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SAGU winning streak ends at eight

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) set up teammates with 25 assists in three games on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as Southern Nazarene University took the volleyball match, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-18).

SAGU, who had won eight straight matches, slipped to 8-4 overall. SNU, a member in the NCAA’s Division II, improved to 6-4.

The Crimson Storm has won the past 10 meetings in the series. The Lady Lions are 2-13 against SNU since the 2005 season.

Coach Hank Moore’s Purple Pride competed well, building a 7-5 lead in the first game on a combo block by McKenzie Criddle (Lake Livingston, Tx / Livingston HS) and Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian).

SAGU knotted the score at 13 on a Calverley to Criddle kill. The Storm erupted by racking up seven of the next eleven points for a 20-16 lead.

Attacking errors hindered the Lady Lions, making eight in each of the first two games. They finished with 28 kills and 21 errors to hit .059.

By contrast, Southern Naz turned their attempts into 48 kills against just 13 miscues for .282 accuracy.

Alissa Kirk (Pataskala, Oh / Gahanna Christian) nailed back-to-back kills to kick start SAGU to a 6-3 lead in the second game. But five hitting errors and an errant serve sparked nine consecutive points for a 12-6 SNU edge.

The Storm cashed in four more SAGU hitting faults to seize a commanding 19-9 lead.

Sodich blasted two kills as SAGU rallied to within 23-17, but could draw no closer.vb-huddle-hands-2013-bb

The third game saw the Storm roll out of the gate, 7-3, and were never headed. Two Sodich bombs, another from Criddle and a block by Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) had the Lions roaring to within 10-9.

SNU countered with a 7-1 run by connecting on six kills.

The Lions fought back to trail by four on two occasions; 18-14 and 22-18.

The last occurred during a volley that began on a Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) serve. It ended when Cox and Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS) teamed up for a point on a block at the net.

Sodich, a junior, led the Lady Lions in the match with nine kills. Cox added seven. Hardin and Criddle were credited with five kills each.

Briggs and Kirk paced the defense with a dozen digs apiece. Sodich and sophomore libero Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) both made ten.

The third match in the Oklahoma City trip will be played on Saturday against Southwestern Christian University (3-13).

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

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