John Brown University Readies for Volleyball Action

Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 22, 2003) — After a very successful campaign during the 2002 season, the JBU volleyball squad is set to continue with the same success this fall. With the return of 8 lettermen, this year’s team will have more depth than JBU teams in recent years. The depth, coupled with the playing experience of those 8 lettermen, will make it difficult for Golden Eagle opponents to enter the win column. With 32 wins last season and only 10 losses, the 2003 squad is preparing to better that win-loss record. Although graduation took JBU’s all-time leading setter, Michelle Manes, the Golden Eagles will still have a potent offensive attack with senior Kemi Rogers and junior Meghann Wharton who recorded 460 and 439 kills respectively last year. In addition to Rogers and Wharton, sophomore Christine Wells, who led the team in service aces last season, returns adding to the offensive effort. Seniors Jairin Schrader and Christine Matchell have been solid performers the past three years and are counted on to provide leadership. Jairin was second in number of digs last year and is second on the career dig chart.

Newcomers Brittany Moon-Battung, Rachel Melby, Summer Cox and Emily Yates are expected to advance quickly as freshmen and make some major contributions as the season progresses.

JBU has been ranked fourth in NAIA Region VI pre season polls behind perennial volleyball powers Houston Baptist and Lubbock Christian. “With these teams on our schedule and in our region, we look forward to the challenge to move to their level of play. Our gals are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to compete against such quality teams,” states Robyn Gordon, head volleyball coach. With a career record of 277-205, Gordon believes this year’s squad has the ability and determination to equal or exceed the most wins ever for a JBU squad.