WAXAHACHIE — Three matches into conference play and the Lady Lions of Southwestern Assemblies of God sit atop the standings.
The SAGU volleyball team beat Wayland Baptist University in four sets on their home court over the weekend to move 12-3 overall and remain undefeated (3-0) in Sooner Athletic Conference play.
The Lady Lions defeated WBU 25-21, 25-16, 22-25, and 25-23. Wayland is now 8-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
After being down 5-1 in the first set, the Lady Lions got back on their feet with two blocks from Mollie McBride and Kali Shaw to take the lead for the first time in set one. Back-to-back kills for McBride and Shaw continued to spark momentum for the Lady Lions.
After a SAGU timeout, the Lady Pioneers took a two-point lead late in the set, 18-20. SAGU then pieced together a 5-0 run and McBride ended the set with two consecutive kills (25-21).
The Lady Lions began the second set with a 5-0 run before WBU battled back to tie it at nine. Dawkins then came up with three fierce kills followed by two kills from Madeleine Hartline. SAGU ran ahead and continued to dominate, finishing 25-16.
Two Lady Lions finished with double-doubles, but it was an all-around effort for SAGU. Shaw finished with 11 kills, 21 digs, and one block assist. McBride added 13 kills, six digs, and one block assist. Jessica Sodich, who has been doing extremely well this season, came up big with 16 kills, 24 digs and two block assists. Celi Bruce added 14 digs. Setter, Sophia Ivy, finished with 50 assists and five digs. Dawkins concluded with nine kills and one block assist. Hartline added seven kills and three block assists. Nikki Almaguer added nine digs.
Wayland’s Megan Sharratt finished with 18 kills, four digs and two block assists.
The Lady Lions finished the weekend with two SAC wins under their belt and will turn their sights on Mid-America Christian University for a showdown Friday evening, Sept. 22 at 7pm.