JBU vol­ley­ball swept at SAGU

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

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — On the verge of clos­ing out the sec­ond set and ty­ing the match at one apiece, a late lead fell apart, capped off by a con­tro­ver­sial call, as South­west­ern Assem­blies of God (Texas) knocked off the John Brown Univer­sity vol­ley­ball team 3-0 to take com­mand of the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence stand­ings on Fri­day night inside the Sheaf­fer Cen­ter.

Armed with a 22-18 lead late in the sec­ond set, the Golden Ea­gles (16-4, 5-1 Sooner Ath­letic) al­lowed SAGU to crawl back into the match with four straight points to tie the score. A huge block from the tan­dem of sopho­more Lind­sey Davis and ju­nior Bayli Rea­gan gave JBU the lead, but the Lions (154, 6-0) knot­ted the match again on the next play.

Twice more John Brown took the lead only to see the hosts tie it up, un­til the of­fi­cials took away what ap­peared to be an­other dom­i­nant kill by sopho­more Jes­sica Meyer in the mid­dle to force a 26-25 lead for the vis­i­tors. The up judge re­versed the point, cit­ing a lift on the at­tack, shift­ing the mo­men­tum and the crowd back to the Lions. SAGU closed out the set on the next rally and ran away with the third set to fin­ish the sweep, 25-21, 27-25, 25-16.

“Tonight wasn’t our best ef­fort by far,” head coach Ken Carver said. “Give SAGU credit in that they came out and ex­e­cuted con­sis­tently in front of a very rowdy gym. We came out more fo­cused in the sec­ond set, but we just weren’t able to pro­tect the lead. In the third, we were our own worst en­emy.

“Hav­ing as many un­forced er­rors as we did in the third will cost any team, but es­pe­cially against a team as good as SAGU.”

JBU bat­tled it­self un­like any other time be­fore this sea­son in the third, hit­ting .000 (12-12-49), and fin­ish­ing the match with a .125 per­cent­age (40-23-136). Nei­ther team hit par­tic­u­larly well, but the Lions man­aged a .198 clip (40-15126), led by the re-emer­gence of Jes­sica Sodich, who paced the Lion of­fense to the tune of 12 kills.

Kali Shaw added nine ter­mi­na­tions and 16 digs while Sophia Ivy passed out 34 as­sists in the win.

Rea­gan notched her fifth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son, and Meyer added nine kills while sopho­more Carly McKin­ney added seven to ac­com­pany 12 digs. Se­nior Alyssa Arnold dished out 32 digs and scooped 14, as did se­nior Beth Bran­kle on the back line.

JBU fin­ished out its Lone Star Stte trip at Texas Wes­leyan on Satur­day in Fort Worth. Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime. The Golden Ea­gles play their next game Fri­day at home against Way­land Bap­tist (Texas).

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