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August 23, 2019

Hutchinson, KS. – The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions volleyball lost for the first time in the 2019 season against St. Mary University Spires from Leavenworth, KS. The Spires defeated SAGU (1-1, 0-0) in 4 sets by scores of 25-18, 25-13, 30-32, and 25-20.

SAGU Volleyball in action at KCAC Fall Fling

Lion Review

  • St. Mary’s had a record of 25-15 in the 2018 season and has a strong group of returners.
  • Growing pains for the young SAGU squad were evident for SAGU in the match as the hitting percentage was -0.022 in the first set and -0.175 in the second set.
  • The third set became a back and forth affair with SAGU leading by one or two points for most of the match. However, the Lady Lions were unable to put away the Spires as the match was tied 25-25 in regulation play. The Spires went up 28-27 when SAGU Head Coach Hank Moore called a timeout. SAGU won the point out of the timeout tying the game at 28-28. The teams battled on to 29-29 and 30-30 before kills by Ava Myers and Maddie Hartline gave SAGU a 32-30 win.
  • The fourth set featured runs by St. Mary with SAGU attempting to answer back. Tied at 14-14 the Spires pushed the lead to 20-15 and won the final set 25-20.
  • For the match SAGU had 34 errors to the Spires 25 errors and 40 kills to the Spires 55.
  • Freshman Ava Myers continued her solid tournament play collecting her second double-double of the day with 16 kills and 12 digs for the match.

Moore’s Musings

“This was a very tough loss,” said Moore. “We had too many errors to be competitive. Moore pointed out that Ava Myers played well for the second straight match hitting .216 and Brittany Stallaby had 14 digs while playing three rotations. Moore believes his team will rebound tomorrow stating, “We played extremely young today and will learn from this loss and get better.”

The Next Step

SAGU (1-1, 0-0) continues action in the KCAC Fall Fling on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM against Bethel College (KS). The final match of the weekend for SAGU will take place at 1:00 PM when the Lady Lions take on Oklahoma Wesleyan University. SAGU will next be in action on the 30 th of August in the Labor Day Tournament in Omaha, NE.

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