SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (October 22, 2014) -- Taking a break from its Sooner Athletic Conference schedule, the John Brown volleyball team (16-8) will look to pick up its second win of the season over Lyon (Ark.) this evening as the Golden Eagles host the Scots in a 7 p.m. matchup.
On Saturday (Oct. 18), junior outside hitter Audrey Dearien blasted a match-high 13 kills, drawing closer to a personal milestone, while the Golden Eagles (16-8, 7-4 SAC) limited Southwestern Christian (Okla.) to a mere -.024 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-14) sweep at Bill George Arena.
Dearien’s 13-kill output brings her within 14 of 1,000 career terminations. She also added five service aces and grabbed the double-double with 10 digs. Junior outside hitter Tiffany Hunnicutt contributed eight kills and a pair of blocks while junior outside hitter Melissa Bakke notched seven kills in the victory. Setters Shayna Daniels (22) and Alyssa Arnold (11) helped the Golden Eagles tally 35 assists on 37 kills. Junior middle hitter Libby Blasingame contributed a match-high two solo blocks and a block assist.
The Golden Eagles used a .344 hitting percentage (37-6-90) to overwhelm the visitors, limiting SCU to a -.024 attacking percentage (19-21-82).
Molli Pugh’s service aces in the first set helped John Brown jump out to a 10-2 advantage before a pair of Dearien kills jump-started JBU on a 9-3rally, featuring a trio of aces, two from Dearien and another from senior defensive specialist Becca Young. Boasting a 20-9 lead, three SCU errors allowed terminations from Hunnicutt and Blasingame to take the first set, 25-10.
The second set began close as a Blasingame kill knotted the score at 4-4 and a Tori Sharp service error for SCU tied the score at 6 apiece. However, with Daniels serving, the Golden Eagles enjoyed a 6-0 rally, highlighted by a pair of aces from Daniels, to take a 12-6 lead. Dearien then took over the rest of the set with another set of kills and an ace to close out set two, 25-12.
Finally in the third set, a pair of JBU errors allowed the Eagle to claw within one, 11-10, but two kills each from Dearien and Hunnicutt powered the hosts on an 8-1 run. With a 19-11 lead in hand, another pair of Dearien terminations ended the set with the Golden Eagles capturing six of the last 10 points and a 25-14 win.
“Next week is a big week for us,” added Carver, looking towards the next opponents. “Our match against Lyon College on Wednesday is going to be our Dig Pink match. We then follow that up with a long road trip out to play Wayland Baptist at their place. They have not lost another conference match since losing to us, so I can only imagine that they have had our match date circled on their calendars as an opportunity for some redemption.”
The Scots enter tonight’s affair with a 9-15 overall record after splitting a trimatch in Batesville, Ark., last Friday (Oct. 17) with Oklahoma Wesleyan and Philander Smith (Ark.).
Katarina Frickleton and Emily Sprick both had big outing for Lyon. Frickleton finished the two matches with 25 kills, while adding three service aces and tallying 10 blocks and six digs. Sprick recorded a personal-best 43 assists against OKWU, finishing the afternoon with 75 assists, 12 digs, seven blocks and four kills. Her previous high in assists was 39, set earlier this year against Central Baptist (Ark.). Lyon earned a sweep over Philander Smith, 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-20), but fell in a hard-fought contest to Oklahoma Wesleyan, 3-1 (24-26, 23-25, 30-28, 20-25).
Frickleton paces the Scots, which have split its last six outings, with 199 kills on the season, while Makenzie Sharp has added 172 terminations. An impressive dual-threat, Frickleton also leads the team with eight solo blocks and 72 block-assists. This has her ranked at No. 43 in the nation in blocks per set (1.030).
Sprick has contributed 624 helpers on the year to run the Lyon offense, including 28 or more in her last four outings. Halley Watson leads the Scots in digs (180) while Sharp lands second on the team in scoops (171).
Live video and stats, courtesy of JBUathletics.com, will be provided for tonight's tilt.