Briar Cliff drops match to Dakota Wesleyan

Briar Cliff drops match to Dakota Wesleyan
September 13th, 2021 | bcuchargers.com

After taking the first set 25-22, the Charger volleyball dropped three straight sets against Dakota Wesleyan Saturday in the Newman Flanagan Center. 
 
The Blue and Gold found success in the first set thanks to a .333 hitting percentage, compared to a .205 percentage by the Tigers. BC committed just two errors in the set while Dakota Wesleyan committed seven. 
 
The Tigers extended their lead to seven late in the second set, but the Chargers battled back to trail by four, 23-19. A kill by Ady Dwight followed by a Hanna Reiff service ace would close out the set win for the Tigers. DWU jumped out to an early 11-3 lead to start the third set and closed it out 25-13. 
 
With the score tied at 10-all, Peyton Preston gave the Chargers a boost, holding serve for four straight Charger points including two aces. A kill from Toria Andre brought the set to 23-23, but back-to-back kills from Ady Dwight gave the Tigers the set and 3-1 match win.
 
“The Dakota Wesleyan middles were difficult for us to stop tonight,” said head coach Lindsey Weatherford. “I was proud of our effort in sets one, two and four. Chloe Johnson stood out tonight and used every opportunity she could to score and kept us in it in set four. Peyton Preston gave us a spark in the fourth set with her serving skills.”
 
Johnson led the Charger attackers with 11 kills and had a hitting percentage of .308. Abbie Ericson and Toria Andre added seven kills apiece. Tannah Heath and Maureen Imrie both tallied 13 digs. Imrie dished out 21 assists while Madilyn Wagaman had 13. 
 
“We are in a tough league, and we will have to continue to battle hard every night in GPAC play,” said Weatherford.
 
The Blue and Gold will have a week to prepare before traveling to Jamestown, North Dakota for a matchup with the Jimmies. First serve is set for 3:00 p.m.

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