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Briar Cliff loses at Dakota State | KTIC Radio

Briar Cliff loses at Dakota State

Briar Cliff loses at Dakota State

The Briar Cliff women’s volleyball team went into Tuesday night’s nonconference match with Dakota State in search of its first win this month, but failed in that task and fell 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 25-13) to the Trojans, extending its losing skid to seven games.

Neither side played particularly well in the first set, as the Cliff was held to a -.029 swinging percentage and Dakota State hit .023. A total of 29 errors were committed in the first set between both teams. BC only led by winning the first point in set one, and despite trailing by only a few points throughout the game, could not regain the lead.

Set two did go in favor of the Cliff. Victoria Gonzalez recorded four of her 10 kills in the set en route to the 25-20 win. BC went on two 4-0 runs in the set to help them to the win. The third set was close as well until Dakota State made a 7-3 run to end the game. The Cliff struggled in set four, falling 25-13 to close out the match.

“We played right with Dakota State in sets one and two tonight but struggled with the momentum swing in set three,” said head coach Lindsey Weatherford. “We blocked well tonight and it was nice to see us getting back to those defensive fundamentals.”

Two players from each squad reached a match-high 10 kills, with Noel Phillips and Victoria Gonzalez hitting that mark for the Chargers and Barbara Briceno and Hanna Jellema for the Trojans.

Tyra Blue had the best hitting percentage among Briar Cliff players, attacking at a .143 rate with five kills and taking part in five blocks. Delaney Meyer tallied 21 assists in the match to go with 11 digs and one service ace. Grace Hanno and Harlee Wagoner had 14 digs apiece.

“I am proud of the effort of Grace Hanno and Tyra Blue tonight, and well as the consistent play of Delaney Meyer,” Weatherford added.

The Chargers fall to 13-14 on the season. The team now looks ahead to hosting Concordia at the Newman Flanagan Center on Friday evening. That match is set to begin at 7:30.

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