Signs of Summer in Early Winter
Volleyball inks Summer Skillern
Outside Hitter from Central Oklahoma played four prep sports
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team has announced the signing of Summer Skillern, an outside hitter from Oklahoma.
A 5-foot-10 senior, she hails from Shawnee (pop. 30,000), located some 39 miles east of Oklahoma City.
While playing for the Class 5A Shawnee High School “Wolves,” her head coach was Kelsey Johnson. She played against SAGU when they were a member in the Red River Athletic Conference.
Skillern also played for Coach Kastan Maness on the club volleyball level.
She was the Co-Captain during her senior season this fall and was also voted the Wolves’ Most Valuable Player. The team went 15-17.
Her strong play on the frontline earned her First Team All-Conference this year.
Other noteworthy recognition garnered this year included being chosen on a pair of All-Tournament teams. She made one as a junior.
Skillern had a 3.9 grade point average and was honored on the All-State Academic team.
During her junior season the team was a state qualifier after going 23-12 overall and 22-8 in district matches. They posted a 25-7 mark in her sophomore campaign.
A multi-sport athlete, Skillern played basketball and was also an accomplished golfer. She played in twenty-six Junior PGA events in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Her best finish was 15th in the state in 2013, as well as qualifying for State three times.
Summer played all seasons, including bowling, where she helped her high school team to a 10th place finish in Oklahoma in 2013.
She is a three-time state qualifier in bowling, placing 15th (individually) in 2013.
Volleyball. Basketball. Golf. And, oh, yes, she was on the Shawnee HS bowling team too! They finished 10th in the state last year.
The daughter of Jason, Sr. and Melissa Skillern has an older brother, Jason, Jr.
SAGU is a dual member in both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); which had 226 college teams this fall, and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
The NCCAA is a blend of 111 NAIA and NCAA Division 2 and D3 institutions. Ninety-nine fielded volleyball teams his year.
SAGU competes in the Sooner Athletic Conference and is a member of the NCAA’s Central Region.
The Lady Lions finished the year with a 16-18 won-lost mark, which ended a string of eight straight winning regular season records.
They were 15-15 before qualifying for the SAC tournament.
SAGU produced three First Team All-Conference players, including seniors; setter Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) and middle hitter Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS).
Junior Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian), an outside hitter, returns.
The trio are all in SAGU’s Top 5 in major categories, with Taylor holding the all-time mark in assists.
Veteran Head Coach Hanford “Hank” Moore has a career record of 265-211 (.568) in 13 years at the helm.
The Lady Lions have qualified for the conference tournament in 10 consecutive seasons.