Briar Cliff volleyball defeated the host team in straight sets on day one of the Johnson & Wales Tournament in Denver, Colo. after dropping a match early on Friday.
The Cliff was led by Grace Whitlaw‘s match-high 10 kills and an attack percentage of .353 in the nightcap to win 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-21). Noel Phillips had the next highest kill total with seven in the contest. The Chargers tallied 34 kills with 17 errors in the match, while the Wildcats totaled 31 kills with 22 errors.
Keelan Nelson was the primary distributor for BC with 14 assists to go along with five digs. Maureen Imrie wasn’t far behind with 13 assists. Harlee Wagoner was productive with a team-high nine digs and three aces.
Johnson & Wales’ Jacquelyn Ortiz led all players with 15 assists, while Kaitlin Jones and Brooke Paxton each had 10 digs. Paxton led all Wildcats with nine kills as the host team dropped to 0-6 on the year.
The Chargers dropped the first match of the event to the NCAA Div. III’s 12th-ranked Pacific Lutheran University. The Lutes (6-0) took down the blue and gold in straight sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-21). Caylie Shiramizu was a force on defense with 21 digs, while Isabella Zubrod led all players in kills and assists with eight and 20 respectively.
Briar Cliff had a variety of players step up defensively as three players recorded double-digit dig totals. Danielle Coronado finished with 13 digs, Brooklyn Tolliver had 11 and Delaney Meyer had 12 digs and a team-high 11 assists in the contest. Courtney Schafer was the biggest offensive spark with seven kills and an attack percentage of .316.
The Chargers (4-3) continue play in Denver on Saturday as the Cliff takes on Pacific University at 1 p.m. and George Fox at 3 p.m. Matches can be viewed here via Johnson & Wales’ livestream.