The Briar Cliff women’s volleyball team gave #11 Jamestown all it could handle on Friday night, but ultimately fell 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20) to the Jimmies in the Newman Flanagan Center.
The matchup consisted of two teams who rank in the top 15 in the NAIA in blocks per game as the Chargers sit in ninth with the Jimmies checking in at 15th. Briar Cliff had a significant edge in the category, outblocking Jamestown 15-7.
“I’m so pleased with the way our front row was able to continually stop Jamestown’s attack,” said BC head coach Lindsey Weatherford. “I really felt like the blocks sparked the rest of the team at times and gave us the momentum we needed to win the third set.”
Neither team was able to attack with much efficiency as Briar Cliff had a hitting percentage of .132 and the Jimmies hit at a .130 clip.
“Jamestown’s defense was stifling at times and we felt like there was nowhere to place the ball to score,” Weatherford noted. “However, I was pleased with how our girls adapted throughout the match and found ways to score.”
The third set was an impressive one overall for the Blue and Gold. The Chargers had an attack percentage of .200 in the game while holding Jamestown to a negative rate (-.048).
Jamestown responded in set four early and got out to a three point lead at 6-3, but Briar Cliff kept battling and took a 10-8 lead with four straight points. A six-point run shortly followed for the Jimmies as the Cliff was able to tie the set up at 20 with the help of a 7-2 run but ran out of steam with Jamestown recording the final five points of the match.
Jamestown’s Britta Knudson was the only attacker with double-digit kills, finishing with 10. The Jimmies’ Jordan Thomas had nine kills to go along with nine errors for an efficiency rate of .000. Gonzalez had a similar stat line as her nine kills led all BC players. Phillips and Aubury Coleman each finished with eight kills while Whitlaw added seven.
Along with leading the attack, Gonzalez also tied for the team lead in digs with 15, a mark shared by Grace Hanno. The Chargers scooped up 61 digs on the night. Jamestown had 67 digs, led by libero Sydney Ellingson’s 26.
Both teams ran a 6-2 with setters sharing the assist totals. Jamestown’s Miranda Lowman led all players with 24 assists with Jackie Meiklejohn recording 14 for the visitors. The Cliff attack was primarily set by senior Delaney Meyer, who finished with 23 while Maureen Imrie was credited with 15 assists.
Both teams had issues at the service line as BC finished with two aces but nine service errors. Jamestown finished with five aces as a team to go along with eight errors.
The win kept Jamestown in second place in the GPAC with a 7-1 league mark. The Jimmies are 19-3 overall this year. Briar Cliff dropped to 13-12 overall and 3-8 in the GPAC. Both teams get right back on the court with Saturday matches as Jamestown will stay in Sioux City to take on Morningside while Briar Cliff hits the road all the way to Hastings, Nebraska to take on the Broncos at 3:30 p.m.