JBU Rebounds with 3-1 Non-Conference Win Over Oklahoma Wesleyan
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (October 10, 2012) — The Golden Eagles used a .338 attack percentage to make quick work of the visiting Eagles from Oklahoma Wesleyan tonight, winning 3-1 in front of a raucous crowd at Bill George Arena.
JBU came out swinging right away, knocking down 16 kills in 27 attempts to take the first set easily, 25-15. The Golden Eagles built a 10-point advantage that it would never relinquish. Three kills by Libby Blasingame gave John Brown all the offense it would need.
The Eagle came soaring back in the second frame, however, rallying from a 22-20 deficit by taking set two, 26-24.
The host squad rebounded nicely to take the third set 25-17 after jumping ahead early, 14-9. It was again the impressive hitting by Blasingame and Bakke that ignited the JBU offense.
With Staci Williamson serving, the Golden Eagles took advantage of four Oklahoma Wesleyan errors and a kill from Williamson herself to pull away for good, 20-11.
After some late-game comeback attempts by the Eagles, John Brown took advantage of yet another OKWU error to come one step close to finishing the match.
Off the heels of an impressive set by Erin McIlroy, JBU leaped out to a 18-10 lead before the Eagles pieced together a 5-1 run to make things interesting. A Williamson kill would finally close out the match.
The Golden Eagles sported four players in double-digit kills, led by McIlroy and Bakke who each posted 13. Erin Didier's 11 kills in addition to Blasingame's 10 rounded out the quartet. Becca Young turned in an outstanding performance on the defensive end, recording 20 digs while Williamson added 15.
The play of Blasingame and McIlroy could not go unnoticed as the pair notched 11 block assists, six and five, respectively.
With the win, JBU now ups its record to 18-10 (1-5 SAC) and will take a nine-day hiatus until it returns to the court next Friday (Oct. 19) when the Wayland Baptist (Texas) Flying Queens make its way to Siloam Springs for a 7:00 p.m. first serve.