The Briar Cliff volleyball team gave No. 10 Dordt all it could handle in a five set match Tuesday night, but the Defenders rallied for the 3-2 win. The loss sent the Chargers to 10-12 overall and 3-9 in conference play, while the Defenders improved to 16-5 overall and 9-2 in the GPAC.
Briar Cliff led 2-0 at intermission after taking the first two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-23 but Dordt strung together three-straight set wins to rally for the 3-2 win, winning sets three, four and five by scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 15-11. The Chargers hit .089 in the matchup with 54 kills and 37 errors on 192 attacks, compared to the Defenders hitting .173 with 53 kills and 24 errors on 168 attacks. Both teams had 51 assists and Dordt held advantages in digs (81-77) and blocks (13.5-9.0).
Katelin Langel and Nicolette Lavulo shouldered the offensive load for BCU, both notching 15 kills in the loss. Courtney Schafer added nine kills and Keely Woods chipped in six K’s.Laura Barry handed out 28 assists and Delaney Meyer had 19 helpers. Defensively, Katie Berg led the Cliff with 28 digs, trailed by Barry with 14 and Meyer with 10. Emily Sanburg had a team-high five blocks.
Brooke Granstra piled up 22 kills in the win for Dordt and Ema Altena was also in double-digits with 10 kills. Jamie Gesink notched 46 assists and Jill Schouten had 22 digs.
Briar Cliff will be back at the Newman Flanagan Center on Saturday, hosting College of Saint Mary at 1 p.m. in the team’s pink out game.