Siloam Springs, Ark (December 11, 2000) - Post-season awards continue to multiply for the Golden Eagle Volleyball Team. Junior Amber Squires has been selected to the NAIA All-American Third Team and Senior Melody Murray was named NAIA All-American Honorable Mention.
Amber Squires is a 6' middle hitter and a three-year starter from Aurora, Nebraska. "Amber was the first volleyball player in JBU history to receive NAIA All-American honors," said Coach Robyn Gordon, JBU volleyball coach and instructor of health science. "She was named Honorable Mention in 1999 after a record-breaking year for the Golden Eagles. Being named to the All-American Third Team is a great honor for Amber and for John Brown University. It's nice to see JBU Volleyball receiving national recognition"
During the 2000 season, Squires was also selected to the NAIA Region VI First Team, the NAIA Sub-Region VI First Team, and was an NAIA Region VI Player of the Week twice during the season. She was also an All-Tournament Selection at the JBU Classic, the College of the Ozarks Tournament, the Graceland Invitational and the Region VI Challenge. Squires recorded 523 kills, 154 blocks, 85 aces and 395 digs for the season.
Melody Murray is a 5'11" senior, outside hitter from Overland Park, Kansas who has started for the Golden Eagles for four years. Murray is also a two time NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete. "I'm excited for Melody for receiving All-American Honorable Mention. She has worked extremely hard to help our program move to the next level. Melody ends her career as the most decorated player in JBU volleyball history", said Gordon.
Murray currently holds the JBU career records for kills, digs and games played. During the 2000 season, Murray was selected to the NAIA Region VI First Team, the NAIA Sub-Region VI First Team and was an NAIA Region VI Player of the Week. She was an All-Tournament Selection at the College of the Ozarks and the Region VI Challenge. Murray was co-captain her sophomore and junior seasons and was team captain during her senior year. She recorded 535 kills, 94 blocks, 59 aces and 398 digs during her senior season.
Other post-season honors for the Golden Eagles include: Meredith Phillips - NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete and NAIA Sub-Region VI Honorable Mention; Aimee Golemon - NAIA Region VI Player of the Week, NAIA Region VI Second Team and NAIA Sub-Region VI First Team; Michelle Manes - Two-time NAIA Region VI Setter of the Week, NAIA Region VI First Team and NAIA Sub-Region VI First Team; Michelle Youngling - NAIA Region VI Second Team and NAIA Sub-Region VI First Team; and Coach Robyn Gordon - NAIA Region VI and Sub-Region VI Coach of the Year.
The Golden Eagle Volleyball Team finished the 2000 season with a record of 29-11. They were ranked as high as 18th in the NAIA National poll this year and broke the school record for wins in a season. JBU will return nine letter winners for the 2001 season.
John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.