Volleyball sees improvement on day two of Classic

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 1, 2007) — Day two of the Fall Classic saw the John Brown University volleyball team come out with a desire to win. The women played two hard fought matches but overcame adversity bringing their record to 2-2 in this early 2007 season.

The Golden Eagles faced Brenau (Ga.) in their first match of the day. Brenau, who also entered day two winless, would challenge John Brown early, but JBU would put them away 30-23, 30-20, 30-11.

With no seniors on this year’s team, junior Laurae Marty and Aubrey Junker stepped up and provided leadership for the young Golden Eagle squad.

“We got progressively better throughout the entire weekend,” said Marty. “We just want to strive to keep getting better through the wins and losses.” Marty’s 10 kills and Junker’s 15 digs were team highs in both categories.

In their second match, John Brown would face a Lambuth team looking for revenge after losing a tough fought match earlier in the day to Lyon (Ark.) 3-2. Lambuth would strike first claiming game one 30-25. However, John Brown would regroup and take the second game 30-22. JBU would lose momentum in the third game and let Lambuth take the win 30-23. In the fourth, JBU would find their intensity and take the game 30-12. They would carry that momentum into the fifth game and win effortlessly 15-5.

Once again Marty led the way totaling 16 kills and four blocks. Sophomore Britney Kerns totaled 24 assists, and Shannon Proctor had 22 digs.

Junker, who also had huge contributions in the match with 10 kills and 13 digs, was very satisfied with the way her team played today.

“Yesterday was a learning day for us,” said Junker. “But today we were able to come out and really play strong.”

John Brown will spend the next few days preparing for the Baker University Tournament in Baldwin City, Kan. on Sept. 7-8. The team will compete against Avila (Mo.) and Baker (Kan.) on Friday at 3 and 7 p.m. respectively and Benedictine College (Kan.) and William Jewell (Mo.) on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.