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August 24, 2019

SAGU Sophomore Alexis Mealer

Hutchinson, KS. – The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions Volleyball team finished their weekend at the KCAC Fall Fling in Hutchinson, KS in a 1:00 PM match against Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU). SAGU (3-1, 0-0) won the match in four sets 25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17.

Lion Review

  • SAGU started another match slowly getting down 13-4 to OKWU in the first set. Nine point deficits are often not overcome in volleyball but that was not the case with this deficit as SAGU clawed back into the set and won 25-23.
  • In the second set it was the Lady Lions turn to build a nine point lead which they achieved at 16-7. From there SAGU continued to dominate the set winning 25-17.SAGU hit .333 in the second set committing three errors to OKWU’s nine errors.
  • The third set saw SAGU jump out to a 6-1 lead only to have OKWU slowly work their way back to a 17-17 tie. The set was tied again at 18-18 and then 19-19 when OKWU took their first lead of the set at 20-19. The set was tied again at 20, 21, 22, and 23 before OKWU would win 25-23.
  • SAGU won the fourth set 25-17 and was in control the entire way never allowing OKWU to mount a rally to get close in the set.
  • The big guns for SAGU in the match were Alexis Mealer and Ava Myers who had 18 and 17 kills respectively. Mealer finished the match with a hitting percentage of .552.
  • For the weekend Myers had 30 kills and Mealer had 28 in four matches.
  • The Lady Lions 16 sets on the weekend winning ten.

Moore’s Musings

  • “The win over Oklahoma Wesleyan was a very good win. They play a very fast tempo and we struggled adjusting to the speed of the game. The players settled in and really played well,” stated SAGU Head Coach Hank Moore about the slow start in set one.
  • Coach Moore talked about players who stood out. “Overall we hit .312 as a team in the match. Alexis Mealer had her best collegiate match of her career. Ava Myers added a .433 hitting percentage and Maddie Hartline had 5 assist blocks. Sophia Ivy had 46 assist, 1 solo block and 2 assist blocks. Brittany Stallaby had 19 digs. In addition, as a team we had 8 blocks.”
  • Looking to the future Moore commented, “This was a huge match for our team to come away with a win. For our first weekend out we have learned a lot about ourselves. Our freshman are very good and play with a very high volleyball IQ. We still have a long way to go. Adding a couple more players still working through the NAIA Eligibility Center will only strengthen our squad.”

The Next Step

SAGU (3-1, 0-0) will next be in action on the 30 th of August in the Labor Day Tournament in Omaha, NE. SAGU will take on Jamestown College (ND), St. Mary College (NE), Bellevue University (NE) and Doane College (NE).

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