The Southwestern Assemblies of God University volleyball team survived a long road weekend and headed back to Waxahachie still atop the conference standings after a pair of wins.
The Lady Lions also swept the Sooner Athletic Conference weekly awards and found a new spot at the top of the first NCCAA national poll.
Despite not hitting the ball well, the Lady Lions were able to win three consecutive sets on unfamiliar territory behind senior leadership on a night when the attackers recorded a .101 hitting percentage against Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, 25-19, 33-31, and 25-22.
“This is one of our most difficult trips of the year. We are glad it is over and we leave with two more conference wins,” said Coach Moore, whose Lady Lions are now 11-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play. “They battled very hard, they have two key players out with injuries. We struggled and did not play one of our better matches."
Suzanny Figueiredo had a great match with a double-double — 17 kills and 19 digs — and two blocks. Sophia Ivy had a career-high 23 digs and added a team-high 30 assists.
Celi Bruce, of Waxahachie, added 18 digs in the win.
STACKING THE HONORS
Ivy highlighted the Lady Lions sweep of the SAC volleyball players of the week by picking up her third league setter of the week award of the season.
Ivy, a junior from Round Rock, became SAC setter of the week for the sixth time in her SAGU career. Bruce scooped up her second consecutive and fourth career conference defender of the week acclaim, and Suzanny Figueiredo secured her first attacker of the week honor.
Figueiredo, a senior outside hitter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, provided Southwestern Assemblies of God with 5.17 kills, 4.50 digs and 0.33 blocks per set in a 2-0 week. Figueiredo posted 17 kills, 19 digs and two blocks in SAGU's three-set victory at Wayland Baptist on Saturday. Her averages are 3.31 kills, 3.23 digs and 0.26 blocks a set on the year.
Bruce, a senior from Waxahachie, contributed 5.83 digs and 1.000 service and reception percentages for SAGU. Bruce recorded 18 digs against Wayland Baptist.
Ivy owns all three of the SAC's setter of the week accolades this year. She turned in 11.00 assists, 5.50 digs and 0.33 blocks a set in two matches.
She also accumulated 36 assists and 10 digs at Panhandle State and 30 assists, 23 digs and two blocks against Wayland Baptist. Ivy ranks sixth among the NAIA with 11.00 assists per set this season.
SAGU now turns its focus to conference foes Oklahoma City University (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Southwestern Christian University (Saturday, noon) and then finishes out the weekend against Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 4 p.m on Saturday. All three matches are at the Scheaffer Center on the SAGU campus in Waxahachie.