The Briar Cliff women’s volleyball team was in Orange City, Iowa on Friday to begin the 2018 season at the Red Raider Classic. The Chargers went 1-1 on the day with a 3-0 sweep of John Brown University before falling later in the day 3-1 to No. 9 Grand View.
The opening game was a stellar performance by BC as they dominated John Brown in the sweep by set scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-20. The Chargers hit .250 in the contest with 39 kills and only 15 errors on 96 attacks, compared to the Golden Eagles hitting .083 with 30 kills and 22 errors on 96 attacks. The Cliff also held advantages in digs (44-42) and blocks (8.0-2.0), while John Brown had a 3-2 edge in service aces.
Analyse Stapleton was the leader in kills for the Blue & Gold with 10, followed by Courtney Schafer with eight and Noel Phillips and Victoria Gonzalez both added six K’s. Delaney Meyer handed out a team-high 17 assists and Maureen Imrie added 12 helpers. Danielle Coronado paced the squad in digs with 11 and Cassie Clark was next with nine digs. Grace Whitlaw was a force at the net for the Chargers with six blocks.
In game two, the Cliff gave No. 9 Grand View all it could handle in the first two sets with the Vikings edge the Chargers 28-26 in set one before BC took set two 27-25. Grand View then pulled away for the 3-1 victory with set wins of 25-9 and 25-19 in sets three and four. The Vikings hit .209 in the matchup with 52 kills and 34 errors on 134 attacks and the Chargers hit .074 with 39 kills and 30 errors on 121 attacks. Grand View also had advantages in assists (42-35), aces (7-2) and blocks (12.0-8.0), while BC had the edge in digs (58-52).
Stapleton was again the leader in kills with 11 and Gonzalez was right behind her with 10. Schafer added six kills and Grace Hanno chipped in five K’s. Meyer dished out 21 more assists and Imrie added to her total on the day as well with 13 assists. Coronado contributed 18 more digs and Meyer had a double-double with 10 digs to go with the 21 assists. Whitlaw was again the team leader in blocks with five.
Briar Cliff will be back in action at the Red Raider Classic on Saturday with a 9 a.m. match again Presentation and a 1 p.m. opening serve against Waldorf.