Golden Eagles Are 15-1

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 19, 2004) — The JBU Golden Eagles won three out of their four matches this weekend at the Bronco Premier in Hastings, Nebraska. They lost their first match of the season to Hastings College in four games (30-25, 24-30, 20-30, 23-30). Hastings played well, controlling the match with consistency and aggressiveness. Team leaders included Junior Elisa Evans with 13 kills, Junior Christine Wells with 20 digs, Senior Meghann Wharton with 5 blocks, and Sophomore Juliana Todescan with 47 assists. JBU recovered from their disappointing loss and went on to win their next three matches in three games. They defeated University of St. Mary (30-22, 30-13, 30-17), St. Xavier University (30-16, 30-16, 30-15), and William Woods University (30-22, 30-9, 30-19). After the tournament, Head Coach Robyn Gordon said, “We were definitely disappointed in our loss to Hastings College. They are a good team, but we did not play well and we let them take control of the match in the second game. We struggled with our hitting and serve receive and were never able to recover. It was good to see us rebound and dominate our other three opponents. Overall it was a good experience to take a long road trip, get in late and have to be ready to play. We have two more weeks on the road with 6 matches this weekend in Texas and then 4 matches the next weekend in St. Louis. If we stay focused, we can go into fall break feeling pretty successful about our first half of the season." Two Golden Eagles received All-Tournament Honors for their outstanding play over the weekend. Senior Helen Gross recorded 42 kills while hitting .344, had 6 blocks and 4 aces; Junior Elisa Evans had 25 kills, .316 hitting efficiency, and 9 blocks. Other team leaders for the weekend included Senior Meghann Wharton with 34 kills, 13 blocks, 13 digs; Christine Wells with 53 digs and 96% serve receive; Juliana Todescan with 143 assists and 12 aces. The team totaled 185 kills, .264 hitting efficiency, 2.75 aces per game, and 90% serving.