The SAGU Lions volleyball team’s season has come to an end after losing to Oklahoma Wesleyan (31-10) and Colorado Christian (21-13) at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Regional Tournament. SAGU ended with a record of 16-19.
Against Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU), SAGU lost in three close sets (22-25, 27-29, 22-25). On offense, the Lady Lions were led by sophomore McKenzie Criddle with 13 kills. Sophomore Faith Hardin had 11 kills, while freshman Mollie McBride and senior Jessie Giese had six kills each.
Junior Caitlin Paschall had 29 assists and 10 digs. Junior Emmalee Smith had 16 digs. Junior Lacy Stinebaugh also added 10 digs.
According to head coach Hank Moore, it was a match that OKWU deserved to win.
“They outscored us in every statistical area,” Moore said. “They are to be congratulated on a match well-played.”
In the final match of the season, SAGU lost to Colorado Christian University (16-25, 14-25, 16-25).
Moore said he was expecting some tough competition in the tournament.
“CCU could be the best team we have seen all year,” Moore said. “We could not stop them at all.”
Setter Caitlin Paschall led SAGU all around against CCU with seven kills and five digs. Emmalee Smith and Courtney Tobolka both had five digs.
Oklahoma Wesleyan and Colorado Christian will play for the championship of the NCCAA Regional Championship. The winner of that game will advance to the National Championship in Kissimmee, Florida.