Nebraska Wesleyan dropped the first set but bounced back to win the next three highly contested sets to defeat Briar Cliff University, 3-1, in GPAC volleyball action on Friday night (Oct. 24) in Sioux City, Iowa.
The win moves the Prairie Wolves into sole possession of sixth place in the GPAC standings with a 7-5 conference record, NWU is now 16-8 overall. Briar Cliff falls to 6-6 and 16-12.
The Chargers took the first set rather easily, 25-17, but NWU stopped their momentum. The second set was won by NWU in a score of 25-22 to set up the exciting third set. In one of the longest sets of the season, the Prairie Wolves finally got the win, 33-31 to take a 2-1 advantage. In the fourth set, NWU held on for another competive win taking the set 25-23 to win the match.
Three players reached double figures in kills for NWU led by Abby Bade with 17. Brittny Barber had 15 kills and Cara Ward added 11. Ashley Jedlicka handed out 23 assists, while Erika Goldsmith led the NWU defense with 39 digs.
The Prairie Wolves will look to keep their winning streak alive when they travel to Crete, Neb., on Tuesday to face Doane College. The Tigers won the first meeting in Lincoln, 3-2.