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SAGU must slow down Shahala Hawkins; SAC's top hitter

PLAINVIEW, Texas  --  There are two volleyball matches remaining in the regular season for Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Saturday morning at 11:00am (CST) they tangle with No. 17 ranked Wayland Baptist University (25-5 / 9-2 in SAC).

Fans can follow the action by live video, LiveStats (digital play-by-play) and audio. Access the coverage on the WBU Athletic website at: http://www.wbuathletics.com/index.aspx

The Lady Lions (15-13 / 8-6 in SAC) are currently in fifth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

After knocking off Oklahoma City University on Tuesday night, the team will look to use the momentum when they take on the Lady Pioneers in the 3,000 seat Hutcherson Center (pictured, left).

WBU will join No. 7 Oklahoma Baptist University (28-4 / 14-0) as the top two seeded teams (who receive a first round bye) at the November 14-16 Sooner Athletic Conference tournament. The regular season champion, likely OBU, will host the single-elimination event.

The rest of the six-team field will be comprised of SAGU, Texas Wesleyan University (16-16 / 8-5), Oklahoma City University (16-12 / 7-6) and John Brown University (13-16 / 7-4).

SAGU will wrap-up the regular season next Friday, November 8, in Fort Worth against arch-rival Texas Wesleyan.

The 7:00pm encounter will offer LiveStats at: http://www.sidearmstats.com/texaswesleyan/wvball/

On October 5 in the Sheaffer Center, SAGU dropped a well-fought, three-set affair to Wayland; 18-25, 21-25 and 20-25.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

The Lady Pioneers are led by 6’0 sophomore Shahala Hawkins. Her .358 hitting percentage leads the Sooner by forty points and is #18 in the country.

Middle Blocker Grecia Rivera is fifth, a 6’1 sophomore, is fifth in the SAC at .266.

Rivera averages 3.3 kills per set while Shahala delivers 3.1.

The key to their attack is 5’10 junior setter Ashlyn Westerman, whose 10.1 assists per game also leads the conference.

Defensively, Hawkins is atop the SAC by making 1.4 blocks per game. She has rejected 144 for the season, while teammate Chelsey Driskill is second with 100. 

SAGU is led by senior Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) at .264. No one else is over .200. Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian), a junior, pounds 3.8 kills per game. Cox adds 3.3 kills and her 97 total blocks divides into 1.0 per game.

Senior setter Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) is second in the SAC by averaging 10.0 assists per game. 

Their .260 team hitting percentage is #1 in the league and #12 in the NAIA.

SAGU’s hitting percentage is third at .184.

SAGU Team Notes

Coach Hank Moore’s club, who need one more win to clinch their ninth consecutive winning regular season, are preparing for post-season tourneys.

Against the other five SAC tournament teams, they are 3-5 and have an 11-19 record in individual games.

By closing the regular season against two more teams from that mix; WBU and TexWes, they can rise in both the standings and in confidence.

The team is set to enter the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Central Regional tourney slated for Nov. 21-23. Southern Nazarene University (Bethany, Ok) will host the event.

The NCCAA is a blend of members from the NAIA, the NCAA Divisions II and III.

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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