The Briar Cliff women’s volleyball team took care of business at the Newman Flanagan Center Tuesday night with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-20) win over Dakota Wesleyan.
The victory improved the Chargers win streak over the Tigers to 22, with the last DWU victory coming in 2004. Briar Cliff moved to 7-3 on the season and 1-1 in the GPAC, while Dakota Wesleyan fell to 10-3 overall with a conference record of 0-2.
“We knew going in that DWU was going to be scrappy and make us work for every point,” said BC head coach Trevor Schirman. “We had to serve tough, which we did, and then score on the opportunities that we created.”
Briar Cliff tallied seven service aces as a team, led by Maureen Imrie with three. Imrie was active on the court all night as she also accumulated 15 assists and four digs.
The assist leader for the blue and gold was Delaney Meyer with 25. Meyer also had 10 digs, one shy of the team-high mark of 11 from Danielle Coronado. Dakota Wesleyan’s Sara Herman led all players in digs with 19.
“We live and die by our first contact and tonight our passers delivered,” Schirman said. “If we can do that, we can play with anyone.”
Courtney Schafer tied for the top kill total in the match with 19, matched by Dakota Wesleyan’s Rebecca Frick. Schafer was much more efficient, however, with an attack percentage of .567 compared to Frick’s .264.
Other Charger attackers to finish with double-digit kill marks included Victoria Gonzalez with 11 and Analyse Stapleton with 10. Grace Whitlaw recorded eight kills, Olivia Tomlin had six and Grace Hanno finished with four.
Dakota Wesleyan’s defense had seven blocks in the contest compared to four by the Cliff. Whitlaw had two solo blocks and one block assist for the Chargers.
Briar Cliff’s next match is Thursday night at Jamestown. The Jimmies are receiving votes in the NAIA coaches poll with an 8-2 record (1-1 GPAC).