John Brown Posts 20th Victory in 3-1 Defeat of St. Gregory's
SHAWNEE, Okla. (October 30, 2012) — The Golden Eagles received a pair of nine-kill efforts by Audrey Dearien and Erin McIlroy as it handed St. Gregory's (Okla.) a 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 25-20) defeat tonight in conference play.
John Brown now stands at 20-14 overall and 2-8 in Sooner Athletic Conference play. With the win, JBU leapfrogs the Cavaliers and Mid-America Christian (Okla.) to take sole possession of fifth place in the conference.
"We ran three different lineups this evening and were still able to pull out the win," said head coach Stacie Johnson of her team's efforts. "The ladies fought through adversity and communicated extremely well.
"Aubrey (Adams) played an incredible match this evening. She stepped up her game when we needed her and it was a delight to watch the ladies excel in a team effort."
Adams, usually splitting time with Kailey Bain in a six-two rotation, was called upon as Bain suffered an apparent hamstring pull in the second set. Adams finished with a match-high 29 assists in addition to posting 12 digs on the defensive side of the net.
Both teams were knotted at 16 in the first set before a 9-2 John Brown rally finished the Cavaliers quickly, handing the Golden Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
SGU wouldn't back down quietly, however, as the host squad came storming back with a commanding 25-14 second set victory as JBU fought to overcome the loss of Bain.
Finding some composure and offensive rhythm, the Golden Eagles used runs of 7-3 and 6-2 in the third and fourth set, respectively, to finally knock off St. Gregory's.
Both teams finished the evening with eight blocks, but it was the John Brown defensive effort that highlighted tonight's victory as the Golden Eagles limited the Cavaliers to a .083 hitting percentage as no SGU player was able to eclipse six kills.
Becca Young had a team-high 24 digs. John Brown recorded an impressive six services aces throughout the match.
JBU will return to the court on Friday (Nov. 2) in its final home game of the 2012 season against Mid-America Christian. The match will prove vital for postseason seeding purposes as the Golden Eagles look to move up the standings with only two games remaining. The match is set for a 6:00 p.m. first serve.