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LWC Volleyball sweeps Briar Cliff to open play at NAIA Nationals

Next: Blue Raider Volleyball Team vs Mid-America Nazarene, 5:45pmCT, Wed 02 Dec 2015, at the Tyson Events Center, 401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa.

By Charles Balcom
News from Lindsey Wilson College

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Tue 1 Dec 2015) - The Lindsey Wilson volleyball team opened their 2015 NAIA Volleyball National Championship campaign with a 3-0 sweep over host institution Briar Cliff (Iowa) on Tuesday night at the Tyson Events Center.

After surviving a first-set scare, the top-ranked Blue Raiders (34-3) cranked it into high gear in the final two frames and secured the win, 25-22, 25-11, 25-17, to grab their 26th-consectuive victory this season.

Briar Cliff (17-12) falls to 0-1 in Pool A with the loss.

Competing in their first match since Nov. 14, the Blue Raiders had a little trouble shaking off the cobwebs in the opening set. Lindsey Wilson slipped in a quick 7-3 deficit and had to work from behind for the majority of the frame. The Blue Raiders had a few difficulties hitting past the Charger block, along with their own struggles blocking the Briar Cliff attacks.

Lindsey Wilson slowly climbed their way back into things, cutting the Charger lead down to one point three different times, but was unable to bring things back level until very late in the match.

Trailing 22-19, the Blue Raiders got a block from Madison Molitor and Ragni Knudsen to make it 22-20. From that point on, it was all Lindsey Wilson as the Blue Raiders scored the next three points to take a 23-22 lead, their first of the match, before taking the final two points and capturing the set 25-22.

Despite outhitting the Chargers .257 to .100, and committing just four attacking errors compared to nine by Briar Cliff, Lindsey Wilson had to dig deep in the opening frame to complete the come-from-behind victory, using a 6-0 run to finish the set.

By the time set two rolled around, the beast that is the high-powered Lindsey Wilson offense had awakened. The Blue Raiders got back to their attacking ways and compiled a .469 hitting percentage while holding the Chargers to a .051 mark in the second set. Lindsey Wilson was efficient and determined as they committed just one attacking error in the second set.

Lindsey Wilson created separation early and soon led by a 15-7 margin, forcing a Briar Cliff timeout. But the timeout could not slow down the Blue Raiders as they continued to pummel the Charger front line, going on a 10-4 run to close out the set 25-11. Knudsen recorded four-consecutive kills during the middle of the set before Carol Siqueira capped off the set with the final two.

Set three began as a battle once again as the frame was tied at 10-10, but the Blue Raiders used a run of seven-straight points to build a 17-10 advantage. The Chargers attempted to make a late comeback, but it appeared they had took their best shot in the opening set as the Blue Raider defense shut things down at the net and the offense continued to flourish as Lindsey Wilson pulled away for the 25-17 third-set win to seal the match 3-0.

By night's end, Lindsey Wilson had accumulated a .392 attacking percentage, including a .467 mark in the final set. Briar Cliff was limited to a .095 hitting percentage and committed 21 attacking errors.

Knudsen led the Lindsey Wilson offense with 13 kills while posting a .360 attacking percentage. Siqueira added 10 kills while hitting .321 and both Carolynne Silva and Molitor racked up eight kills each, both hitting .500 or better. Makenzie Montano led the squad with 36 assists while posting a hitting percentage of .667 with six kills on nine swings without an error. Caitlyn Tino led the team with 13 digs while Alexa Just added 10.

Briar Cliff's Breanna Nogelmeier led the Chargers with 10 kills in the loss.

This story was posted on 2015-12-01 19:47:55
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