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Lady Lions sweep St. Gregory's, move into 3rd

SAGU (14-11) hosts #8 OBU (24-4) on Tuesday night

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Continuing their hot play the Southwestern Assemblies of God University rolled to a smooth, three-set sweep of the visiting St. Gregory’s University on Friday night at the Sheaffer Center.

The Lady Lions made it look easy in winning 25-11, 25-15 and 25-15 to complete a second 3-0 triumph over the Cavaliers this season. They are now 6-0 against SGU.

Led by a balanced frontline attack, SAGU won for a fourth time in their last five matches to lift their record to 14-11. During their 4-1 record the Lady Lions have won 12 games and dropped just four.

It also moved their mark in the Sooner Athletic Conference to 7-4.

Coupled with Oklahoma City University’s loss at No. 18 Wayland Baptist University (24-4 / 9-1), SAGU has risen to third place in the SAC.

The conference tournament is three weeks away. It will be hosted by the regular season champion, with the top six teams qualifying. The battle for third place is between four teams (SAGU, OKCU, Texas Wesleyan, John Brown University) who are separated by just 1 ½ games.

SAGU has a great opportunity to show their mettle as their final five matches are against the five teams who they will be competing with at the SAC tourney.

On Tuesday night they play host to #8 Oklahoma Baptist University (24-4 / 10-0 in SAC). The match begins at 6:00pm and will be aired by SAGU Sports Live.

The team’s final home date is on October 29 against OKCU.

Against the Cavaliers, setter Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) was on top of her game. She had 14 digs and racked up 37 assists (12.3 per game) to remain in second place in the SAC.
cox-kill-vs-st-gregorysCalverley set up four hitters with tailor-made assists.

Her senior sidekick Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) was white hot! She crushed 13 kills in only 17 swings. Her performance stood out all the more when considering that her 17 attempts were fourth most on Friday for the Lady Lions.

The 6-foot-1 Cox had a season-high .647 hitting percentage, a solo block and assisted on three others.

She also moved into fourth place in SAGU’s Top 5 career leader list in kills with 1,222.

Emerging freshman Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS) was effective as well, hammering 10 kills in 22 attempts (.455) without making a single error.

Another freshman making noise has been McKenzie Criddle (Lake Livingston, Tx / Livingston HS). She turned 15 attacks into eight kills (.467).

The three frontliners overshadowed the steady play of junior Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian). Her six kills in 21 tries went along with 12 digs, two service aces and an assist.

The 5’8 junior upped her career total in kills to 1,231. The figure places her third on the SAGU all-time leader board, and she still has a year to go.

Sophomore JJ Abbott (Kenmore, Wash / Cedar Park Christian) added four kills in 19 attempts.

Combined, SAGU hit .330. They had 44 kills and committed just eight errors in 109 attacks.

In comparison, the Cavs (4-23 / 1-9 SAC) finished with 24 kills that were countered by 24 errors for a .000 percentage.

The rebuilding Cavaliers were led by setter Rachel Lucas. She had 19 assists. Cierra Mullins, at 5'11, was tops in kills with six. Her effort included 12 digs and a solo block.

Teaming up to fight Colon Cancer

The match was dedicated to colon cancer research in memory of the late Cynthia Smith, mother to SAGU’s Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS). Smith was credited with 11 digs, an ace and one kill from her libero position. She wore a blue jersey in honor of her mom and others who battle the disease.

The Lady Lions need win only twice in their final five matches to extend their string of eight consecutive winning regular season records.

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

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