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Cox, Calverley, Sodich lead SAGU against NCAA D3 foe

Texas Wesleyan visits the Sheaffer Center on Thursday night

RICHARDSON, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University steadily heated up on Tuesday night but couldn’t overcome a solid University of Texas at Dallas volleyball team.

The Lady Lions fell in straight sets 18-25, 14-25 and 22-25. 

SAGU’s hitting percentage rose from .098 to .171 to .293 and finished at .188.

UTD won for the 14th time in 15 matches and improved to 16-6. The Lady Comets are members of the NCAA's Division III as well as the American Southwest Conference.

It was just the second time SAGU and UTD have met since at least 2004. In 2006 the Comets invaded Waxahachie and left with a 3-0 sweep.

Their .339 attack, which included three in double-digit kills, proved too much for the Lady Lions to overcome.

SAGU was led by senior middle hitter Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) with a dozen kills and a .296 hitting percentage.

Junior Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) and freshman McKenzie Criddle (Lake Livingston, Tx / Livingston HS) registered eight and six respectively.

Criddle’s .385 percentage was tops of the players on the frontline.

Sodich added 17 digs, while Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) and Alissa Kirk (Pataskala, Oh / Gahanna Christian) had nine and eight scoops apiece.

Senior setter Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) was credited with 25 assists.

SAGU managed just one service ace, and it came hot off the hands of Beka Dollar (Brock, Tx / Brock HS).

Volleyball Buffet: SAGU dishes up home matches on Thurs, Fri and Sat

The Lady Lions have three home tilts on tap this week.

Thursday night is a critical match when SAGU meets Texas Wesleyan University visits the Sheaffer Center.

The best-of-five clash starts at 7:00pm and will be broadcast in HD by SAGU Sports LiveRob Price is the host and Devan Guynes will provide color commentary starting with the pre-game show at 6:50pm.

Fans can also follow the digital account of the play-by-play, which is accompanied by up-to-the-minute statistics, via a LiveStats webcast.

The Rams are 13-12 overall and 5-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. SAGU is 10-10 and 3-4 in the SAC.

Texas Wesleyan won both meetings last fall and has taken three of the past four. Over the past 11 encounters, SAGU trails 5-6.

Dating back to 2005 the Lady Lions are 5-11 against the Ewes. At home SAGU is 3-3; 2-8 in Fort Worth.

Southwestern Christian University (4-18 / 1-7) comes to town on Friday night and Southern Nazarene University (12-6) tangles with the Lady Lions at 11:00am on Saturday.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.