JBU vol­ley­ball off to 6-0 start

The Golden Ea­gles swept Wil­liams Bap­tist and South­ern Arkansas in Wal­nut Ridge.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

WAL­NUT RIDGE — Paced by a com­plete team ef­fort, the John Brown Univer­sity vol­ley­ball team con­tin­ued its un­de­feated sea­son an­other day by tak­ing a pair of wins over Wil­liams Bap­tist and NCAA Divi­sion II South­ern Arkansas in tri­an­gu­lar ac­tion, hosted by WBC on Tuesday af­ter­noon at the Souther­land-Mabee Arena.

John Brown (6-0) hit ef­fi­ciently in the first con­test against the host Ea­gles, post­ing a .365 hit­ting per­cent­age (4510-96), pow­ered by a .480 mark (12-0-25) in the third and de­cid­ing frame. Thanks to 19 as­sists from sopho­more El­iz­a­beth Wil­liams and 13 from se­nior Alyssa Arnold, the Golden Ea­gles posted 12 kills and went er­ror­less in the third set, fin­ish­ing off a 25-17, 25-11, 25-23 vic­tory over WBC.

The vis­i­tors dom­i­nated the net, post­ing eight blocks, led by sopho­more Lind­sey Davis’ trio of re­jec­tions. Ju­nior Bayli Rea­gan and sopho­more Carly McKin­ney each added a pair in the vic­tory.

Sopho­more Jes­sica Meyer turned in seven kills, while Rea­gan and Davis added six ter­mi­na­tions apiece. Rea­gan added two as­sists while se­nior Beth Bran­kle posted a matchbest 13 digs as JBU eas­ily cap­tured the first two sets.

The third set fea­tured a thun­der­ous come­back for the hosts, post­ing a late 7-0 run to trans­form a 16-10 deficit into a one­point lead. McKin­ney stopped the run with a kill as the teams traded points un­til WBC man­aged a 23-21 ad­van­tage.

Sopho­more Megan Beck and McKin­ney con­nected for con­sec­u­tive kills and, af­ter a WBC er­ror, John Brown closed out the con­test with a stuff­ing from the tan­dem of Davis and McKin­ney, fin­ish­ing off the Golden Ea­gles’ third sweep in five matches.

With not much down­time, JBU re­turned to the court about a half hour later to take on South­ern Arkansas. While the play was closer, the re­sults fin­ished the same as the first match as JBU ran away with a 25-22, 26-24, 25-23 sweep over the Mu­lerid­ers.

Both teams did not hit par­tic­u­larly well, but the JBU de­fense lim­ited SAU to a .162 at­tack­ing per­cent­age (34-18-99) via 15 re­jec­tions, paced by se­nior Bailei Brown and Meyer’s quar­tet of re­jec­tions. Davis added three while McKin­ney posted a pair as JBU fin­ished the con­test in dra­matic fash­ion.

Sport­ing a 10-4 lead early in the first, South­ern Arkansas slowly clawed its way back into con­tention, in­clud­ing pulling within two points on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Kills from Brown, Davis and Beck down the stretch kept the Mu­lerid­ers at bay as JBU ad­vanced to the sec­ond stanza.

While South­ern Arkansas en­joyed a lead for the en­tirety of the sec­ond set, in­clud­ing a 23-19 ad­van­tage late, the Golden Ea­gles re­sponded just when they needed to. Back-to-back blocks from Davis and Brown capped a quick 4-0 to knot the score at 23 apiece, and while SAU scored the next point, a Davis kill and con­sec­u­tive Arnold aces fin­ished the im­pres­sive come­back per­for­mance for JBU.

The Golden Ea­gles never trailed in the final set, but South­ern Arkansas nipped con­stantly at the JBU heels, pulling within one or two points nine times un­til JBU held a 2322 lead late. An SAU ser­vice er­ror cou­pled with a ter­mi­na­tion from Rea­gan fin­ished John Brown’s 2-0 day in tri­an­gu­lar ac­tion.

Meyer paced JBU with seven kills, an ace and four blocks while Rea­gan added six ter­mi­na­tions and five digs. Davis was John Brown’s most ef­fi­cient at­tacker, hit­ting .417 (6-1-12) en route to six digs.

The Golden Ea­gles re­turn to ac­tion at 7 p.m. Thurs­day when it opens Sooner Ath­letic ac­tion against Ba­cone (Okla.) in Musko­gee, Okla.

Photo cour­tesy of Wil­liams Bap­tist Col­lege

John Brown sopho­mores Lind­say Davis, left, and Megan Beck at­tempt a block against Wil­liams Bap­tist Col­lege on Tuesday in Wal­nut Ridge. The Golden Ea­gles swept Wil­liams Bap­tist and South­ern Arkansas to move to 6-0 on the sea­son. JBU is sched­uled to play at Ba­cone (Okla.) on Thurs­day to open Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence play.

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