The Briar Cliff women’s volleyball team opened its season at the Red Raider Classic in Orange City, Iowa and the Chargers posted an impressive 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-9) sweep of the Trojans of Dakota State in their opening match. The Cliff faced Waldorf in its second game of the day and posted another 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-9) sweep. The Chargers are now 2-0 after their first two matches of the year.
Briar Cliff dominated the game against Dakota State with the Chargers outhitting the Trojans .337 to -.020. The Cliff piled up 42 kills on 98 attacks, while committing only nine errors. Comparatively, Dakota State had 22 kills and 24 errors on 98 attacks. The Chargers also held massive advantages in blocks (13-4) and service aces (7-0). BCU created a 44-32 edge in digs and piled up 41 assists while DSU had 21 helpers.
Six Chargers notched at least five kills in the match with Keely Woods pacing the team with 10 K’s. Toni Beck and Melissa Ditter both added eight kills, Courtney Schafer terminated the ball six times and Olivia Tomlin and Emily Sanburg both had five kills. Delaney Meyer and Laura Barry shared the setting duties for the Chargers with Meyer edging Barry 20-19 in assists. Breanne Hankins had 12 digs in the contest, followed by Meyer with seven and Katie Berg with five. Sanburg anchored the net defense for BCU with seven blocks and Woods and Schafer both added four blocks.
In game two, the Chargers dismantled the Warriors at the net. Briar Cliff earned a hitting percentage of .346 with 39 kills and 11 errors on 81 attacks, while Waldorf was held to a hitting percentage of .012 with 21 kills and 20 errors off 81 attempts. The Chargers won the statistical categories of assists (39-20), digs (33-21) and service aces (8-2). Both Briar Cliff and Waldorf created three blocks.
Beck and Schafer led the Blue and Gold with 10 kills apiece, trailed by Ditter with nine K’s and Woods with five. Both Barry and Meyer quarterbacked the offense, piling up 20 assists and 17 helpers, respectively. Hankins was the best defender with nine digs, followed by Berg with six. Sanburg and Schafer each had two blocks, while Meyer and Barry both created two service aces in the contest.
Briar Cliff will be in action Saturday on day two of the Red Raider Classic, facing Mayville State at 9 a.m. and No. 18 MidAmerica Nazarene at 3 p.m.