Golden Eagles Drop Two, Fall to 17-10 Overall
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (October 6, 2012) — John Brown (17-10, 1-5 SAC) suffered two losses at Bill George Arena today, first falling to conference opponent Oklahoma City 3-2 (25-19, 16-25, 25-23, 22-25, 10-15) before suffering a sweep to the hands of No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-18).
The Golden Eagles continue to struggle finding consistency as JBU has now dropped eight of its last 10 games and are now just 5-3 in Siloam Springs.
John Brown used a six-point advantage to take the first set fairly easily by a 25-19 margin. Up 1-0, the visiting Stars started hot in the second set, building a quick 8-1 lead that JBU couldn't recover from.
The host squad would answer quickly, however, this time coming back from another early hole (6-2) when Erin McIlory's kill knotted the score at 19. A momentum-shifting pair of kills from Melissa Bakke delivered the third game to John Brown with a conference victory in sight.
Oklahoma City had other intentions, taking the fourth set by a slim margin of 25-22.
The fifth set started close (8-8), but OCU strung together a 7-2 to close out the match.
Senior Erin Didier turned in an impressive performance which included 17 kills and 17 digs in addition to a .318 attack percentage. Following that up was McIlroy who netted 10 digs.
Equaling Didier's team-high 17 digs was Becca Young while Kailey Bain and Aubrey Adams each posted over 20 assists.
After a few hours break where the Stars played its second-straight game, this time against No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene, the Golden Eagles took the court hoping to post its second win over a top-25 opponent.
The Pioneers came out with a scathing offense attack which resulted in an 11-point cushion. Again JBU held it close as the start of the set (7-6) but allowed the Pioneers to pull away with a 10-3 run to push the set out of reach.
MidAmerica flew out of the gates in the second set, posting a 7-2 run to put John Brown back on its heels. Kills by Libby Blasingame, Staci Williamson and Didier helped close the gap to 13-9, but the MNU offensive pressure was too much for the Golden Eagle defense to handle.
JBU looked strong in the third set, battling to a 10-10 tie before the Pioneers launched a 10-0 run, burying John Brown 25-18.
The MNU defense frustrated the Golden Eagles all evening as JBU was only able to manage a .083 attack percentage. John Brown totaled 41 errors in the match.
Not a single player was able to reach double-digit kills. The closest was Audrey Dearien's nine kills, followed up by Melissa Bakke's six. For a second-straight match, Didier paced JBU in digs with 12.
John Brown will hit the court next on Wednesday (Oct. 10) when it welcomes Oklahoma Wesleyan to Bill George Arena for a 7:00 p.m. first serve. JBU defeated the Eagles 3-0 back on Sept. 28.