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August 31, 2019

SAGU Senior Setter Sophia Ivy

Bellevue, NE – The weekend action continued for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions Volleyball team in the Labor Day Tournament Saturday morning in Bellevue, NE. The Lady Lions (5-2, 0-0) were upended by the Doane College Lady Tigers 3 sets to 2 in scores of 25-16, 14-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-13.

Lady Lion Review

  • The early morning matchup began with the Lady Lions and Lady Tigers playing a tight first set with the score 9-7 in favor of Doane. At that point Doane broke away from SAGU and scored seven of the next nine points to take a 16-9 lead before finishing the set off at 25-16. The Lady Tigers hit .406 for the set while holding SAGU to a .079 hitting percentage.
  • The Lady Lions rebounded in the second set and began to exert some force getting 14 of their 25 points off kills and hitting .273 for the set.
  • In the third set both squads played virtually error-free volleyball as only seven errors were committed in the set. SAGU hit .286 and Doane .306 with Doane leading in kills 15-13 enroute to a 25-21 set victory.
  • Fighting elimination the Lady Lions ratcheted up the defense in the fourth set holding Doane to a .043 hitting percentage. Doane committed 11 errors in the set. With the score tied at 14-14 Doane committed three straight attack errors allowing SAGU to take control at 17-14 and hold off a late charge from Doane to win 25-23 and even the match at 2-2.
  • In the decisive fifth set SAGU went ahead 2-0.  Doane tied the game at 3-3 and took a 3 point lead at 7-4 prompting an SAGU timeout. Coming out of the timeout the Lady Lions won the point and fought their way to a 12-12 tie at which point Doane took a timeout. Two quick kills later Doane College claimed the set and match.
  • SAGU leaders for the day were Ava Myers (FR/Round Top, TX) , 16 kills and a .333 hitting percentage, Emma Tompkins (Fr/Waller, TX) , 13 kills, and Sophia Ivy (SR/Round Rock, TX) with 45 assists.

Moore’s Musings

  • “We got off to a very slow start…again. This loss hurts, but we can learn a lot from this experience. When we pass well, we give ourselves a chance [to win]. Our team competed hard this morning. Unfortunately, we lost our composure at different times during the match.”
  • “We have seen some incredible volleyball teams this weekend. Eleven teams at the tournament are in the top 35 nationally. We have matched up extremely well. This is a tremendous experience as we look ahead to conference play beginning next weekend.

The Next Step

SAGU (5-2, 0-0) wraps up the weekend of volleyball action at 1:00 Saturday afternoon against the Labor Day Tournament host school Bellevue University Bruins.  Bellevue is the 22 nd ranked volleyball team in the 2019 NAIA Preseason Coaches Poll.

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