JBU volleyball de­feats Way­land Bap­tist

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

Ju­nior Jessica Meyer turned in a 17-kill per­for­mance and the John Brown Univer­sity volleyball team sub­mit­ted its sec­ond-best hit­ting ef­fort of the sea­son to ride away with a 3-1 (2520, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23) win over Way­land Bap­tist (Texas) on Fri­day evening in­side Bill Ge­orge Arena.

The win im­proves the Golden Ea­gles to 4-5 over­all with a 4-1 mark in Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence play. Com­pet­ing in front of the rowdy Bill Ge­orge Arena fans seemed to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on JBU’s hit­ting per­for­mance, as three at­tack­ers fin­ished with dou­ble-digit kills.

In the three matches it won, John Brown hit a com­bined .324, paced by Meyer’s .762 at­tack­ing night, in­clud­ing a trio of blocks. Ju­nior Me­gan Beck con­trib­uted a sea­son-high 13 ter­mi­na­tions while se­nior Bayli Rea­gan added 12 kills and eight digs.

“It was great to fi­nally have the op­por­tu­nity to play at home and in front of our fans, head coach Ken Carver said. “We were able to be in sys­tem, of­fen­sively, most of tonight and Car­rie (Ciesla) and Elizabeth (Williams) did a good job of putting our of­fen­sive play­ers in good po­si­tions to score.

“We’ve been try­ing to em­pha­size get­ting our mid­dles more swings and I was pleased that both of our set­ters did a good job of ex­e­cut­ing on that and was happy to see both Lind­sey (Davis) and Jessica (Meyer) have big nights for us of­fen­sively.”

Ju­nior Lind­sey Davis added nine kills and two blocks on the evening.

Jenna Low­ery fin­ished the con­test with a sea­sonbest 24 digs.

WBU’s Mal­lo­rie El­lis fin­ished with 19 kills, four blocks and six digs and Kel­lie Kozak con­trib­uted 11 ter­mi­na­tions in the loss.

JBU re­turned to ac­tion Satur­day against Ok­la­homa Pan­han­dle State. Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime.

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