Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 24, 2009) - The heat was on in Murray Sells on Thursday night as No. 17 Oklahoma Baptist came in touting a 15-3 record and 13 match win streak in NAIA competition. The Golden Eagles wouldn’t be phased, however, as they pushed the Bison to five and walked away with the 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 25-6, 23-25, 20-18) win to move to 14-2 overall and 2-0 in Sooner Athletic Conference play.
Kirsten Lee led JBU with 14 kills followed by Erin Didier and Amber Wilson with 13 and 10 respectively. Alyssa Hanson had 32 assists and Britney Kerns added 21.
“This was the 17th ranked team in the country,” said head coach Robyn Daugherty. “I am just so proud of the girls because they executed so well.”
Defensively, Shannon Proctor picked up 20 digs followed by Sarah Jordan and Didier with 12 each. As a team, JBU totaled 15 blocks, led by Christi Newton with nine block assists. Allie Ranked also added six blocks.
From the first serve both teams were geared up for the long haul. I tight first set had JBU pull away after tying things up 18-18.
In the second, OBU quickly showed why they were ranked 17th in the country. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead before a Lee kill gave JBU their first point of the set. But the Bison already had the momentum as they cruised to win.
JBU dominated the third set. The ladies went ahead 7-5 and then went on a 17-0 run led by 16 consecutive serves from Wilson. An error on her 17th attempt would give the Bison their sixth point of the set, but Lee finished it off with a kill to close things out.
JBU held a 14-11 lead midway through the fourth set, but the Bison regrouped and took a 15-14 lead after a several JBU errors and a pair of kills. With the score knotted at 22, OBU went ahead 24-22 after a kill and an ace before taking the set with a kill.
Both teams traded points early in the fifth, before JBU took a 9-6 lead after a kill by Newton and OBU attack error. OBU responded with a 4-0 run to take a 10-9 lead.
Down the stretch, JBU’s Rankin provided a late spark as she gave JBU a 16-15 lead after a solo block. After several kills by OBU’s Tamy Leipelt in response, Didier returned the favor to put the Golden Eagles ahead 19-18 before an attack error would give JBU the victory.
“Allie’s block was amazing,” added Daugherty. “I told the girls I wanted to cry because how well they played tonight.”
The ladies are off until Oct. 2 when they travel to Texas to take on Wayland Baptist on Friday and Lubbock Texas on Saturday, Oct. 3.