SAGU's volleyball team completed a sweep of Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) in three competitive sets (25-23, 25-19, and 25-22). With the victory, the Lady Lions tied at the top of the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) with Oklahoma City University. SAGU is now 11-1 in the SAC and 20-5 overall.
In the first set, the Lady Lions got behind 3-0. SAGU recovered quickly and from there on out, the first set was matched nearly point to point.
During the second set, the Lady Lions scored points late in the game by playing strategically. The Lady Rams were well scouted, and SAGU was well-prepared.
In the third set, the Lady Lions found themselves in a rut when Head Coach Hank Moore called a timeout. The timeout sparked current SAC Hitter-of-the-Week Kali Shaw. Shaw came out of the break swinging, creating momentum for the Lady Lions. With Shaw's kills and back-to-back blocks by Paulyae Dawkins, the Lady Lions pulled ahead. Celi Bruce, who’s recovering from an injury, defended with amazing digs and put a damper on the Lady Rams offense.
The recent injury has forced Head Coach Hank Moore to make adjustments and play with different line-ups. “It is really cool that Coach Moore allows Mollie (McBride) and I to switch and rotate simultaneously in the game. He trusts that no matter what, we will get the job done,” explains Shaw.
Coach Moore added, “What a great win tonight for SAGU. Our kids played so hard. Jessica (Sodich) played strong offensively. It was great to have Celi (Bruce) back tonight and she played at a very high level coming off an injury. I am very proud of our program and the total team effort that we played with tonight.”
Jessica Sodich led the Lady Lions with 14 kills and 11 digs. Kali Shaw finished with 13 kills and seven digs. Paulyae Dawkins and Mollie McBride both finished with six kills. Sophia Ivy had 39 assists, which puts her with over 1000 assists on the season.
Brianna Jaramillo and Tierra Coverson led the Lady Rams both with seven kills.