Truman Defeats Jewell on Jasmine Brown's Senior Day
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - The Truman State University volleyball team turned to Jasmine Brown on her Senior Day on Saturday and the 5-10 outside hitter came through with a performance we've grown accustomed to seeing from the right-hander. Brown and the Bulldogs defeated William Jewell in four sets with scores of 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, and 27-25.
Truman (15-13, 7-8 GLVC) has won eight of its last 10 matches while William Jewell (10-19, 4-12 GLVC) has dropped three in a row and four of its last five. Drury was swept by Rockhurst in Springfield, Mo., so the Bulldogs took over sole possession of second place in the West Division with three matches to go in the regular season. For the GLVC Tournament, the three division winners plus five wild cards will make up the field of eight.
Back to Brown, the Houston, Texas native sent home 17 kills with just two errors on 36 total attempts for a red-hot hitting percentage of .417. Those 17 kills are the most since she had 22 vs. McKendree on Sept. 23 (14 matches ago). As for the .417 hitting percentage, that marks the first time this year that Brown has hit at least .400 with 10 or more kills and she hadn't done so since Nov. 12 of last season at Rockhurst (19 kills, .425). Natalie Brimeyer also had double-figure kills with 10 and a .304 clip through the air while Savvy Hughes aided the attack with 46 assists.
Defensively, a trio of Bulldogs had 10+ digs including Lauren Wacker (22), Brown (14) and Hughes (11). For Brown and Hughes, that equals 13 and 14 double-doubles, respectively, in 2017. Above the net, Brimeyer was the ringleader with six blocks, all of which were assisted, while Emma Berthold had one solo stuff next to her name.
How it happened...
There were seven ties through the first 18 points scored of the first set before Truman scored three in a row to go up 12-9.
That lead came in the midst of an 8-2 run for the Bulldogs that put them up six, 17-11.
After that, the home team never led by less than five (17-12, 20-15 and 21-16) with a lead as big as eight (20-12, 24-16 and 25-17).
In the second set, Jewell led by three, 5-2, before Truman mounted a comeback thanks to its 6-0 spurt and was ahead by four, 10-6.
After that, the Cardinals were never closer than three (10-7) and the Bulldogs won the set by eight again, 25-17.
The third set was all about runs, even more than usual, but the visitors won it to cut the match score to 2-1.
In the fourth, the home team led by six early, 10-4, before an advantage of seven at 15-8.
After a Jewell timeout, the Cardinals battled to within four, 20-16, and that 36th point was part of a 6-0 run for the away team.
That spurt gave Jewell a 21-20 lead and five more ties followed that.
Truman ended the set by scoring the final three points and taking the match in four periods.
Next up, the Bulldogs will host Drury on Tuesday with first serve set for 7 p.m. inside Pershing Arena.