Stars end Golden Ea­gles’ sea­son

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — Hop­ing to keep its sea­son alive and a chance to play for a berth into the NAIA Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, the John Brown Univer­sity vol­ley­ball team fell short in a de­fen­sive strug­gle, fall­ing 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-10) against host Ok­la­homa City in the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals on Fri­day night in­side Abe Lemons Arena.

Ok­la­homa City (22-6) hit just .136 (37-22-110) while the Golden Ea­gles (26-7) hit an even .000 (2323-114) as 23 hit­ting er­rors and 13 City blocks kept the JBU of­fense from tak­ing a set. Af­ter best­ing the Stars at Bill George Arena in the reg­u­lar sea­son, John Brown fell in con­sec­u­tive matches, both sweeps, at Abe Lemons Arena.

In Fri­day’s set­back, a trio of Golden Ea­gles led the at­tack with five kills each in sopho­more Jes­sica Meyer, ju­nior Bayli Rea­gan and sopho­more Lind­sey Davis. Sopho­more Carly McKin­ney was lim­ited to three kills on 23 at­tacks.

JBU bat­tled through seven costly ball han­dling er­rors.

Se­niors Alyssa Arnold and Beth Bran­kle made their last col­le­giate ap­pear­ance, with Arnold pass­ing out 16 as­sists on 23 JBU kills while Bran­kle held the Golden Ea­gle back line with a team-best 11 scoops.

City’s Mar­i­jana Bjelo­brk was the match’s only dou­ble-digit at­tacker with 11 kills (.346) while Ste­fani Nell added nine ter­mi­na­tions and 18 digs.

The Golden Ea­gles close the sea­son with its high­est win to­tal in over a decade.

JBU 3, Way­land Bap­tist 1

The fourth-seeded John Brown Univer­sity vol­ley­ball team erased late deficits in the first and fourth sets and used timely runs to de­feat fifth-seeded Way­land Bap­tist (Texas) 3-1 in the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment quar­ter­fi­nals on Tues­day night in­side Bill George Arena.

The Golden Ea­gles fin­ished a per­fect 8-0 in Bill George Arena and with the 26-24, 25-19, 2527, 25-23 win over the Pioneers (17-12).

Seven blocks and 76 digs frus­trated the WBU of­fense at times as the visi­tors hit just .190 (54-23-163) caus­ing 23 at­tack­ing er­rors. The Pioneers would ad­just how­ever, as Mal­lo­rie El­lis and Megan Shar­ratt broke open for 17 kills apiece as El­lis com­pleted the dou­ble-dou­ble with 12 digs.

The Golden Ea­gles had a re­sponse, how­ever, as sopho­more Jes­sica Meyer hit .556 (16-1-27), launch­ing 16 kills and adding three blocks in the four-set vic­tory. Join­ing Meyer was sopho­more Carly McKin­ney, who cap­tured her 14th dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son, reg­is­ter­ing 16 kills of her own to ac­com­pany 13 digs and a pair of blocks.

Ju­nior Bayli Rea­gan found dou­ble-digit ter­mi­na­tions (11) and served four aces, pow­er­ing JBU to 10 on the evening. Sopho­more Lind­sey Davis con­trib­uted nine kills and a block.

Se­nior Alyssa Arnold kept the JBU of­fense churn­ing at a .267 clip (63-19-165) with 52 as­sists. Se­nior Beth Bran­kle added a team-best 19 digs as five Golden Ea­gles recorded dou­ble-digit scoops.

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