Laura Brammeier and Kelsey Elman each pounded out 20 kills to lead Nebraska Wesleyan to a hard fought 3-2 victory over Briar Cliff University in GPAC Volleyball action on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb. NWU won in scores of 20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 15-9.
The 19th-ranked Prairie Wolves now have 20 wins on the year with a 20-3 overall record and a 9-2 mark in the conference.
Nebraska Wesleyan led 16-13 in the first set, but Briar Cliff went on a 7-0 run with five aces by Rikole Satin. The Chargers would go on for the win in the first set.
BCU got ahead 15-9 in set two, but the Prairie Wolves finally tied the match at 23-23. A kill by Elman and blocks by Hannah Behrens and Brittnie Kreikemeier gave NWU the win.
Set three was controlled by Briar Cliff as they got ahead 6-5 and never trailed again on their way to the 25-23 win.
Nebraska Wesleyan finally gained momentum in the fourth set as they scored four straight points and built up a sizeable lead that the Chargers could not overcome.
The deciding fifth set was tied up until 4-4, until a service error and kill by Behrens gave NWU a two-point lead. The match was finally secure when Brammeier scored the winning point on a kill for the 15-9 win.
Elman had 20 kills and 19 digs while hitting .308, and Brammeier also had a double-double with 20 kills and 15 digs. Caitlin Anderson handed out 52 assists with 15 digs. Brittnie Kreikemeier also had 11 kills for NWU.
Briar Cliff was led by Monica Boeding with 18 kills.