The Briar Cliff women’s volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season as No. 24 Morningside outlasted BC 3-2 in five sets. After winning its first 11 games of the season, the Chargers are now 11-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while the Mustangs improved to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC.
The game went back-and-forth with Morningside winning sets one, three and five by scores of 22-25, 24-26 and 10-15 and Briar Cliff took sets two and four by scores of 25-19 and 25-23. The Chargers outhit the Mustangs .136-.132 in the contest with BC having 58 kills and 31 errors on 198 attacks, compared to Morningside having 61 kills and 37 errors on 182 attacks. Morningside did hold advantages in assists (59-51), service aces (4-1), digs (99-75) and blocks (13-10).
Courtney Schafer powered the Charger offense with a match-high 21 kills but no other Chargers made it into double-digit kills with Kiaya Alderson having seven K’s and Emily Sanburg, Toni Beck and Melissa Ditter all had six kills. Delaney Meyer piled up 27 assists and Laura Barryadded 19. Four players had at least 10 digs in the matchup with Barry and Meyer both notching double-doubles with Barry having 12 digs to go with her 19 assists and Meyer had 10 digs and 27 assists. Breanne Hankins paced the squad in digs with 17 and Katie Berg chipped in 15. Alderson had a team-high six blocks, followed by Olivia Tomlin and Ditter with four each.
A trio of Mustangs had double figure kills with Emma Gerber leading the way with 15, trailed by Brittni Olson and Jenn Buyert with 12 apiece. Callie Alberico had 53 of the team’s 59 assists and Nikki Oberfoell recorded 31 digs.
Briar Cliff will be at home again on Friday night, hosting No. 9 Midland at 7:30 p.m.