Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 2, 2006) - As Pittsburg State’s last opponent on an Arkansas road trip—and their third in 24 hours—the John Brown Golden Eagles hoped to take advantage and sneak away with a victory Saturday night in Siloam Springs. That was not to be, however, as the Gorillas overpowered the Golden Eagles 30-14, 30-27, 21-30, 30-23.
The Golden Eagles, attempting to replace two graduated starters from last season’s lineup, showed their inexperience in the first game, never threatening the Gorillas from the start. John Brown (0-5) played much more consistently in the second game, but was still hampered by mistakes. In the Golden Eagles’ third-game victory, John Brown kept Pittsburg State (6-2) off-balance, took an early lead, and dominated the rest of the game. That promising trend continued into the fourth game, and it looked as if John Brown might launch a serious rally. But the NCAA Division II Gorillas staved off a couple of runs by the home team and finished strongly to secure the victory.
John Brown head coach Robyn Gordon said after the game, “We stayed with them after the first game, but they had more weapons than we did. They [Pittsburg State] are a top-notch team.” The Gorillas defeated nationally-prominent Harding Saturday morning in Searcy, Ark., and beat Ouachita Baptist Friday night before heading to Siloam Springs.
Sophomore Laurae Marty led John Brown in scoring with 10 kills, and she was followed closely by freshman Nicole Schmidt with 9. Senior Juliana Todescan recorded 38 assists and 11 digs, and fellow senior Summer Cox had 2 aces.
Pittsburg State was led by Pamela Cartagena’s 16 kills. Sarah Brannock had 35 assists; Ashlee Maple posted 19 digs; and Klaudia Grelowska scored an impressive 9 aces.
John Brown’s next match is in Siloam Springs Tuesday night at 7:00 against Ouachita Baptist.