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Cox, Calverley standout in tough loss

Home matches set for Thursday, Friday, Saturday

(Stats link below)

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University battled the No. 21 ranked Wayland Baptist University on Saturday morning at the Sheaffer Center. In the end, they met the same fate as 14 of Wayland’s 22 foes, being swept in straight sets.

SAGU (10-9 / 3-4) dropped the match, 18-25, 21-25 and 20-25. WBU improved to 19-3 overall and 4-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

The Lady Lions hit .222 against the visiting Pioneers, over forty points above their season percentage!

WBU countered with a .354 attack, making 48 kills and just eight errors in the three games. SAGU had 16 hitting mistakes to go along with their 42 kills.

“Our kids played well today,” said veteran Head Coach Hank Moore, now in his 13th season. “They showed great character and resolve, and I am proud of their effort.”

Senior Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) had a very good outing. She racked up 14 kills and hit .313. The middle hitter added an assist and a pair of combo blocks.

Fellow senior Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) had few difficulties at all against Wayland.

She set up teammates for kills, registering 38 assists in the three games, an average of 12.6 per game. The NAIA leader has an 11.3 avg.

The Lady Lions may have lost six of their last eight, but their defense is still among the nation's best. They are No. 8 in the NAIA in digs per set at 18.5. That figure makes them the best in the SAC.

Only Oklahoma Baptist University (19-4 record) is in the Top 60. Their 18.4 is No. 9 in the country. John Brown University (9-14) is next at No. 60.

SAGU had 50 digs (16.6) against WBU.

The Lady Lions had a 2-0 lead in the first game. After losing the lead, 3-2, they couldn’t regain it. But they refused to lose.

A crushing kill by Cox kept them within 12-11. Still within a rally of going in front, SAGU trailed 20-17. Three attacking errors in the next six rallies spelled the difference.

Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) led an inspired effort in the second game.

She hammered four kills in the middle of the set as SAGU, who trailed the entire game, knotted the score at 20.

Four kills by the Pioneers and a setting error led Wayland to a hard-fought 25-21 triumph.

The guests jumped out to a 5-1 advantage in the third and never relinquished it.

SAGU was down 17-10 when they regrouped for a strong finish. Kills by Sodich, Calverley, two apiece from Cox and Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS), the latter’s blast slicing the deficit to 23-20.

The team ran out of time as the Lady Pioneers swatted two kills to polish off the game and match, 25-20.

Claire Jacobsma clubbed 13 kills without an era and setter Ashlyn Westerman bagged 44 assists.

Lady Lions entertain three teams this week

SAGU has four matches on tap for the third time in four weeks.

After going to Richardson to play the University of Texas at Dallas (15-6 record) on Tuesday, SAGU hosts Texas Wesleyan University (12-12 / 4-2), Southwestern Christian University (4-17 / 1-6) and Southern Nazarene University (12-5) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

SAGU Sports Live will broadcast the match against Wesleyan at 7pm.

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

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