Sodich named an NAIA All-American
Junior hitter joins Daniels, Toole in the achievement
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WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The career of Jessica Sodich reached another plateau on Monday.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2013 Tachikara* NAIA Volleyball All-America teams. They recognized the First, Second and Third Team selections as well as an Honorable Mention unit.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is pleased to have the third player in the history of the program named to the NAIA All-America Honorable Mention team.
Sodich (SOH-ditch), a 5-foot-8 junior, had her play mentioned among the best in the nation. She is an Outside Hitter from Arlington, Texas.
Prior to enrolling at SAGU she honed her game at Ovilla (OH-vill-ah) Christian School.
The explosive leaper racked up 433 kills and led the Sooner Athletic Conference in kills per game for part of the season. Sodich finished second to Oklahoma Baptist University's First Team All-American, Kristin Pressley (567, 4.3), by averaging 4.0 spikes for points per game.
She added 23 service aces and was eighth in the SAC with 3.8 digs per game.
The SAC had a total of five All-Americans; two playerswere named to the First Team, none to the Second, one to the Third Team and two, including Sodich, garnering Honorable Mention status.
She joins two legendary former Lady Lions to reach NAIA All-American Honorable Mention status.
Kelani (Keoho) Daniels (El Paso, Tx) and Brittani Toole (Whitehouse, Tx) preceded Sodich in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
The trio all earned First Team All-Conference honors as well as numerous, impressive awards from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
Sodich moved into the team’s Top 5 Kills list with 1,341. She is within 644 of SAGU’s career leader, Daniels, who has 1,985. Toole blasted 1,908 in her four seasons in purple.
Sodich’s best season to date was a year ago when she hit .206 and thumped 530 kills.
Daniels had three years of thunder, unleashing 624 as a sophomore, 581 as a junior and 461 in her senior season. Her consistent attack saw her hit .276, .280, .285 and .287.
She also established the Lady Lions mark for service aces, gunning 103 in her freshman campaign, then added 59, 72 and 62, let alone fear in those on the receiving end.
Toole was a steady force, accounting for 469, 565, 487 and 387 in kills from her freshman through senior years. Her hitting percentage drew as much praise; .270, .353, .291 and .326 as a senior.
Following Daniels and Toole, SAGU produced Krystal Cisneros (El Paso, Tx), Caitlyn Hudson (Mansfield, Tx) and Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx). All three had over 1,000 kills.
The Lady Lions went 15-15 during the regular season and finished the year at 16-18. SAGU has qualified for the post-season conference tournament in 10 consecutive years.
They have signed two new recruits and will continue on the recruiting trail during the off-season.
The complete, official NAIA press release can be read at:
*Tachikara (tah•chee•kar•ah) is the official ball for the NAIA. The company’s name is derived from Tachikara-Ono-Mikoto, better known as the "God of Power" in Japanese.