Minneapolis, MINN. - The SAGU Fighting Lady Lion volleyball team lost (30-21, 30-19, 30-27) in its bid for a National Christian College Athletic Association title in the semi-final round against Bethel College.
After two playoff games and one full match on Friday, the Lady Lions qualified for the Final Four on Saturday.
The top four teams earned their way into the championship bracket after pool play on Friday with Indiana Wesleyan getting the first seed,, Bethel College No. 2, Masterís College No. 3 and, and SAGU at No. 4.
Mallory Scott led the SAGU in kills with 12, while Kelani Keoho knocked down 10 shots. Senior Kelly Ray led with 24 digs and Rachel Brown posted a team high 30 assists.
The Lady Lions season now ends in Minneapolis after a program record nine-playoff games including the Red River Conference Tournament, the NAIA Region VI Tournament, and the NCCAA National Tournament. Overall SAGU finished 27 wins and 15 losses with two playoff game wins.
This also marks the first time in program history that the Lady Lions have finished in the NCCAA final four as well as having finished NAIA play at the regional level.
Kelani Keoho and Mallory Scott were named to the All-Tournament team.
Keoho laced 24 kills in four games, while Scott had 14.
Keoho was named as a first team NCCAA All-American selection, while Rachel Brown was named to the second team.