After a hard fought match Friday night at home, the Briar Cliff women’s volleyball team was unable to bounce back with a road meeting against Hastings as the Broncos defeated BC 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-15) Saturday in Hastings, Neb.
The Bronco defense was able to limit the Blue and Gold throughout the day as Briar Cliff hit .037 in the match.
“It took us a while to get our offense going today,” said head coach Lindsey Weatherford. “Hastings showed up ready to play and took advantage of our hitting errors and scored after we missed serves.”
The Chargers spread the ball around as no one attacker reached double digits in kills but 10 players recorded kills for the Cliff with eight players registering at least two. Noel Phillips led the team with seven kills and Aubury Coleman was next on the stat sheet with five. Phillips’ .286 hitting percentage was the best among attackers for the visitors.
Hastings also displayed a balanced attack with no player recording more than seven kills, but six Broncos registering at least five kills. Hastings defense was also led by a variety of players as the Broncos had three players total double digit digs. Ireland Currey tied for a game-high 13 digs. Briar Cliff’s Grace Hanno also tallied 13 digs as the next top totals in the category for BC came from setters Delaney Meyer and Maureen Imrie with eight each.
Meyer was the more efficient of the Cliff setters as she finished with 12 assists to Imrie’s six. Victoria Gonzalez continued to contribute in all aspects for her team with four kills, six digs, three assists and an ace. Grace Whitlaw had three solo blocks as Briar Cliff was outblocked 6-5 by Hastings in the match.
The win ended a four-game skid for Hastings as the Broncos improved to 9-12 on the season and 4-7 in GPAC play. Briar Cliff’s record dropped to .500 at 13-13 with a 3-9 mark in the conference.
The Blue and Gold will go out of conference for their next match as they travel to Dakota State for a 7:30 p.m. first serve on Tuesday in Madison, S.D.