Despite early leads in every set, the Briar Cliff women’s volleyball team was unable to pick up the upset victory against #19 Corban Saturday at the Red Raider Classic in Orange City, Iowa as the Warriors won 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-21).
The second set was the closest the Chargers came to taking a game as the Blue and Gold had the first two game point opportunities. Corban was able to extend the set each time and rallied off three straight points to take the set.
“Today’s loss to a ranked team just showed us more inconsistencies that we need to work on in practice,” head coach Lindsey Weatherford said. “We just need to learn to minimize our errors in game situations.”
In all, BC was outscored by 10 points in the match and Weatherford pointed out that her team had 11 service errors and lost points due to players in the net on four occasions.
“We will have to work very hard this week to prepare ourselves for the next few weeks of tournaments and conference play,” she added.
Briar Cliff outblocked Corban by a 9-6 edge with Grace Whitlaw leading the way with two solo blocks and four block assists. Delaney Meyer was the top setter for the Chargers with 17 assists while Maureen Imrie added 13.
Corban’s Cassie Cunningham led the way for the Warriors with 15 kills and a swing rate of .379. Kealani Ontai led all players in digs as she finished with 14 for Corban.
Corban improved to 3-2 with the win while the Chargers record was evened up at 3-3. Briar Cliff has another tournament next weekend as the team will compete in the Bulldog Bash in Seward, Neb. BC wi