Hitting Woes Plague Golden Eagles in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas (September 21, 2012) — The John Brown volleyball squad suffered its first back-to-back losses of the 2012 season today as Lubbock Christian (Texas), receiving votes in the NAIA poll, swept past the Golden Eagles, 3-0 (25-12, 26-24, 25-20), before JBU was downed in a non-conference matchup with Our Lady of the Lakes, 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 22-25, 19-25).

With the pair of losses, John Brown now falls to 16-5 on the season and 0-1 in Sooner Athletic Conference play.

"We just didn't show up today," assistant coach Heather Witham admitted. "Our defense didn't pick up hits across the court, our hitting was off and we acted afraid on defense. We need to learn from our mistakes tonight and refocus on Wayland Baptist tomorrow.

"We need to fix our issues before we prepare for Wayland. I think facing this adversity will make the ladies mentally tougher down the stretch."

In the first set, the Golden Eagles committed an unprecedented nine attack errors, leading to the Lubbock run-away set win. JBU's hitting was regrettable as the visitors posted a -.034 hitting percentage.

The second set came down to the wire as kills from Erin McIlory and Erin Didier tied the game at 24. Despite its efforts, John Brown lost the next two points, including the game-winner that was the result of an Audrey Dearien attack error.

The Chaparrals (12-4, 1-0 SAC) pulled away late in the final set despite a slim 19-18 advantage. LCU outscored the Blue and Gold 6-2 down the stretch to close the match.

Dearien led the way for John Brown with seven kills in addition to Didier's six. Aubrey Adams and Didier combined for 20 kills (10 apiece) while Kailey Bain notched 14 assists.

In the second game of the afternoon, the Golden Eagles looked for a quick rebound, but were unable to find it against Our Lady of the Lake (Texas).

The first set featured 16 lead changes as both teams hung neck-and-neck down to the waning moments. Tied at 23, OLLU gained the upper hand with a kill, setting up set point. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, Courtney Marshall's attack error handed the Saints an early 1-0 advantage.

John Brown found itself in a quick 4-1 hole in the second set before storming back in a big way, securing nine of the next 11 points to take a 10-6 lead. The JBU defense held Our Lady to a .108 attack percentage as the Blue and Gold ran away with game two, 25-19.

The Saints led early and held on for the majority of game three before a tied score late in game four (16-16) was broken by a 9-3 run by OLLU, fueled by JBU attack errors.

John Brown will now look to correct its mistakes in time for a match with Wayland Baptist (Texas) (5-9, 0-1 SAC) tomorrow morning (Sept. 22) at 11:00 a.m.