Ball Control Dooms JBU in 3-2 Defeat at MACU

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (October 4, 2012) — The Golden Eagles volleyball squad suffered its sixth setback in eight games as the host Evangels (13-7, 2-4 SAC) took advantage of poor John Brown ball control, handing JBU a 3-2 (17-25, 28-26, 25-23, 18-25, 13-15) loss.

Despite featuring four players with double-digit kills, the Blue and Gold committed six ball handling errors in addition to its 23 attack errors.

"Our offense did its job tonight," admitted head coach Stacie Johnson of her team's .245 attack percentage. "We made too many ball control errors. Blocking, serving, receiving, setting and serving were all off for us tonight. We didn't defend their aggressive setter well.

"We have trouble improving parts of our game without letting up in another area. We'll get back to practice tomorrow and prepare for Saturday's tri-match."

The Golden Eagles (17-8, 1-4 SAC) handed away 15 points tonight as Mid-America Christian was able to pick up seven service aces. Combined with eight service errors, JBU had a difficult time returning the ball over the net.

After falling in the first set convincingly, John Brown battled back to win the next two, including a wild 28-26 second set victory. However, it was the Evangels that did itself in as the host squad, with a 26-25 lead, committed three errors to hand JBU the victory.

With a victory in sight, MACU pulled even again when it scored a 25-18 fourth set win. The Evangels bolted out to an 8-2 lead, an advantage it wouldn't relinquish, setting up a fifth and final set.

With the fifth game knotted at eight, Mid-America would piece together a 5-2 run, setting itself up for the victory. After Johnson's timeout, the visitors were able to pull within 14-12 before the Evangels closed out the match on a Becca Anderson kill.

Junior Staci Williamson led the charge on offense, tallying 14 digs to accompany her eight digs. Audrey Dearien added 13 kills while Erin Didier and Erin McIlory each notched 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

Becca Young turned in a team-high 12 digs. Kailey Bain posted 33 assists.

John Brown will return to the court on Saturday (Oct. 6) when it hosts a tri-match, welcoming Oklahoma City and MidAmerica Nazarene to Bill George Arena as part of the Homecoming festivities. The Golden Eagles will play the Stars at 11:00 a.m. before finishing the day with a 4:00 p.m. tilt with the Pioneers.