Netters lose to Crimson Storm

Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 6, 2009) — The JBU women’s volleyball team gave up a 3-1 (28-26, 23-25, 21-25, 19-25) decision to Southern Nazarene (Okla.) on Tuesday night during the Second Annual Dig Pink Game. The loss drops JBU to 15-4 overall and 3-2 in the SAC.

Erin Didier paced the Golden Eagles with 18 kills, and Kirsten Lee had 17. Britney Kerns picked up 24 assists followed by Alyssa Hanson with 18. Proctor had two aces. As a team, JBU had a hitting efficiency of .187%.

Defensively, Proctor picked up 23 digs while Sarah Jordan and Hanson had 11 each. Amber Wilson totaled four block assists.

In the first set, JBU fell behind 11-17 before several SNU errors and a set of Didier kills made it 15-17 SNU. Later in the set, SNU (15-6, 4-2) made a run to go ahead 24-18 before Lee completed a 6-0 run with a kill to tie things up at 24. After trading points over the next few rallies, a Didier kill and Proctor ace closed out the set for JBU.

The second set saw both team trade blows before JBU pulled away to a 16-11 lead capped off by a kill from Lee. SNU called timeout and regrouped and came out to force several attack errors and tie things up at 18. JBU responded to take the 20-18 lead on a pair of kills from Didier and Wilson. But the Golden Eagles continued making mistakes, which allowed SNU to claim a 23-21 lead before closing out the set after attack errors from Allie Rankin and Christi Newton.

JBU never held a lead in the third set and had to play from behind the entire way. But a kill by Didier late in the set helped JBU pull within one, 20-21. Four of the last five points were in favor of SNU giving them the 2-1 advantage heading into the fourth set.

SNU came out strong in the fourth and jumped out to a 13-8 lead after seesawing early. After a kill by Lee on the next rally, SNU went on a 5-0 run with Morgan Loewen picking up three kills along the way. JBU tried to make a late push but the gap was too wide as Loewen closed out the match with a final kill handing JBU their second conference loss.

“We have to regroup and fix some things,” said head volleyball coach Robyn Daugherty after the loss. “We have Oklahoma City on the road on Thursday so we have some work to do.”

SNU had four players with double digits kills including Loewen (18), Leslie Riepl (15), Taryn Steele (12), and Ellen Martin (10). SNU hit .229% for the match.

JBU will take on Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. on Thursday at OCU.