JBU VOLLEYBALL 2-2 IN IOWA

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 13, 2003) — The John Brown University women’s volleyball team started slowly but pulled things together to finish 2-2 this past weekend in the Graceland University Invitational Tournament. The Golden Eagles move to 10-4 on the season with the weekend results..

JBU opened up first against Lindenwood College losing a tough four set match 20-30, 30-21, 33-35, and 22-30. The team continued the slide in match two falling to Sioux Falls University in three games 27-30, 17-30, and 25-30. On Saturday JBU turned the tide winning their first match versus Peru State University in four sets 30-22, 30-26, 21-30, 30-23, then upsetting host Graceland University in an exciting five set match 27-30,24-30, 30-27, 30-26, 15-13.

“Friday was a rough day for us. We couldn’t get anything going and struggled in both matches. Saturday’s play was much improved. It was great to see us rally in the Graceland match. The team showed a lot of character during the comeback,” Stated Coach Robyn Gordon upon returning to Siloam Springs.

Meghann Wharton led the way for the Golden Eagles with 50 kills for the weekend, while Rachel Melby continued her good play with 102 assists. Melby also added 15 service aces. Defensively JBU was led by Christine Wells with 66 digs and Elisa Evans with 24 blocks.

“Meghann continued to dominate in the hitting categories. She averaged 3.13 kills a game and hit with a .281 efficiency. She was named Second Team All-Tournament this weekend. Freshman Rachel Melby really stepped up her level of play this weekend, tallying 15 aces in four matches. Christine Wells and Jairin Schrader continue to give us great backcourt play. The team averaged 19.5 digs a game and just over 3 blocks a game this weekend,” Gordon said about individual play. “We need to continue to work hard on defense and work on better consistency in our offense. We have a tough schedule ahead and need all our players to rise to the challenge.”

JBU opened up first against Lindenwood College losing a tough four set match 30-20, 21-30, 35-33, 30-22. The team continued the slide in match two falling to Sioux Falls University in three sets 30-27, 30-17, 30-25. On Saturday, JBU turned the tide winning their first match versus Peru State University in four sets 30-22, 30-26, 21-30, 30-23, then upsetting host Graceland University in an exciting five set match 27-30, 24-30, 30-27, 30-26, 15-13.

“Friday was a rough day for us. We couldn’t get anything going and struggled in both matches. Saturday’s play was much improved. It was great to see us rally in the Graceland match. The team showed a lot of character during the comeback.”

Meghann Wharton led the way for the Golden Eagles with 50 kills for the weekend, while Rachel Melby continued her good play with 102 assists. Melby also added 15 service aces. Defensively JBU was lead by Christine Wells with 66 digs and Elisa Evans with 24 blocks.

“Meghann continued to dominate in the hitting categories. She averaged 3.13 kills a game and hit with a .281 efficiency. She was named Second Team All-Tournament this weekend. Freshman Rachel Melby really stepped up her level of play this weekend, tallying 15 aces in four matches. Christine Wells and Jairin Schrader continue to give us great backcourt play. The team averaged 19.5 digs a game and just over 3 blocks a game this weekend.”

“We need to continue to work hard on defense and work on better consistency in our offense. We have a tough schedule ahead of us and need all our players to rise to the challenge.”