Friday night started four games for SAGU volleyball that were placed on the schedule to prepare the Lady Lions for post season play.
SAGU placed their 6-1 record into the fire to be purified in their first home stand of the season and came back with mixed results.
The first game of the conference schedule would prove one the toughest as UT-Brownsville showed up as an opponent that had to be dealt with in the Red River Conference.
UTB took early leads in Game 1 and 2 proceeding to win both matches by the identical scores of 30-20.
SAGU played closer in game three, narrowing the gap to five points at 25-20 late in the game. But UT-Brownsville would roll out another five points and take the match in three games.
For the Lady Lions, Kelani Keoho led with 12 kills, Rachel Brown posted 19 assists while Jordan Briggs led the defense with 12 digs.
Both Brown and Keoho scored three aces.
The loss starts SAGU out on the ugly side of the conference standings with one loss.
The Southern Nazarene University Crimson Storm ladies entered the game with a 1-4 record.
The one win came on a forfeit from Bacone College.
With no time to rest from the previous game, the Lady Lions teetered and tottered through a tied game before opening up a 16-12 lead on a Mallory Scott kill.
Twice SAGU would open up six points leads but SNU would close the game down to one point, 29-28.
On the next serve, Keoho killed home game one for a 30-28 SAGU advantage.
The next game was an example of staying one step ahead of your opponent.
Five times SAGU would take a five-point lead as they out paced Southern Nazarene to a 25-20 score.
The Lady Lions then would roll off five points to SNU's one. The rally was keyed by two Keoho kills and one block.
The Lady Lions went into game three with a 2-0 advantage.
Southern Nazarene came out fighting to get back into the match in game three as the Crimson Storm took a 13-17 lead over SAGU.
After the previous score, both teams locked into the longest volley of the night, and the winner would grab the momentum in the game.
SAGU won the volley and rallied to tie the game at 18-18 on a Mallory Scott kill.
After the 18-18 score, the teams would lock horns for ties at 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24.
Following the 24-24 tie, the Lady Lions would rattle off six straight points and win the game 30-24 to bring home the match.
Keoho compiled 21 kills in the second game and with 46 swings, committed only two errors and added three blocks.
Rachel Brown led again with 38 assists. Keoho and Kelly Ray each grabbed 14 digs.
The Lady Lions split their games Friday night in the Full Life Center to bring their season record to 7-2 and 0-1 in conference.