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Calverley, Cox, Sodich earn spot on 12-member team

Nationals 10-team field announced; includes two from Central Region

BETHANY, Oklahoma  --  Giving credit where it is due, the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Central Regional volleyball’s 12-member All-Region Team was announced.

It was made public during the Central Regional tournament that was hosted by Southern Nazarene University. Two teams from the region made the 10-team field that will compete at the NCCAA Nationals. (see list below)

Southwestern Assemblies of God University had three players named to the All-Region Team.

They included two seniors in Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) and Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) and junior Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian).

Calverley, the Lady Lions all-time leader in assists, started all four years. This year she led the Sooner Athletic Conference with 10.1 assists per game.

The six-foot-one tower, Cox, was fourth in the conference in kills per game at 3.2 and was third in blocks with 1.0 per game.

As for Sodich, the team’s power broker, she was second in the SAC in kills by hammering 4.0 per game. She was also 10th in digs with 3.5 scoops per game.

Last week the trio was named SAC First Team All-Conference.

A year ago they were also honored as First Team All-Conference selections in the Red River Athletic Conference.

The 2013 NCCAA Central Region Team

Player Team (Record) Position Height Year
Taylor Calverley SAGU (16-18) Setter 5'10 Senior
Kasi Connors McMurry Univ (17-16) Middle Blocker 5'10 Senior
Kassy Cox SAGU Middle Hitter 6'1 Senior
Peyton Evans McMurry Univ Setter 5'10 Senior
Ayssa Garcia McMurry Univ Libero 5'5 Sophomore
Jamie Hope So. Nazarene (25-10) Middle Blocker 5'11 Senior
Taylor Jacobs Southern Nazarene Outside Hitter 6'0 Junior
Jordan Kissman Colorado Chr (20-11) Setter 5'10 Junior
Daniela Pena Oklahoma Wes (22-11) Outside Hitter NA Junior
Kaylee Piatt Southern Nazarene Setter 5'10 Junior
Jessica Sodich SAGU Outside Hitter 5'8 Junior
Taylor Sturms Colorado Christian Outside Hitter 5'8 Sophomore
2013 National Championship Participants and Seeds
Seed Team (State) Membership Record
1 Point Loma Nazarene (CA) NCAA D2 24-7
2 Lee University (TN) NCAA D2 20-8
3 Azusa Pacific University (CA) NCAA D2 21-10
4 Shorter University (GA) NCAA D2 23-9
5 Campbellsville University (KY) NAIA 28-9
6 Bethel College (IN) NAIA 25-12
7 McMurry University (TX) NCAA D2 17-16
8 Southern Nazarene Univ (OK) NCAA D2 25-10
9 Oakland City University (IN) NCAA D2 17-7
10 Roberts Wesleyan College (NY) NCAA D2 12-14

2012 National Champion   –   McMurry University, 25-10 record

More Information on NCCAA Nationals:

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

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