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Waxahachie, Texas- August 23, 2014- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball team traveled to Shawnee, Oklahoma this weekend to play in the Oklahoma Baptist University Tournament. The Lions went 2-2 for the weekend.

Coach Hank Moore was thrilled with the results, “After just four days of practices we really grew a lot this weekend. 2-2 in a tournament like this is outstanding.”

The volleyball team lost the opening match of the season to Friends University (Kansas) 3-0 (16-25, 22-25, 22-25). Friday evening they rebounded and won the second match against Wiley College (Texas) 3-0 (25-23, 25-10, 25-12).

Against Wiley College the Lions offensive attack was led by Faith Hardin with 11 kills. McKenzie Criddle had 10 kills and hit .714. Libero Emmalee Smith had 17 digs. Caitlin Paschall had 25 assist.

On Saturday morning SAGU lost to the University of St. Thomas (Texas) in 3 sets (19-25, 23-25, 21-25).  The Lions played a young squad and fought hard with close losses in each set.  Faith Hardin (So) led the team in kills with 10 and in solo blocks with 2. Freshman Mollie McBride added 9 kills and Sophomore Caitlin Paschall had 15 assist.  

The last match of the tournament against Tabor College (Kansas) was the highlight of the tournament for the Lions. SAGU beat Tabor in a 5 set thriller (25-18, 25-19, 25-23, 31-29, 15-10). In each set the Lions were forced to come from behind to win. In the fourth set the Lions were down 18-9. Once again Faith Hardin led the way with 14 kills. Three Lions had over 15 digs each; Emmalee Smith with 17, Courtney Tobolka with 16 digs, and Katie Ryan had 15 digs.

The SAGU Lions will be taking a nearly two week break. Their next game will be on September 5, 2014 when they once again take on Wiley College on the road.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, or 214 232 7187

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