VB hosts match with a cause
Spotlight on Colon Cancer Awareness
SAGU takes on St. Gregory's at 5:30pm
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University will host an important league volleyball match in the Sheaffer Center tonight.
SAGU welcomes St. Gregory's University (Ok) for a best-of-five clash that will bring awareness to the fight against Colon Cancer.
Players will wear blue in honor of those who have, are or will fight the fight, a battle that took the life of a team member's mother.
The Lady Lions moved into fourth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference on Thursday when Texas Wesleyan University (13-15 / 5-4 in SAC) lost to #8 ranked Oklahoma Baptist University (23-0 / 9-0 SAC).
The Bison were victorious at home in five sets; 25-13, 22-25, 23-25, 25-20 and 15-11. It was their 13th win in a row and occurred on their home court.
SAGU brings a 13-11 overall record into Friday's conference match. They are 6-4 in the SAC. St. Gregory's is 5-17 and 2-7.
The Lady Lions are 4-4 at home while the Cavaliers are 2-9 on the road.
SAGU Sports Live will air the match in HD video. Rob Price is the host and brings the play-by-play man while former player Devan Guynes supplies the color.
The pre-game show begins at approximately 5:15pm (CST). Tune in at: www.sagu.edu/sagutv
A LiveStats webcast will also be available: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10
The Purple Pride swept St. Gregory's in their first meeting, 3-0. In fact, they have a 5-0 lead in the series. SAGU won in straight sets on September 19 in Shawnee, Oklahoma; 25-16, 25-18 and 25-15.
SAGU brings a solid advantage into the conference dual, where their .185 hitting percentage ranks fourth in the Sooner; the Cavs' .057 is eighth in the nine-team league.
Team Purp also owns a decisive edge in blocks, rejecting 1.8 per game. That is tied with John Brown University for fourth. St. Gregs is last at 1.1.
One area the Lady Lions always rate high is in the defensive statistic of digs.
They now lead the SAC by making 18.7 scoops per game. SGU is in fifth with a 15.6 average.
SAGU has three players in the Top 10 in hitting. Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) is fifth with a .265, while Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS) and Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) are ninth and tenth at .193 and .186.
The Cavaliers' top attacker is Lexie Renteria. Her .092 percentage ranks 20th. Tiphani Funk and Cierra Mullins also rank in the SAC's Top 25.
Morgan Brown, a local product from Cleburn, Texas, was their top hitter before suffering a season-ending injury.
Mullins and SAGU's Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) are tied for ninth in the conference with 26 service aces. Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) is #18 with 22.
Counting Friday's match the Lady Lions have just six of their 16 conference dates remaining.
SAGU needs to pick up three more wins to finish the regular season with their ninth consecutive winning record.
On Tuesday they will go up against the #8 Oklahoma Baptist University (23-4 / 9-0 SAC) at 6:00pm. OBU was 35-6 in 2012.