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Lady Lion netters winning streak reaches 8

Watch Friday night's match at Southern Nazarene

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team overcame St. Gregory’s University on Thursday night in this suburb of Oklahoma City.

The Lady Lions were victorious in all three games, 25-16, 25-18 and 25 -15. The sweep was the team’s eighth win in succession. Five of the eight have been by the same 3-0 score.

Now 8-3, SAGU has matched the 8-game streak the 2012 team achieved.  They were 14-10 at the time. The Purple Pride remains atop the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 2-0 mark.

St. Gregory’s fell to 3-10 with their seventh consecutive loss, six of them sweeps.

The Lady Lions collectively hit .190, turning 105 swings into 35 kills. They made just 15 errors in the three games.

Conversely, SAGU’s defense forced the Cavaliers into an .036 night. The hosts finished with 111 attempts, 28 kills and 24 miscues. In the last two games they combined for 18 kills against 21 errors.

Senior Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) and her junior sidekick Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) were the main targets of sets at the net. Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) fed the pair for 22 and 36 attempts, respectively.

Cox finished with 10 kills and a .182 attacking percentage while Sodich racked up nine kills and a .194. Cox added a pair of assisted blocks.

The 6-foot-1 East Texas native has reached double-digits in kills for the eighth time in the last nine matches.cox-criddle-in-huddle

Calverley, who accumulated 25 assists, also got three other hitters into the fray.

Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS), JJ Abbott (Kenmore, Wash / Cedar Park Christian) and McKenzie Criddle (Lake Livingston, Tx / Livingston HS) racked up 15, 13 and 10 attacks.

Hardin converted her hits into seven kills and a team-high .267 attacking percentage. Abbott added five and Criddle four. Abbott also contributed a solo block and two combo blocks.

Critical in Coach Hank Moore’s arsenal was the service game. The Lions fired six aces against the Cavs.

Beka Dollar (Brock, Tx / Brock HS) launched a career-best three aces, giving her a dozen this season. The senior trails only Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS), who has 17. Smith had a pair of aces on Thursday.

Sodich led the defense with 16 digs while Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) scooped up eight. Three others, Alissa Kirk (Pataskala, Oh / Gahanna Christian), Smith and Calverley, chipped in with seven apiece.

The Purple Pride is scheduled to play twice more in the area before returning home. Friday at 5:00pm they will take on Southern Nazarene University (NCAA Division II) in the Sawyer Center. The Crimson Storm is currently 5-4.

Fans can watch the action on livestream video and follow the digital play-by-play in a LiveStats webcast.

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On Saturday the Lady Lions will meet Southwestern Christian University at 1:00pm. The best of five takes place inside the Pickens-Springer Gymnasium on the Mark Arthur Court.

The SCU Lady Eagles are 3-13.

SAGU returns home to the Sheaffer Center next Tuesday, September 24. They entertain Wiley College (Tx) in a match that will be brought to you in HD by SAGU Sports Live in HD.

Kansas Tournament honors Lady Lions duo

Sports Information Director David Toelle announced that 14 players were named to the LaQuinta - Kansas Wesleyan Invitational a week ago in Salina, Kansas.

That included two from SAGU. Sodich and Cox.

Sodich piled up 62 kills at the tourney and Cox gathered 52.

SAGU went unbeaten at the event; while #23 ranked Wayland Baptist University (12-2 record) equaled their 4-0 mark. KWU was 3-1. Both WBU and the hosts placed two representatives on the tourney team.

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

SPECIAL THANKS Photos courtesy of the St. Gregory's Sports Information Director, Brad Collins.  Photographer: Brother George Hubl.

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