On Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, Okla., the SAGU Lady Lion volleyball team had a chance to win the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region Title and a trip to the NCCAA National Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.
SAGU was the number one seed and played the winner the first game which was between No. 2 Oklahoma Wesleyan and No. 3 Mid-America Christian, the host of the tournament.
Oklahoma Wesleyan defeated MACU to move into the championship round with SAGU.
SAGU left no doubt, defeating Oklahoma Wesleyan in three straight games, .
The Red River Conference first-team setter Rachel Brown set the attack with 40 assists. Kelani Keoho, also a Red River All-Conference first-team member, led SAGU with 16 kills. Brittani Toole followed right in behind Keoho with 15 kills.
SAGU will now book its tickets to Minneapolis to play in the NCCAA National Tournament Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Two years ago, SAGU played four games in the NCCAA National Tournament and lost all four games.
This year the team has set a program record of 26 wins.
However, before that SAGU will travel to Lubbock this weekend where the Lady Lions will play for the first time ever in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Regional Tournament.
SAGU was ranked as the No. 5 team in the region, earning a spot in the tournament.
NAIA regional preview
Thus far this post season, the SAGU Lady Lions are 2-1. Twice they have defeated teams by a 3-0 score and they picked the NCCAA Central Region title on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
Not bad for their first three games. However, the competition is about to get more difficult as the Lady Lions will play in two of their most difficult tournaments of the year.
First up is the NAIA Region VI Tournament this weekend in Lubbock.
Then Nov. 29 through Dec.1 SAGU will play in the NCCAA National Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.
This will be Southwestern’s first ever appearance in the NAIA Regional tournament and their second trip to NCCAA Nationals in three years.
Friday at 1:30 p.m. SAGU will play No. 4 seeded Oklahoma City University. A win, would place SAGU against either No. 1 UT-Brownsville or No. 8 John Brown University on Saturday.
OCU finished with a 33-9 overall record and a 7-4 conference record and on Sept. 29 defeated SAGU in three straight games.
UT-Brownsville should be no stranger to our fellow readers. UT-Brownsville is a member of the Red River Conference and won the conference this year. UTB finished 30-7 and swept the conference by going 6-0.
John Brown finished its season with a 14-19 record and was 5-6 in conference play. Against common opponents, SAGU went 10-5 while John Brown finished 8-11. The only two opponents that produced different results were against Wayland Baptist and Southern Nazarene University. SAGU won both matches over Wayland while John Brown split both matches. Against Southern Nazarene University, SAGU won both matches while JBU when 1-2.
Check the SAGU website for results during the day on Friday.
The Lady Lions will get to taste and possible even be the distributor of the taste of the high level of competition that they are about to play.
Seeding for the NAIA Region VI tournament:
2. Lubbock Christian Univ.
3. Texas Wesleyan University
4. Oklahoma City University
6. Wayland Baptist University
7. Southern Nazarene Univ.
8. John Brown University