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September , 2018 | Blake Cochran

After getting ranked in the top 25 the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball team took care of business this weekend and won both matches. Winning back to back conference road games is hard to do for any team and they have done this three weekends over the course of the season. They defeated Central Christian College (CCC) in three straight sets Friday night (25-11, 25-9, 25-10) and did the same Saturday when they visited Langston University (25-11, 27-25, 25-8).

The Lady Lions were led by multiple hitters who made very little mistakes with a 0.376 hitting percentage against CCC. Seniors, Kali Shaw and Suzanny Figueiredo both had 13 kills and only had six errors combined. Jancee Akers was consistent putting down seven of her 11 attempts for an impressive 0.545 hitting percentage. Celi Bruce and Nikki Almaguer led SAGU in digs with Bruce having 11 and Almaguer with 12. Setter, Sophia Ivy did everything with two kills, two digs and 34 assists on zero errors. The Lions also had five serving aces and remain undefeated in Sooner Athletic Conference play.

Saturday, Langston gave SAGU a scare in set two (26-24) but handled business and handled adversity as a veteran team does. Kali Shaw had another outstanding game with 12 kills on 30 swings and one error for a 0.367 hitting percentage. She also was in on four blocks for the match and teammate Madeleine Hartline had 5 total blocks. Suzanny Figueiredo led the team with 11 digs and libero Celi Bruce was in double digits with 10. The Lions kept any Langston player from having double digits in kills and assists to finish the weekend with two more wins.

“This was a good test for our kids, set two Langston fought us tooth and nail. I’m very proud of their coach, Jacob Rodriguez , who has these kids playing extremely hard. Jacob is a SAGU graduate and former assistant volleyball and women’s basketball coach at SAGU. Another Lion making a difference.”   – Coach Hank Moore

The Lions are currently 20-1 after the weekend and 10-0 in conference remaining in 1st place in the SAC. They will face Wayland Baptist University and Oklahoma Panhandle State University next weekend in Waxahachie . WBU will be Friday night at 7 pm and OPSU is set for Saturday at 1 pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at

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