Student-athletes at Southwestern Assemblies of God University are doing more than a make little noise — they are being recognized for the efforts.
Kali Shaw, Celi Bruce and Sophie Ivy of the Lady Lions volleyball team swept the weekly awards for the Sooner Athletic Conference after SAGU swept a weekend tournament.
Bruce, a Waxahachie product, received the conference's defender of the week after she climbed to No. 14 nationally in digs per match (5.86) and No. 39 in total digs (170).
Shaw, a 5-foot-11 senior out of Meadows Place, received attacker of the week for the second consecutive week. She is now the fourth-ranked outside hitter in the nation with 4.97 kills per match. She also ranks 14th in total kills (144) and 17th in hitting percentage (.361 percent).
She averaged 5.15 kills per set, a hitting percentage of .496 percent, and 3.62 digs per set.
Ivy, of Round Rock, was named the conference's setter of the week for the second consecutive week. She currently ranks fifth in the nation in assists per match (11.0) and 23rd in total assists (319).
SAGU volleyball knocked off No. 17 Georgetown over the weekend and is currently the top-ranked team in the SAC after receiving 44 votes in the national rankings.
Outside of volleyball, freshman soccer player Melissa Navarro, of Kyle, received SAC Offensive Player of the Week after she netted four goals against Texas College. The Lady Lions eventually won 8-3.
Zackery Hammond, a freshman from Corsicana, became the first male SAC Runner of the Week for SAGU and set the school’s record in the 8,000-meter race. He finished fourth at the meet hosted by Dallas Baptist University.
SAGU was also well represented on the national front — very well, in fact.
Shaw was named the NCCAA National Volleyball Player of the Week, Hammond was named the national men's cross country runner of the week, and Marco Mathews, a senior linebacker from Maypearl, received NCCAA Defensive Football Player of the Week.
Mathews recorded a pick-six and six tackles during the Lions 37-28 win on Saturday against Austin College.