Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 25, 2003) - Saturday’s action in the Blue and Gold Invitational started off much better than Friday’s play for John Brown University as the Golden Eagles defeated William Jewell College 3-1. JBU dominated the first two games of the match with scores of 30-14 and 30-19 before allowing William Jewell to slip in for a 31-29 win. The final game had both teams leading at various points but JBU was able to pull ahead in the later stages for the 30-24 victory.
Offensively, senior Kemi Rogers with 15 kills and 2 service aces, freshmen Rachel Melby and Emily Yates with 24 assists each, and Christine Matchell with 2 service aces led the way for the Golden Eagles. On the defensive side, sophomore Elisa Evans had 5 blocks and sophomore Christine Wells collected 24 digs.
In JBU’s second game of the day, the Golden Eagles faced Evangel University and forced the match to 5 games before losing 2-3. Evangel won the first two games 30-21 and 30-21. JBU came back to capture the next two 30-23 and 32-30 before falling in the tiebreaker 7-15. Throughout the match, there were several great rallies with both teams fighting hard to win the point.
In the Evangel match, senior Jairin Schrader had 17 kills to lead the offensive effort along with Melby’s 32 assists and freshman Brittany Moon-Battung’s 4 service aces. Evans had another 5 blocks and both Schrader and Wells chalked up 21 digs to aid in the defensive effort.
Two other matches were contested on the 2nd Day of the Invitational with Evangel University besting Wayland Baptist University 3-1 with scores of 30-18, 30-27, 25-30 and 31-29. Lubbock Christian University defeated William Jewell College 3-0 by the scores of 30-19, 30-23 and 30-11.
Following the second day of play, Coach Robyn Gordon remarked, “the invitational was a huge success overall with some outstanding play both days. I am disappointed that our team was able to come away with only one win. We just didn’t have the intensity and consistency of play we needed to win. We are still trying to find the right combinations that will really click on the court.”
Following today’s split in matches, the Golden Eagles are 19-12 for the season.
JBU will travel to Branson, Missouri to compete against College of the Ozarks on October 28 in a 7 pm match.