In a night of close sets, the Chargers couldn’t get the upper hand in any as Dakota Wesleyan swept Briar Cliff in women’s volleyball action 25-22, 26-24, 26-24 Wednesday in Mitchell, SD.
The win propeled Dakota Wesleyan into a four-way tie for seventh place with Briar Cliff, Concordia and Doane in the GPAC standings to end the regular season. The two squads that met up in Mitchell both saw their seasons end, however, as Doane earned the seventh seed after tie-breaking procedures and Concordia was slotted in as the eighth and final team to make the GPAC tournament.
The complicated tie-breaking procedures ended up being settled based on percentage of conference sets won. Doane had the best percentage among the four teams at .379 (22-36). Concordia’s set record in league play of 22-37 was good for a win percentage of .373 to edge Briar Cliff’s 20-35 mark for a win percentage of .364. Dakota Wesleyan had the worst set record of the four at 20-36 (.357).
In Wednesday night’s contest, Courtney Schafer tied for the most kills in the contest with DWU’s Rebecca Frick at 15. Schafer outhit Frick .211 to .200 on attack percentage, but the Tigers had the better hitting mark on the night by a slight .136 to .135 advantage. Victoria Gonzalez had the next highest kill total with 14.
Danielle Coronado led all players in digs with 19. Frick led her squad in digs with 16. Two other Chargers reached double digit digs with Harlee Wagoner tallying 13 and Delaney Meyer finished with 10.
Meyer led BC in set assists with 24. Maureen Imrie shared setting responsibilities and had 17. Bridgett Knobbe led all players in assists as she tallied 33 for the Tigers.
Briar Cliff had the edge in team kills (46-36) and digs (71-62). Both teams had one ace, but the Chargers had seven service errors to just one by DWU and the Tigers recorded 10 team blocks compared to just two for the Blue and Gold.
The Chargers season ends with a record of 11-16 and a 5-11 mark in the conference. Dakota Wesleyan also finished 5-11 in the GPAC and ends the year at 17-14.