Vol­ley­ball edges WBU

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

The John Brown Univer­sity vol­ley­ball team hit .259 in the fi­nal set and re­ceived a pair of big-time blocks from ju­nior Bayli Rea­gan and sopho­more Jes­sica Meyer and the Golden Ea­gles hung on for a 3-2 win (25-14, 16-25, 2521, 17-25, 15-11) over Way­land Bap­tist (Texas) on Fri­day night in­side Bill Ge­orge Arena.

The John Brown (17-5, 6-2 Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) block­ing game came up of­ten and in cru­cial times, powered by five blocks from sopho­more Lind­sey Davis, four from sopho­more Carly McKin­ney and a trio from Meyer. The mo­men­tum swing wildly through­out the con­test, as re­flected in the JBU at­tack­ing ef­fort. Three sets fea­tured a .171 attack per­cent­age or lower, while in the first set John Brown hit .571 and .259 in the fifth and de­cid­ing set. Ul­ti­mately, the Golden Ea­gles hit .189 (56-24-169) while the Pioneers (12-8, 4-4) hit .174 (5828-172).

“Ev­ery­one in the gym tonight got to ex­pe­ri­ence the highs and lows that come with our sport,” ad­mit­ted head coach Ken Carver. “Both teams had mo­ments of ex­e­cut­ing at high lev­els of­fen­sively and both teams had mo­ments where there were far too many un­forced er­rors. Thank­fully, our team was able to come around and fo­cus when the match was on the line in the fifth set and fin­ished off the match on a very strong note and very good de­fen­sive ex­e­cu­tion.” Down 6-2 in the fifth, a key Bailei Brown kill started the come­back ef­fort that even­tu­ally saw JBU tie the match at 6, 7, 8 and 9 apiece. Fi­nally, a thun­der­ous kill from Meyer in the mid­dle handed the lead over to John Brown for good, but not un­til a key string of ral­lies that fea­tured solo blocks from Rea­gan and Meyer that book­ended an­other key cross-court kill from Rea­gan.

While Way­land de­layed match point twice, fi­nally Meyer ended it with her 12th ter­mi­na­tion of the night.

Rea­gan and McKin­ney paced the JBU of­fense with 16 kills apiece while Meyer added 12 in the win. Se­nior Alyssa Arnold passed out 47 as­sists, served up a trio of aces, and dug a team-best 22 balls while se­nior Beth Bran­kle added 21 scoops on the back line. Me­gan Shar­ratt paced Way­land with 17 kills while Mal­lo­rie El­lis landed 14 kills and posted 14 digs. Am­ber Daniel added a dozen kills and 11 digs, Jor­dan Bred­ing recorded 28 digs, Kel­lie Kozak three blocks, and Elis­a­beth Piroli 13 digs and 50 as­sists. The Golden Ea­gles re­turned to ac­tion Satur­day morn­ing against Ok­la­homa Pan­han­dle State. Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime.

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