The Briar Cliff women’s volleyball season came to an end on Wednesday night with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-22) loss to the hands of Doane in the Newman Flanagan Center.
The two teams each saw stretches of dominance in the first set as Briar Cliff looked to control things late with a 24-20 lead. The Tigers were struggling to contain BC as both of Doane’s time outs came late with a pair of ace serves from Morgan Youngs sandwiched between the stoppages.
“Morgan is one great example of going in to do a job and doing it well,” said head coach Lindsey Weatherford. “She’s been very consistent as a server off the bench for us.”
The latter time out call by Doane’s coach was enough for the Tigers to fix some issues as after an attack error by Allison Kuenle the team rattled off six-straight points to steal the game from the Blue and Gold. The set was nearly ended a few points earlier as Briar Cliff led 24-23 when Alexis Dale recorded back-to-back aces with one BC set point hitting the tape and narrowly crawling over for the point.
Kuenle and the rest of the Tigers controlled things in the second and third sets as Kuenle had a game-high 15 kills and an impressive .424 attack percentage. She finished with a double-double with 11 digs.
Briar Cliff’s attack was spread out with Analyse Stapleton and Aubury Coleman leading the way with seven each. Grace Whitlaw and Victoria Gonzalez each chipped in with five finishes as Noel Phillips and Tyra Blue had three apiece. Whitlaw led all players in the match with four blocks as BC outblocked Doane 7-6.
Grace Hanno was another defensive leader for the Chargers as she totaled 24 digs to lead all players.
“Grace had a great game,” said Weatherford. “She stepped on the court very prepared for this match.”
Delaney Meyer led Briar Cliff in assists with 17 on the night, while Jaime Renshaw had 34 for Doane. The Tigers had six ace serves with six errors compared to four aces and five service errors by the Cliff.
Doane evened up its GPAC record to 8-8 to end the regular season and went 17-12 overall. Briar Cliff ends the year at 13-18 overall and 3-13 in conference play.
“We are grateful for the experience the seniors provided us throughout the season,” noted Weatherford. “In the offseason, we will be working on competing every single day.”