John Brown University Volleyball Classic

Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 30, 2003) - After winning two matches in the first day of the JBU Classic, the Golden Eagles came back in the opening round of the second day to best Dillard University of New Orleans 3-1 with scores of 30-18, 30-22, 31-33 and 30-21. Although JBU rallied from an 11-1 deficit in the third game to even the score at 20-20, Dillard pulled ahead in the late stages of the game to take the win.

Leading the Golden Eagle offensive attack were senior Christine Matchell with 16 kills and freshman Rachel Melby with 31 assists. Seniors Kemi Rogers and Jairin Schrader contributed 3 service aces each adding to the offensive effort. Defensively, junior Meghann Wharton with 11 blocks and sophomore Christine Wells with 29 digs kept the Dillard team off-balance enabling the offense to control the games.

JBU’s 4th match of the Annual JBU Classic turned into their first defeat of the season as Union University bested the Golden Eagles in three straight with scores of 30-22, 30-24 and 30-23. 7 kills each from sophomore Elisa Evans, Wharton, and Matchell topped the offensive effort of JBU. Schrader and junior Helen Gross had 3 services aces each and Melby once again led the assists with 21. On the defensive side, Wharton and sophomore Elisa Evans with 5 blocks each and Wells with 11 digs were the Golden Eagle leaders.

In other Saturday action at the JBU Classic Union University won their third straight match defeating Oklahoma Wesleyan University in four games 30-20, 28-30, 30-20 and 30-21. College of the Ozarks won their first match of the classic when they defeated Dillard 30-14, 30-23 and 30-21 and then went on to win their second match of the day defeating Oklahoma Wesleyan 3-1 by the scores of 30-27, 23-30, 30-23 and 30-23. For the classic, Union University had 4 wins against no losses, John Brown University was 3-1, College of the Ozarks was 2-2, Dillard University went 1-3 and Oklahoma Wesleyan was 0-4.

JBU coach Robyn Gordon stated, “I am pleased with the success of the classic. There was some good early season volleyball played. Our team played well throughout the two days even with the defeat by Union. It is good for mid and late season play for us to get some good competition early. I was happy to see our upperclassman play so well, but also delighted that our freshmen had a good start to the season.”

John Brown University will travel to Branson, Mo next weekend to compete in the College of the Ozarks Tournament. The next home match for the Golden Eagles is September when Bacone College comes to Siloam Springs for a 7 pm contest.

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