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Briar Cliff overcomes slow start to beat Bethel

Briar Cliff overcomes slow start to beat Bethel

After dropping the first set of the night to Bethel, the Briar Cliff women’s volleyball team stormed back to win the next three straight games Friday night at the Peru State Bobcat Fall Classic at take the match 3-1.

Neither side hit particularly well in the first set with the Chargers attacking at a clip of .051 and the Threshers hitting at .029 percent and each side committing eight errors. Bethel won set one 25-22 before the Chargers’ improved hitting lifted them 25-17 in each of the final three games.

“After a slow start tonight, our offense and defense started to take off in set two,” said head coach Lindsey Weatherford. “We look forward to carrying that momentum into tomorrow’s matches.”

Victoria Gonzalez was the only Charger with double-digit kills and was credited with 11 kills. Analyse Stapleton was close behind with eight. Delaney Meyer and Maureen Imrie were each credited for dishing out 17 assists. Mia Loganbill matched Gonzalez’s 11 kills and Gabby Valdez had 29 assists for Bethel.

Defensively, Grace Hanno had 21 digs and assisted on one block. Gonzalez added 12 digs and two solo blocks. Jensen Roth led all players in the match with 22 digs for the Threshers.

The Chargers move to 8-3 on the season and the Threshers fall to 2-6. Briar Cliff will return to the court Saturday for two more matches at the Bobcat Fall Classic. The team will take on Sterling College at 10 a.m. and Peru State at noon.

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