Dearien's 32 Kills Lead John Brown to Sweep, 3-1 Tournament Record
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. (September 8, 2012) - Despite a disappointing loss to Graceland (Iowa) yesterday, JBU's killer tandem of Erin Didier and Audrey Dearien continue to put the Golden Eagles in the win column.
Today the two combined for 63 kills which led to defeats of host Baker (Kan.) and Friends (Kan.) in the second day of the Wildcat Invitational.
In its first match of the day, John Brown was taken down to the wire in two games, but ultimately defeated the host Wildcats 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 27-25, 25-19).
In what seems to be customary JBU fashion, the Golden Eagles fell in the first game 25-19. However, also in typical fashion, the ladies rebounded to take the next three sets, two of which went into extra points, both of which found John Brown on top.
"Our passing was great which made us able to run our offense efficiently," said head coach Stacie Johnson. "I'm thankful our defense keeps improving. I don't expect us to come away from this tournament with high hitting percentages like we have seen because the competition here is so much stronger.
"The ladies showed up to compete and won the long rallies. We also continued to put up an incredible block which continued to fuel our momentum."
Johnson's assertion was correct as John Brown only hit .189 percent on the match, significantly lower than its season average of .272 percent.
Dearien recorded 22 kills and 19 digs, only to be outdone by Becca Young's 23 digs on the defensive side of the net. Didier handed in 16 kills and 15 digs while the twin towers of Erin McIlroy and Libby Blasingame each posted solo blocks. Blasingame also had an assist in seven other JBU stuffs.
Looking to finish the tournament strong, John Brown made quick work of Friends (Kan.) in sweeping fashion, downing the Falcons, 3-0 (25-15,27-25,25-14).
The Blue and Gold returned to its efficient hitting, posting a .294 attack percentage, mostly off the swings of Didier (15 kills) and Dearien (12 kills). Blasingame also joined the double-digit kill group as the freshman middle blocker added 10.
Young again paced JBU on defense with 15 kills while Aubrey Adams and Kailey Bain each notched 17 assists. Staci Williamson added 10.
With its 3-1 tournament record sealed, John Brown (11-2) will now prepare for its home debut on Monday (Sept. 10) when it hosts Texas Wesleyan and College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in a tri-match at Bill George Arena.
The Golden Eagles will begin the slate of games at 3:00 p.m. before finishing the evening at 8:00 p.m.