Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 22, 2003) - Following a good win at Arkansas Tech last Wednesday night, the JBU volleyball team headed to Texas for a tough 3-match road trip. Facing number 1 and 2 in NAIA Region VI, Houston Baptist University and Lubbock Christian University, as well as a strong Wayland Baptist University team, the Golden Eagles limped home after being defeated in all three matches.
On Friday afternoon, JBU faced the NAIA nationally ranked number 9 Houston Baptist team and were defeated in three straight games, 17-30, 18-30 and 29-31. Then on Friday evening, the Golden Eagles played Lubbock Christian, the NAIA nationally ranked number 14 team and again lost in three straight, 26-30, 22-30 and 27-30. On Saturday afternoon, JBU competed against Wayland Baptist winning the first game 30-26 before dropping three straight 23-30, 27-30 and 14-30 to lose the match.
For the weekend play, several JBU players scored high on the statistical charts. Although she was injured in the first game on Saturday with a severe ankle sprain, junior Meghann Wharton still led the team in kills with 21 while senior Kemi Rogers had 12 and junior Helen Gross and senior Christine Matchell both collected 11. Wharton also had 5 blocks in the two matches before the injury, but Gross led the block stats with 9 for the weekend. Frosh Rachel Melby continues at a record setting pace in assists with 85. Senior Kemi Rogers had 21 digs to follow sophomore Chris Wells who had 29. Rogers also had 5 services aces to lead in that department and frosh Britanny Moon-Battung served 3 aces.
“After beating Arkansas Tech on the road, we felt we were coming into this key weekend with great momentum. However, Houston Baptist and Lubbock Christian proved too powerful for us. We played inconsistently throughout the weekend. When we lost our most consistent hitter, Meghann, in the first game against Wayland, we had to have some people step up, and that didn’t happen. I don’t want to take anything away from Wayland-they came to play. That was their first win against us since 1988,” quoted Coach Robyn Gordon following the weekend play.
JBU now has a season record of 12-7 and 0-2 in Sooner Athletic Conference action. The Golden Eagles travel to Bolivar, Missouri for a match with Southwest Baptist University, Tuesday, September 23 before returning to Murray Sells Athletic Center for a home contest with College of the Ozarks on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm.