GameDay: Volleyball at Texas Wesleyan

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SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (October 11, 2014) -- After taking a 3-0 loss last night at Southwestern A.G. (Texas), the Golden Eagles (13-7, 4-3 SAC) will look to bounce back on the back end of its two-day Texas road trip when JBU faces Texas Wesleyan (9-13, 5-2 SAC) this afternoon at the Sid Richardson Center.

Last night, junior outside hitter Audrey Dearien led the Golden Eagles with nine kills while junior outside hitter Tiffany Hunnicutt added seven terminations. Junior middle hitter Libby Blasingame had a match-leading one solo block and three assists on the night. Senior defensive specialist Becca Young continued to pile onto her team-leading dig count with another 17, a match-high, while sophomore setter Shayna Daniels added 13. Daniels (11) and freshman setter Alyssa Arnold (9) totaled 20 of JBU’s 22 assists in the loss.

The Lions hit at a .186 percent pace on the match while holding John Brown to its lowest offensive output of the season, a .035 hitting percentage, including a -.024 mark in the third set. SAGU also rode 10 service aces, four by Ryan, to a 10-2 advantage in aces. The Golden Eagles had six team blocks compared to the Lions’ five.

McBride had a match-high 11 kills for SAGU (10-10, 4-4 SAC) while Caitlin Paschall dug 10 JBU attacks and added a match-best 25 assists in the win. JJ Abbott also threw up two solo blocks.

Also in action last night, Texas Wesleyan downed Oklahoma City (13-9, 5-3 SAC) by a 3-1 final (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22). Shelby Stinnett led the charge with a double-double consisting of 20 kills and 10 digs. Abigail Zipoy also tallied a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs while adding five aces. Meghan Finley hit 10 kills in the win. Lauren Hamaker notched a double-double with 20 assists and 10 digs. Shaughnessy Hearn posted 25 digs and Kristina Gafford had 27 assists.

Stinnett paces the Ram effort on offense with a total of 225 kills (2.85 per set average) while Alex Hendee (184), Finley (176) and Lynsay Buell (120) each have eclipsed the 100-kill plateau. Hamaker’s 403 assists leads TWU while Zipoy (285) and Stinnett provide the defensive lead in digs. Buell’s eight solo and 61 block assists sets the standard for the Ram rejection efforts.

The Rams have now won three matches in a row after falling to Oklahoma Baptist, 3-0, on Sept. 30.

Live stats will be provided by Texas Wesleyan University for the 2 p.m. matchup.

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