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August 24, 2019

Hutchinson, KS. – In an early morning matchup the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions volleyball team took on the Bethel College (KS) Lady Threshers as play continued at the KCAC Fall Fling in Hutchinson, KS. SAGU (2-1, 0-0) rebounded from a Friday afternoon loss and came out victorious in three sets 25-19, 25-13, and 25-15.

SAGU’s Nikki Almaguer serving the ball against Bethel College (KS)

Lion Review

  • The win for the Lady Lions marked the second day in a row of Bethel being swept by a Sooner Athletic Conference team. They lost to John Brown University on Friday in three sets.
  • The Lady Lions started off slow again in the first set, falling behind 4-9 before outscoring the Lady Threshers 21-10. Freshman Emma Tompkins and Sophomore Alexis Mealer both had 4 kills in set one to aid the 25-19 margin.
  • After taking the lead in the second set at 5-4 the Lady Lions never looked back outscoring the Lady Threshers 20-9 to win the set at 25-13.
  • In set two the Lady Lions flexed their muscle with a hitting percentage of .440 with 13 kills and only two attack errors while holding Bethel to a .032 hitting percentage. Alexis Mealer led the charge again with six kills in the set.
  • SAGU controlled the third set building a 14-9 lead and coasting to a 25-15 final score.
  • The difference between the Friday night loss to St. Mary (KS) and the win Saturday morning was the amount of errors committed by the Lady Lions. SAGU committed only 12 errors for the match against Bethel and only two each in the final two sets.
  • The star of the Saturday morning match was Mealer who hit .571 for the first set and finished the match with 12 kills and a .435 hitting percentage.
  • Brittany Stallaby played Libero in the match and came away with 18 digs. Setter Sophia Ivey averaged a little better than 10 assists/set for the match.

Moore’s Musings

After the match SAGU Head Coach Hank Moore praised his young team saying “Our kids played well together this morning. It was good to see them hitting the ball with some confidence.” Moore also commented on a lineup change made by the Lady Lions. “We switched Brittany Stallaby to Libero in an attempt to get some back row offense from Nikki Almaguer. Nikki had 3 kills on 6 swings for the match. But her swings that did not result in kills resulted in free ball plays for us. It ended up being a good move to solidify some offense.” Moore views the 1:00 PM contest with Oklahoma Wesleyan as a “tough one” that will test the Lady Lions.

The Next Step

SAGU (2-1, 0-0) continues action in the KCAC Fall Fling on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM against Oklahoma Wesleyan University in their final matchup of the weekend.

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