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August 30, 2019

SAGU Senior Middle Hitter Madeleine Hartline

Bellevue, NE – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions Volleyball team continued action at 5:00 pm in the Labor Day Tournament in Bellevue, NE. The Lady Lions went from playing a team 500 miles from the tournament site in Jamestown College to a team who traveled 15 minutes to get to the tournament site. The previously undefeated University of St. Mary Flames (10-1) from Omaha, NE was bested by SAGU (5-1, 0-0) in 3 sets 25-23, 25-21, and 25-21.

Lion Review

  • Coming into the match against SAGU the 10-0 College of St. Mary Flames from Omaha, NE had dropped only five sets on the year.
  • The first set was as tight as the final score indicates with no team gaining more than a four point lead during the set. SAGU prevailed 25-23. The Kills (15-16), Errors (6-5) and hitting percentage (.225 – .224) demonstrate how closely contested the first set.
  • In the second set SAGU took the lead early and gained a margin of 19-12 before the Flames raced back into the set at 23-21. At that juncture SAGU was the recipient of a service error by the Flames and on the next volley Ava Myers (FR, Round Top, TX) provided a kill to make the final 25-21.
  • Looking to close out the match in three sets SAGU took a 12-7 lead in the third set before the Flames worked their way back to a 17-16 deficit. From that point on SAGU outscored the Flames 8-5 to win the set and match 25-21.
  • Madeleine Hartline (SR, Round Rock, TX) had 7 kills and 0 errors in match for a hitting percentage of .583. Jancee Akers (SO, Rosenberg, TX) made her presence known with 5 kills in the match.

Moore’s Musings

  • On the key to winning : “We beat a very good St. Mary’s team. We controlled the net and played great defense behind the blocks.”
  • Commenting on the growth of his team : I feel good about our team. We do have a lot of areas to grow but that isn’t bad for this time of year.”
  • On the addition of graduate transfer Aeriel Horton (Waxahachie, TX) to the lineup this weekend : “She plays tremendous defense and makes a great contribution in our passing game. She and Nikki Almaguer (JR, Waxahachie, TX) are playing back row for middles. They can both contribute offensively from the back row. Miranda Solis (JR, Houston, TX) provides maturity to our lineup as well.”

The Next Step

SAGU (5-1, 0-0) will play Doane College from Crete, NE at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. The weekend action will conclude with a match against the 22 nd ranked Bellevue Lady Bruins at 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon in the Labor Day Tournament .

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