JBU vol­ley­ball hits wall against Texas Wes­leyan

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

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.

Photo cour­tesy of Lit­tle Joe Pho­tog­ra­phy

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.

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