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18 players vie for starting roles

Lady Lions' rotation, roster spots at stake 

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s volleyball team caps off their first week of training camp with an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning.

Head Coach Hank Moore announced the Lady Lions will be divided into a pair of nine-person teams for a series of games in the Sheaffer Center. Fans are welcome to attend the free scrimmage.

Players will take to the court to warm-up around 9am, with the games commencing around 10 or 10:30am.

At stake are positions on the team, with several starting roles yet to be decided. A number of players are competing for a berth at outside hitter, while libero and defensive specialists could be decided if someone clearly rises above the fray.

SAGU has its tallest team in years with eight players standing at 5-foot-10 or higher. The club also has six seniors and four juniors, providing the Purple Pride will a surplus in experience and leadership.

The division of players was not disclosed, leaving open the possibility that players could be mixed to see how various combinations work together.

Next Saturday, August 24, SAGU will host Dallas Baptist University in a tune-up for the start of the regular season. The scrimmage starts at 10:00am in the Sheaffer Center. DBU, 19-9 a year ago, competes in Division 2 of the NCAA.

It will also be the last chance for fans to see the Lady Lions until their home debut over a month later (September 17).

SAGU’s roster has 18 players, including five freshmen. How many make the active roster remains up in the air. The breakdown of positions gives credence to the optimism Coach Moore has about this year’s team.

Outside Hitters   (Jersey Number, Name, Height, Year)
Beka Dollar, 5’9, Senior
Katie Ryan, 5’7, Junior
Jessica Sodich, 5’8, Junior
12  Brianna Hunt, 5’9, Freshman
15  Haidee Richardson, 5’9, Freshman

Middle Hitters/Blockers
JJ Abbott, 5’11, Sophomore
McKenzie Criddle, 6’0, Freshman
11  Kassy Cox, 6’1, Senior
14  Faith Hardin, 6’0, Freshman
17  Jessie Giess, 5’11, Junior

Right Side Hitters
13  Amanda Laney, 5’10, Senior
16  Hannah Lewis, 5’9, Junior
Caitlin Paschall, 5’11, Sophomore

Defensive Specialists
Emmalee Smith, 5’4, Sophomore
Alissa Kirk, 5’9, Senior
10  Brittany Briggs, 5’9, Senior
18  Courtney Tobolka, 5’7, Freshman

Emmalee Smith, 5’4, Sophomore
Caitlin Paschall, 5’11, Sophomore
Taylor Calverley, 5’10, Senior

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

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