Briar Cliff Volleyball swept by Northwestern

Briar Cliff Volleyball swept by Northwestern
September 21st, 2022 | bcuchargers.com

The Briar Cliff volleyball team fell in straight sets to #7 Northwestern Wednesday night in Orange City, Iowa. The Chargers battled closely with the Red Raiders in the first two sets, but Northwestern pulled away with a pair of long runs.
 
The Chargers took a 9-6 lead in set one, but the Red Raiders bounced back with a 7-1 run to take a 13-10 lead. The Red Raiders closed out the set with a 10-1 run. Set two saw the Chargers take an early 10-6 edge behind a kill and two blocks from Toria Andre, but a 5-1 swing saw NWC tie it at 11-11. The Chargers hung with the Red Raiders in the second set but would fall 20-25.
 
“During the second set, we came out strong and were able to go on a few runs to get the lead. We need to continue to work on extending our runs and keeping our lead all the way through the set,” said head coach Lindsey Weatherford.
 
The Chargers totaled nine kills in set two with a .320 hitting percentage, compared to 16 kills and a .195 attack percentage for the Red Raiders.
 
Andre had four kills to go with three blocks, while Sami Wasmund had four blocks, one service ace and a .333 hitting percentage.
 
“Toria was really connecting with the setter tonight and was in the right place to block NWC’s strong middles,” said Weatherford. “Sami was really great at the net and from the service line tonight. We haven’t seen Sami hit this well offensively in a few weeks so it was nice to see her get into a rhythm. She took us on a run and kept in the match with her ace.”
 
Emma Porter handed out 11 assists, nine digs and one ace. Avery Beller tallied nine digs and Tannah Heath had eight.
 
The Chargers are back in the Newman Flanagan Center Saturday for a Homecoming clash with Hastings. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. between the Chargers and Broncos.

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