WAXAHACHIE — It was close, but the Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team completed a sweep of Texas Wesleyan University on Wednesday, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22.
With the victory, the Lady Lions remain tied at the top of the Sooner Athletic Conference with Oklahoma City University. SAGU is now 11-1 in the SAC and 20-5 overall.
In the first set, the Lady Lions fell behind 3-0 but recovered quickly and the match traded point to point to the 25-23 SAGU win.
During the second set, the Lady Lions were able to score points late by playing smart and strategic. The Lady Rams were well scouted, and SAGU was well-prepared.
In the third set, the Lady Lions found themselves in a rut, which forced SAGU head volleyball coach Hank Moore to call 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 were able to pull ahead.
Celi Bruce, who’s recovering from an injury, was able to defend with amazing digs late to put a damper on the Lady Rams offense.
The recent injury to Bruce, a Waxahachie graduate, has forced 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,” Shaw explained.
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 1,000 assists on the season.
Brianna Jaramillo and Tierra Coverson led the Lady Rams both with seven kills.
The Lady Lions will compete against Arlington Baptist College on their home floor, Friday, Oct. 20 at 7pm.