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SAGU Freshman Outside Hitter Ava Myers

August 30, 2019

Bellevue, NE – The Jamestown College Jimmies from Jamestown, ND and the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions, Waxahachie, TX, both took a long trip to play at the Labor Day Tournament in Bellevue, NE. The result was a five-set match that saw the Lady Lions (4-1, 0-0) outlast the Jimmies (4-1, 0-0) 15-25, 25-9, 12-25, 25-19, 19-17 to win 3-2 on Friday morning.

Lion Review

  • The two teams drove a combined 1175 miles to engage in the contest.
  • The win is the first over a ranked opponent this year for SAGU. Jamestown College was ranked #20 in the NAIA Women’s Volleyball Pre-season Poll.
  • The first set saw a continuation of slow starts for SAGU from last weekends tournament. After winning the first point of the set on an Emma Tompkins (FR, Waller, TX) kill the Lady Lions saw the Jimmies build an 11 point lead at 22-11 and finish the set at 25-15.
  • The second set was all SAGU as the only time the Jimmies were in the match was tied at 2-2. The score would be 8-2 Lady Lions before the Jimmies scored again. SAGU went from there to a 25-9 margin of victory.
  • Set three rotated in Jamestown’s favor and this time it was the Jimmies chance to turn a 5-5 score into a 25-12 set win.
  • With the Lady Lions down two sets to one and the match on the line the heart of the Lady Lions showed in set four. Down 19-16 SAGU scored the last nine points of the set and won 25-19 to force a fifth set showdown.
  • Neither team had a larger lead than two points over the entire set. Tied at 17-17 the Lady Lions used two blocks to force attack errors by the Jimmies and claim the match.
  • Ava Myers (FR, Round Rock, TX) led SAGU with 17 kills and a .308 hitting percentage.
  • Sophia Ivy (SR, Round Rock, TX) had 44 assists in the match.
  • SAGU met their goal of two blocks per set and totaled 10 blocks for the match.

Moore’s Musings

Following the match SAGU Head Coach Hank Moore made the following comments.

  • On his team’s play: “In addition to the 10 blocks we had close to 40 touches at the point of attack. That allowed our defense to put many balls back into the system for our offense to play fast. When we are able to play at a fast pace we can be pretty good.
  • On beating a preseason top 20 team: “This was a big start for our weekend. We play three more matches against top teams and Jamestown was very good. Beating a strong team such as Jamestown really helps our confidence going forward.”

The Next Step

SAGU (4-1, 0-0) continues in action today at 5:00 pm in the Labor Day Tournament against St. Mary College (NE). On Saturday the Lady Lions are slated to take on Bellevue University (NE) and Doane College (NE).

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