Nebraska Wesleyan looked as if they would have an easy time at Briar Cliff as they breezed to a first set victory but the Chargers responded and eventually pulled out a 3-2 victory on Saturday night (Oct. 27) in Sioux City, Iowa to avenge an earlier loss to the Prairie Wolves.
The loss drops the Prairie Wolves below .500 at 12-13 overall and 6-7 in the GPAC, while Briar Cliff improved to 17-14, 5-9 GPAC.
NWU came out and dominated the first set with a 25-12 victory. The Prairie Wolves pounded out 16 kills, while BCU had a negative attack percentage with seven errors.
In set two, Briar Cliff was on the attack with 18 total kills in the match as they won 25-18.
The Prairie Wolves regained control in the third set and came out on top 25-18 as they looked poised to earn the victory.
With their backs against the wall, the Chargers would come away with the victory in set four at 25-21 forcing a deciding fifth set. The fifth set was back and forth before BCU finally earned the win with a 15-11 advantage.
Katelyn Walsh led the Prairie Wolves with a double-double of 19 kills and 11 digs. Four other players had nine kills for NWU. Mackenzie Hite had 26 digs, and Alex Springman had a double-double of 23 assists, 11 digs.
Kally Iedema led Briar Cliff with 14 kills.
The Prairie Wolves close out the 2012 season next week with three GPAC matches. They will look to avoid their first losing season since 2006.