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Erin Watson commits to Lady Lion netters

Player was All-District performer at Silsbee HS

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team has added a key player to the 2013 team with the signing of Erin Watson.

The 6-foot-4 middle blocker recently signed her binding National Letter of Intent to play on the frontline for the SAGU Lady Lions this fall.

Watson is from Silsbee High School in far southeastern Texas. Silsbee is twenty miles from the coastal town of Beaumont, and 100 miles east of Houston.

While playing for Head Coach Lindsay Leach, she earned First Team All-District honors in the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL). The Tigers compete in District 21 in Class 3A.

Suiting up for Silsbee as a senior, the two-year letter-winner led the team with 262 kills, totaled 42 blocks and racked up 61 digs.

SAGU, with a string of eight consecutive winning regular seasons, is seeking to bolster its power-game at the net. Veteran Head Coach Hansford “Hank” Moore has enjoyed twelve seasons on the sidelines with the Lady Lions.

His teams have qualified for the Red River Athletic Conference tournament in 11 of 12 years while producing four National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-America players.

The 2012 team finished 18-17 overall and were tied with Texas Wesleyan University for fifth in the 12-team RRAC with 7-4 league marks.

Powered by a .207 team hitting percentage that ranked fourth in the conference, the Lady Lions could hold their own against most anyone. They averaged 12.9 kills per individual game, again rating fourth.

A growth area that Coach Moore is addressing is the need for establishing more barriers for the opposition along the front. SAGU was eighth in blocks with 1.4 per game. His previous three Purple Pride teams finished between second and fourth in the Red River in blocks.

The acquisition of Watson could help the team build a wall of rejection needed to thwart opposing attackers.

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Watson and her Silsbee Tigers battled the likes of the Bridge City Cardinals, Buna Cougars, Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns, Orangefield Bobcats, Sour Lake Hardin-Jefferson Hawks, and the West Orange-Stark Mustangs, her new level of athletic competition will rise significantly.

SAGU has been a winner against formidable foes in the RRAC, facing nationally ranked powers in UT-Brownsville and Wiley College. This fall the team will move to the Sooner Athletic Conference, one of the nation’s best.

Watson's path to SAGU a familiar one

Simple as a schoolboy’s logic was Watson's decision to come to SAGU.

“It was an easy decision because my dad graduated from SAGU,” Erin told Daniel Elizondo, of the Silsbee Bee newspaper. “I know they had been looking at my tapes for recruiting, so it was a good choice.”

Her parents are Jon and Terri Watson. A short time ago they accepted a pastoral position in Alaska.

Of the opportunity to follow in her dad’s shoes at SAGU, she said: “This is a blessing to me and my family,” Watson said. “I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my parents.”

For her parents and fans of the Lady Lions, an added benefit of SAGU volleyball is the coverage they receive. Most of their home games are broadcast by SAGU Sports Live on the internet.

The broadcasts make following the team convenient, especially for those unable to attend the matches at the Sheaffer Center. It is the only high definition video livestream offered by any school in the entire NAIA. There is no charge to view the telecasts.

Players will report to camp in August.

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

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