JBU volleyball hits wall against Texas Wesleyan
FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Wesleyan threw up a season-high 13 blocks and the John Brown University volleyball team managed a hitting percentage of just .057 (37-28-157) in a four-set loss (25-23, 22-25, 25-12, 25-22) at the Sid Richardson Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles (16-5, 5-2 Sooner Athletic Conference) attacked at its lowest percentage of the season in the loss, while the Rams (16-1, 6-1) attacked at a meager .191 percentage (51-21-157). Wesleyan threw 13 blocks in the JBU attack, led by Tierra Coverson’s nine rejections.
While the first two sets saw two of the conference’s best battle toe-to-toe, the third set swung the momentum into Wesleyan’s favor for good, where the hosts managed six of its 13 blocks on the afternoon.
Sophomore Carly McKinney recorded her seventh double-double of the season, knocking down a team-best 11 kills (11-452) and dug 14 TWU attack attempts. Seniors Beth Brankle and Alyssa Arnold each scooped 17 digs while Arnold passed out 32 assists in the loss.
JBU now sits in fourth place in the SAC after the consecutive losses and will return home to Bill George Arena to face Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Friday at 7 p.m. before a date with conference newcomers Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday at 11 a.m. as a part of the 2017 JBU Homecoming festivities.
John Brown University senior Beth Brankle of Siloam Springs digs up a ball against Texas Wesleyan in the Golden Eagles’ 3-1 loss on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.