OBU claimed the first game, 25-14, before the Lady Lions stormed back to even the match with a 25-20 triumph in the second.

Despite making 28 hitting errors, SAGU (9-6, 3-1 in the SAC) battled the Bison (13-4, 3-0 in the SAC) before succumbing 25-17 and 25-21.

The Lady Lions attack was neutralized by a young and rebuilt OBU squad that racked up two solo blocks and 18 assisted blocks. Their ability to thwart the SAGU frontline was evidenced in holding the visitors in purple to a .030 hitting percentage.

SAGU did thump 33 kills in 134 attempts, but the errant hits prevented a sustained rally when they needed it.

The Lady Lions did manage to limit the host's attack to .167, though the green-cladded Bison did finish with 47 kills. In fact, if it weren't for Kristin Pressley, the outcome may have been completely different.

The 5-foot-11 senior from Mansfield, Texas was the 2012 MVP of the Sooner Athletic Conference and is a two-time All-American player. She dominated the match by turning 54 swings into a whopping 27 kills. She made just nine hitting errors. No one else on her team had more than five kills.

So complete was her game that she also contributed 18 digs and fired two aces.

SAGU scrapped and battled after dropping the first game. Their defense resisted and OBU's attack  went from .387 to .028. The Lions energy and strong will enabled them to pull away late for a 25-20 win against a team that went 35-6 last year.

Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) and Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian), the target of Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) sets. They totalled 11 and nine kills, respectively, though OBU countered their impact by forcing 17 miscues. Taylor was credited with 25 assists.

Team Lioness had a 67-63 advantage in digs, led by Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) and Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS). Briggs bagged 14 and Smith added a dozen.

Tied at 1-1, SAGU's upset bid wasn't lacking in desire or effort. In the next two games their combined 18 kills were offset by the same number of errors as the Bison pulled away.

SAGU plays at 7:00pm at home on Friday night and again on Saturday at 1:00pm.

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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