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Calverley, Sodich are high-flying Lions

SAGU plays four matches in 26 hours

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball teams is on their way to the Sunflower State. Based on their recent play, they are about to bloom!

After an 0-3 start they rebounded with a pair of tournament wins last Saturday, including a 3-1 defeat of Austin College, a team that went 24-14 a year ago.

Friday and Saturday the Purple Pride look to continue their winning ways at the LaQuinta - Kansas Wesleyan University Invitational in Salina, Kansas.

Fans can watch all tournament matches on live video as well as follow a digital version of the play-by-play, combined with statistics, called a LiveStats webcast.

The entire schedule, directions, ticket information and links are available at the following web address:

The Lady Lions, now 2-3, play two matches on both Friday and Saturday in Salina, which is 85 miles north of Wichita.

The starting unit played with great cohesion a week ago at the Austin College Classic in Sherman, Texas. Two players were especially red hot.

Senior setter Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) and junior hitter Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) had career highs and could be just getting warmed up.

Calverley averaged 11.8 assists per game in the last three matches and now leads the entire Sooner Athletic Conference. Her 10.7 average is tied for 9th in the nation and tops her previous best in a season (10.2 in 2012).  She will soon become SAGU’s all-time leader in assists.

Sodich, who led the Red River Athletic Conference in kills per game (4.2) last year, just set her own mark by thumping 24 kills against Austin College.

Her 4.2 average this season ranks second in the Sooner to Kristen Pressley (Oklahoma Baptist), whose 4.4 figure is second in the NAIA. Sodich comes in at #7.

She is seventh in the conference in hitting percentage at .250, while Cox is tenth at .212. Freshman Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS) is #15 at .173.

Senior Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) is now third in the Sooner with a 3.5 kills per game norm.

Sodich and Cox should go over 1,000 career kills this weekend.

Other players who rank statistically in the SAC include libero Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS), who is #7 in service aces.

SAGU, in sixth place among nine league members, has more players in the Top 14 in digs than any team in the SAC.

Smith is #3 with 4.3 digs per game, while senior Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) is fourth by making 4.2 scoops per game.

Sodich is tenth with a 3.3 and Alissa Kirk (Pataskala, Oh / Gahanna Christian) is #14 at 2.9.

Friday, Sept. 13
Vs. Saint Mary (Ks), noon.  Spires Record: 4-5.
Vs. College of the Ozarks (Mo), 6pm.  Bobcats Record: 7-6.

Saturday, Sept. 14
Vs. York College (Neb), 8:30am.  Panthers Record: 1-8.
Vs. McPherson College (Ks), 1pm.  Bulldogs Record: 7-3.

The Lady Lions make their home debut next week. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, they welcome Mid-America Christian University (2-4 record) to the Sheaffer Center.

The match begins at 7:00pm and will be broadcast in HD on SAGU Sports Live.

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

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