Marissa Van Driel concluded her regular season career at Briar Cliff University’s Newman Flanagan Center with a bang as the Chargers downed Morningside, 3-1, in a Great Plains Athletic Conference match on Nov. 1.
The Chargers set the tone for the night with a 25-21 win in Set One. BCU took Set Two by the same score. Morningside rebounded for a 25-22 win in Set Three but the Chargers won Set Four 26-24.
Van Driel, from Hawarden, playing on Senior Night, had 15 kills. Van Driel, daughter of Kevin and Susan Van Driel, was honored with her classmates on the volleyball team. Van Driel also contributed one assist, one dig and two block assists for BCU.
Monica Boeding led the Chargers with a team-high 21 kills and 16 digs.
GPAC Setter of the Week award winner Erin Frank dished out 42 assists.
With the win the Chargers completed the 2012 regular season with a sweep against the crosstown rival Mustangs. BCU earned its seventh straight victory to improve to 19-13 overall record and 7-9 in GPAC play. The Chargers were idle until they began GPAC Post-Season Tournament play on Nov. 6.
Morningside’s record fell to 15-13 overall and 6-9 in the GPAC.
Gabi French led the Mustangs’ attack with 12 kills for one of her top totals of the season. Briana Schaueble was next with nine kills, followed by Maggie Vondrak and Anastasia Ott, each adding eight.
Vondrak led the Mustangs’ court coverage with 15 digs and received double figure support from Lexi Welsh with 12 and Grace Chvatal with 10.
Mustang setters Melissa Mounts and Hannah Roberg dealt 12 and 10 assists, respectively. Schaeuble led the Mustangs front row defense with one solo block and seven block assists.
GPAC Post-Season Volleyball Tournament were announced following conclusion of regular season play.
Quarterfinal round games were Nov. 6.
Briar Cliff, the No. 6 seed, was at No. 3 seed Dordt College of Sioux Center. Dordt has a 22-11 record.
Morningside, with a 16-13 overall record, was at No. 2 Doane College in Crete, Neb., (25-8 record). No. 8 seed Concordia (10-20 record) was at No. 1 Hastings (26-3); No. 5 Northwestern (21-9 record) was at No. 4 Midland (20-10 record) in Fremont, Neb.
The semifinals are at the highest seeded teams with two matches on Nov. 8. The Midland-Northwestern winner battles the Hastings-Concordia winner and the Dordt-Briar Cliff winner battles the Doane-Morningside winner, both starting at 7:30 p.m.
The GPAC championship will be the semifinal winners battling at the highest remaining seed, time to be announced.