Golden Eagles Drop Two, Fall to 17-10 Overall

Erin McIlroy (17) completes one of her three kills against No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene

Erin McIlroy (17) completes one of her three kills against No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene

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.

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Erin McIlroy (17) completes one of her three kills against No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene

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Erin McIlroy (17) completes one of her three kills against No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene