Offensive Struggles Persist, Volleyball Swept at No. 11 Oklahoma Baptist
SHAWNEE, Okla. (September 27, 2012) — Oklahoma Baptist kept JBU off its offensive game tonight as the host Bison downed the Golden Eagles (16-7) in straight sets, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-22) tonight in Shawnee.
The loss continues John Brown's season-high losing streak which is currently at four matches.
OBU (19-3) had three players with double-digit kills while John Brown's Libby Blasingame was the only to eclipse that plateau. She finished with 10.
"I feel like we have become stronger as a team," Blasingame said of her squad's difficult practice regiment. "OBU is a good team. They are very scrappy and hustle after every ball. We had some great moments tonight and our defense has improved immensely.
"We just need to constantly remember to take the court with purpose, especially for a game against a team like OBU. It's tough losing a conference game, but I believe this will make us work even harder and realize that we can't do anything without God. We will continue to fight and get stronger this season."
Down 6-2 early in the first set, the Golden Eagles began to build momentum when Erin McIlroy's kill, followed up a service ace, closed the gap to two. Later JBU battled back to a 12-10 score after a Bison attack error and a Becca Young ace helped the visitors keep pace.
Oklahoma Baptist would respond with a 9-4 run that was fueled by multiple attack errors. The Blue and Gold hitting game was clearly off as it recorded four during that stretch.
John Brown couldn't recover falling 25-18.
The second set featured the high-powered OBU offense as the Bison jetted out to an 11-4 lead and never allowed the Golden Eagles to close the gap. Sporting an 11-point advantage, 11th-ranked Oklahoma Baptist closed out the set, 25-14.
Determined to give everything it had, JBU battled hard in the final set. Despite finding itself in a 17-12 hole, a pair of aces from Staci Williamson and two Melissa Bakke kills sparked an 8-3 John Brown run, knotting the third set at 20.
Errors would again doom the Golden Eagles as it dropped the final set, 25-22.
"The ladies worked really hard tonight," head coach Stacie Johnson said. "Our defense played great but our hitters just weren't able to connect."
John Brown committed 35 errors throughout the contest, compared to only 31 Bison infractions.
McIlroy netted six kills, followed by five from Audrey Dearien. Aubrey Adams posted 14 assists while Becca Young's 14 digs finished as a team high.
John Brown now faces St. Gregory's (9-6) on Saturday (Sept. 29) as it looks to pick up win No. 17 on the season. First serve is slated for 1:00 p.m.