Lady Golden Eagles Sweep Sub-Regional Championship

Siloam Springs, Ark (November 18, 1999) — The John Brown University Lady Golden Eagles Volleyball team swept the NAIA Region VI Sub-Regional Tournament in Plainview, TX on November 12 and 13, allowing them to move on to the Regional Tournament in Lubbock, TX this weekend.

Going into the tournament, the Lady Golden Eagles possessed the number four seed. Their first match against fifth seed Wayland Baptist resulted in a Lady Golden Eagles win in four games, 15-11, 15-10, 9-15, 15-9. Leading the charge for the Lady Golden Eagles was sophomore Amber Squires with 17 kills, nine blocks and 18 digs. Junior Melody Murray followed with 17 kills and 13 digs. Senior Tina Simoni had a remarkable game with 59 assists, three blocks, two aces and 13 digs.

The second match threw the Ladies against the number one seed and tenth in the nation, Lubbock Christian University. In four games the Lady Golden Eagles were able to outscore Lubbock, 15-13, 12-15, 15-5, 15-13. Murray led the team with 20 kills and 28 digs. Squires followed with 19 kills and 18 digs. Simoni had an impressive 71 assists and 14 digs. Combined, the Lady Golden Eagles had 119 digs, keeping them in the game against a dominating offensive power.

The final match put JBU against the second seed team and 15th nationally ranked team, Texas Lutheran. In three games, the Ladies took the match and the tournament, 16-14, 15-7, 17-15. Murray led with 16 kills and 13 digs, followed by Squires with 14 kills and eight digs.

"It was a team weekend," said head coach Robyn Gordon. "I was so proud of the effort and the attitude displayed this weekend."

The Lady Golden Eagles will head to the Regional Tournament this weekend where they will be the number two seed. They will start off playing the University of Texas at Permian Basin on Thursday night. The winner will move on to the semi-finals on Friday evening, with the championship being played on Saturday evening.

Since 1919, John Brown University, a nondenominational Christian university, has provided top-quality, Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on educating the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,500 students from 47 states and 33 countries. For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges. The University has also repeatedly been included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.