The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team wrapped up its season with a clean sweep of Briar Cliff on Wednesday night at Christen Family Athletic Center, 25-22, 26-24 and 26-24.
With the result of the match, both teams finished the season 5-11 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, but the Chargers edged DWU on tiebreakers to qualify for the conference tournament.
It wasn't easy for the Tigers, as they won all three sets by three points or less. DWU controlled most of the first set, leading by as many as eight points before Briar Cliff rallied to cut the lead to two before Emily Brunsing recorded a kill and an attack error by the Charges sealed it.
The second set went see-sawed from start to finish, but with scored tied 24-24, the Tigers received back-to-back kills from Brittany Bergquist and Brunsing to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. The third set once again saw DWU hold a sizeable lead, but BCU was able to claw back to knot the score. On cue, Bergquist recorded a kill and an attack error gave the Tigers the set and the match.
Becky Frick registered her 1,000th career dig in the first set and finished with team-highs in kills (15) and digs (16). Brunsing added seven kills, while Bergquist and Chelsey Heeg added six apiece. Bridgett Knobbe handed out 33 assists and Mallory Cooper had 13 digs, while Bon Homme alum Sierra Mesman added eight digs.
Courtney Schafer and Victoria Gonzalez had 15 and 14 kills, respectively for Briar Cliff (11-16), while Delaney Meyer had 24 assists and 10 digs. Wagner native Brooklyn Tolliver pitched in seven digs.
Dakota Wesleyan finishes the season 17-14.