The Lady Lions of Southwestern Assemblies of God University proved every bit worthy of their new No. 25-ranking in the NAIA national coaches poll with a pair of sweeps over the weekend.
SAGU defeated Central Christian College in three straight sets Friday night (25-11, 25-9, 25-10) and did the same Saturday on the road against Langston University (25-11, 24-26, 27-25, 25-8). The wins improved SAGU to 20-1 and 10-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
“This was a good test for our kids, set two Langston fought us tooth and nail. I’m very proud of their coach, Jacob Rodriguez, who has these kids playing extremely hard," SAGU head volleyball coach Hank Moore said. "Jacob is a SAGU graduate and former assistant volleyball and women’s basketball coach at SAGU. Another Lion making a difference.”
The Lady Lions recorded a 0.376 hitting percentage against CCC, and were led by seniors Kali Shaw and Suzanny Figueiredo, who both had 13 kills and six-combined errors. Jancee Akers put down 7-of-her-11 attempts for an impressive 0.545- hitting percentage.
Celi Bruce (11) and Nikki Almaguer (12) led SAGU in digs, while setter Sophia Ivy did a little bit of everything with two kills, two digs and 34 assists on zero errors.
The Lions also had five serving aces.
SAGU received a little bit of a scare against Langston on Saturday, falling 26-24 in the second set and needing extra points to edge their hosts in the third set, 27-25.
Kali Shaw had another outstanding game with 12 kills on 30 swings and one error for a 0.367-hitting percentage. She also was in on four blocks for the match and teammate Madeleine Hartline had five total blocks. Suzanny Figueiredo led the team with 11 digs and libero Celi Bruce was in double-digits with 10.
They will face Wayland Baptist University and Oklahoma Panhandle State University next weekend in Waxahachie. WBU will be Friday night at 7 pm and OPSU is set for Saturday at 1 pm.