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September 13, 2019

SAGU Junior Nikki Almaguer

Siloam Springs, AR – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) traveled to Siloam Springs, AR for a 7:00 pm match-up on Friday evening with the John Brown University (JBU) Eagles. The Eagles (8-3, 2-1) and Lady Lions (8-4, 2-1) hooked up in an incredibly tight volleyball match in which JBU prevailed by scores of 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-13.

Lady Lion Review

  • JBU led SAGU in kills 65-57, hitting percentage .230 -.176, assists 63-55, and digs 90-79 to win the statistical battle. The Eagles led much of the second set prior to SAGU taking the lead at 17-16. From there the set went back and forth until SAGU prevailed at 25-23.
  • SAGU was sluggish again versus top competition in the first set. In losing the first set 23-25 while being outhit .194 – .000.
  • The rest of the evening in sets 2-5 SAGU hit a respectable .210.
  • One aspect of SAGU’s game that is steady is the commitment to blocking. For the match SAGU had 10 blocks achieving their goal of averaging two blocks per set.
  • While the Lady Lions had only two more errors than JBU in the match, the errors occurred at critical times that hurt SAGU’s chances to come back in sets or put the match away when up 2-1.
  • SAGU was led by two freshman in hitting, Ava Myers (FR/Round Top, TX) and Emma Tompkins (FR/Waller, TX) . Myers had the best night of her short collegiate career with 25 kills and a .345 hitting percentage in the five set match. Tompkins, who has moved from outside hitter to middle hitter, had 11 kills and a .400 hitting percentage with two solo blocks and two assist blocks.
  • Sophia Ivy (SR/Round Rock, TX) continued her pursuit of the SAGU career assist record collecting 48 assists in the five sets.
  • Nikki Almaguer (JR/Waxahachie, TX) was another bright spot defensively along with Tompkins for SAGU collecting 27 digs on the evening.

Moore’s Musings

  • On the JBU match : “This was a very difficult loss for our kids, but an excellent, incredible learning experience. Ava, Nikki, and Emma had great nights. JBU is a senior-laden team with a lot of experience in their lineup. We lost because of experience on their part and youth on our part. We will learn from this and get ready for TWU.”

The Next Step

SAGU (8-4, 2-1) will play another conference match away from Waxahachie on Tuesday, September 17 th at 7:00 pm. SAGU travels to Ft. Worth, TX to play Texas Wesleyan University that evening. In their first conference matchup at home, SAGU will play a SAC showdown with top 25 ranked Oklahoma City University on September 20 th .

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