September 3, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Briar Cliff (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) used fast starts in each set Tuesday evening to sweep Dakota State in three straight sets (25-11, 25-10 and 25-13) at DSU Fieldhouse. The Chargers swept the season series with the Trojans (BC defeated DSU 3-0 on Aug. 24 in Sioux City).
Dakota State, which played their second match of six straight matches against GPAC members, dropped their overall record to 2-5. Briar Cliff bounced back in the winning column after a 3-0 defeat to Baker (Kan.) in the Bruins Labor Day Classic on Aug. 31.
DSU opened with their only lead in the match in the opening set 1-0 after the Chargers committed an attack error by Jenni Semprini. From there, Briar Cliff outscored the Trojans 11-1 to gain an 11-3 lead and never looked back. BC won the opening set by the score of 25-11 to earn a 1-0 match lead.
The Chargers scored the first three points in the second set to grab a 3-0 early lead. Leading at 17-10, Briar Cliff closed the second set by scoring eight consecutive points – seven by kills – for a 25-10 victory and a 2-0 match lead. The Chargers hit a set-high .481 (16 kills with 3 attack errors in 27 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .036 (6 kills with 5 attack errors in 28 attempts).
BC started the third set by scoring three consecutive points for a 3-0 lead. At 10-5, the Chargers went on an 8-0 scoring tear to extend their lead to 18-5.
As the Chargers held their biggest lead of the third set at 24-9, Dakota State used a 5-0 scoring run to cut BC's lead to 24-13. Briar Cliff secured the match as Brooke Maguire recorded an attack for a 25-13 third set victory.
BC hit .400 in the third set (15 kills with 3 attack errors in 30 attempts) while the Trojans struggled with a .061 hitting efficiency (8 kills with 6 attack errors in 33 attempts).
Breanna Nogelmeier smashed 11 kills for Briar Cliff. Semprini had a double-double of 10 kills and 10 digs. Maguire had eight kills. Erin Frank recorded a match-high 37 assists.
Amy Frank led the Chargers' defense with 15 digs. Monica Boeding added 10 digs. Jenna Berg and Nogelmeier each had three block assists.
Erin Frank, Maguire, Nogelmeier, Semprini and Amy Frank each had two service aces for BC.
Briar Cliff outhit the Trojans 41-18 in the match. The Chargers hit .348 (41 kills with 10 attack errors in 89 attempts) compared to DSU .000 hitting efficiency (18 kills with 18 attack errors in 95 attempts).
BC had 10 service aces while DSU had one service ace. The Chargers recorded six team blocks. DSU had one team block.
Dakota State looks to bounce in the winning column Wednesday evening as they return back on the road. The Trojans will play their third match of the six-match stretch against GPAC foes, visiting in-state rival Mount Marty. There will be a junior varsity match, starting at 6 p.m. First serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. for the varsity match. The matches are held at the Cimpl Arena in Yankton, S.D.
Briar Cliff won the junior varsity match 2-0 over the Trojans (25-16 and 25-18).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director