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Lady Lions (15-15) square off with Wesleyan (18-17)

Winner advances to play No. 19 Wayland Baptist, Friday night

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University takes to the court on Friday morning to play perhaps the team’s most meaningful volleyball match of the season.

The single elimination tournament of the top six teams from the Sooner Athletic Conference has two quarter-final matches and two semi-final contests. For more SAC coverage, visit:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/article/2530.php 

The two remaining teams will meet on Saturday in a 2:00pm final.

Fans can view or follow the accounts of every match. Media access for both video (pay per view) and live stats (free) are posted below.

Friday’s pairings:

Quarter-Finals
#3 seed Texas Wesleyan University (18-17) vs. #6 seed SAGU (15-15), 10am
#4 seed Oklahoma City University (18-13) vs. #5 seed John Brown University (15-18), 1pm

Semi-Finals
TWU-SAGU winner vs. #2 seed Wayland Baptist University (29-5), 4pm
OCU-JBU winner vs. #1 seed Oklahoma Baptist University (30-5), 7pm

Every conference in the NAIA is having their tournament this week. For schedules, results and information, visit one page:  http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=209281678

Media Coverage

All matches will be aired on-line on video and/or LiveStats.

Video LiveStreaming will be available through Stretch Internet at: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/sac.portal#

The cost to view one match is $10. A tourney pass to watch all matches is $20.

A digital webcast, called LiveStats, provides the play-by-play of the accounts of each match. It includes player and team statistics in real time.

Access this free service through the NAIA’s Dakstats at: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Tournament/TournamentPage.aspx?association=10&sg=WVB&tour=1175

Preview Summaries

When Wesleyan and SAGU clash, it’ll pit rivals from the Fort Worth-Dallas Metroplex. They split during the regular season, each winning 3-1 at home.

The combined number of points scored in the two matches illustrates the tooth-and-nail nature of the series; Lady Rams 188, Lady Lions 186.

SAGU has a slight edge in team hitting percentage; .178 to .175, in kills per set; 12.2 to 12.1 and in assists per set; 10.9 to 10.8. In each, the Lady Lions rank third in the conference.

When it comes to serving, TWU is second in the SAC with 1.7 aces per set, while SAGU is fifth at 1.3. That breaks down to the Rams firing 209 aces to just 130 for the Lions.

Neither team ranks high in blocking shots; SAGU is sixth averaging 1.8 blocks per set to Wesleyan’s seventh at 1.6.

SAGU’s perennial strength is making digs, where they are the best in the league with 18.3 per set. TWU is third at 16.6.

Who is hot?

The razor thin difference between the two reveals the Rams enter the tourney as the hotter team, having won two in a row and are 4-1 in their last five matches.

The Lady Lions dropped their last two and are 1-4 in their final five.

And the winner gets...

The team that advances to play the No. 19 ranked Wayland Baptist will have their hands full. SAGU was swept twice by the Lady Pioneers, while TWU lost 3-0 and 3-1.

Individual Players to Watch

The Lady Lions top hitter is senior Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS). She ranks 8th with a .253 hitting percentage. Freshman Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS) is 11th at .195.

Wesleyan's Katherine Rosenbusch has the clear nod here. She ranks third in the league, swinging a robust .306.calverley-sets-at-kwu-bb

SAGU has the edge in making kills, where junior Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) and Cox turn in 3.9 and 3.2 per set. They rank second and fourth, respectively.

The Lady Ewes counter with three, ranking seventh, ninth and twelfth. Rosenbusch leads at 2.9, while Alex Hendee swats 2.7 and Abigail Zipoy pounds 2.5 kills per set.

Note: A match is the best of five sets (or games).

SAGU uses one setter, compared to two for Wesleyan.

Senior Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) is atop the Sooner with 10.0 per set. TWU’s tandem rank fourth and eleventh.

Stephanie Dominguez (5.8) and Lauren Hamaker (4.8) equally set the table.

Perhaps the one area that clearly favors the Rams takes place behind the back line. They have five players who have served more aces than anyone in purple.

Lauren Hutchinson is second in the SAC with 49. She is followed by; Zipoy (36), Rosenbusch (34), Dominguez (31) and Hendee (29).

The leader for Team Lioness is sophomore Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS). She finished seventeenth with 28.

SAGU’s Top 5 rounds out with senior Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS), who has 23, Sodich (22), designated server Beka Dollar (Weatherford, Tx / Brock HS) (21) and Alissa Kirk (Pataskala, Oh / Gahanna Christian) (20). Dollar and Kirk are both seniors.

Cox and Rosenbusch are their team’s respective leader in blocks, rejecting 1.0 and 0.8 per set. They rank second and fifth in the league.

Lastly, SAGU has four of the Top 15 in digs. Wesleyan has just one, Hutchinson average 5.2 per set.

Those registering scoops for the Lady Lions; Smith (3.9) and Sodich (3.5) are sixth and tenth. Next are Briggs (3.1) and Kirk (2.8).

A complete review of the tournament will be posted here later this weekend.

On Deck: SAGU at NCCAA Central Regional

Unless they win the Sooner conference tourney, the Lady Lions’ season will shift to nearby Bethany, Oklahoma next weekend.

The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Regional tournament will be host by Southern Nazarene University.

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

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