Northwestern @ Briar Cliff 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, Sioux City, Iowa


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Located in Sioux City, Iowa, Briar Cliff University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders Face Briar Cliff On Wednesday

Game Time...Northwestern College visits Briar Cliff for a GPAC volleyball match between ranked teams on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The Red Raiders are sixth in the NAIA with a 20-2 overall record and lead the GPAC at 7-0. Briar Cliff climbed back into this week's poll, earning votes, and are in third place in the GPAC at 5-2, 15-4 overall. Listen live to the match via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now!  or watch the match live on the BCU webcast at the following link: Watch Now!

All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 49-10 and has won 13 straight matches against the Chargers.

Scouting Briar Cliff...The Chargers have climbed back into the NAIA coaches' poll, earning votes this week after winning their last five matches. Since a 3-0 loss to Midland on Sept. 20, BCU has wins over Mount Marty, Hastings, Nebraska Wesleyan, Morningside and Benedictine. They are currently in third place in the GPAC with a 5-2 record, 15-4 overall. 

Trevor Schirman is in his second season as the head coach of the Chargers' volleyball program. Schirman was a long-time assistant at the University of California-San Diego prior to coming to BCU. He returns four starters off a 2013 team that finished 8-8 in the GPAC and qualified for the NAIA National Championship for just the second time in the history of the program. BCU went 1-2 in pool play, earning its first ever win at the national championship, and ended the year with a 20-17 record. 

The Chargers are fourth in the GPAC in kills (12.7) and rank seventh in hitting percentage (.197). They are seventh in blocks (1.8) and ninth in ace serves (98). Breanna Nogelmeier, an honorable mention all-GPAC selection last year, is the top hitter and blocker, hitting .350 and putting down 2.2 kills and one block per set. Rachele Harrill puts down 2.5 kills per set as one of the outside hitters while rightside hitter, Katelin Langel, a transfer from Coe College, leads the team with 2.7 kills per set. Dani Helland directs the BCU offense and ranks seventh in the league with 7.5 assists per set.

Northwestern News and Notes...Northwestern has won six consecutive matches and is currently in first place in the GPAC with a 7-0 record, 20-2 overall. Ranked sixth in the NAIA for the third straight week, Northwestern is 9-2 against teams ranked or earning votes. 

The Red Raiders lead the GPAC in hitting percentage at .280, eighth best in the NAIA. They also are among the NAIA's leaders in kills (13.5) and ace serves (166). 

Brooke Fessler, the current GPAC setter of the week, directs the Red Raider offense and leads the GPAC with 11.1 assists per set. The junior is also hitting .450 and putting down one kill per set. Kaitlin Floerchinger leads the GPAC in kills (4.1) and has hit for double figures in 19 matches this season. The senior is hitting .271 on the outside and also leads the GPAC with 46 ace serves. Karlie Schut averages 2.8 kills per set and has 10 matches with 10-or-more kills this season. Schut is second in the GPAC with 37 ace serves. Haley Chambers ranks fifth in the GPAC in kill efficiency (.277) and puts down 2.6 kills per set. Payton Samuelson and Jessica Van Beek leads the team in blocking with 68 and 48, respectively. Alexis Bart is fourth in the GPAC in digs per set (4.6). 

Up Next...Northwestern will not play this weekend and will next host Mount Marty on Wednesday night, Oct. 15 at 6/7:30pm.

Karlie Schut

# 3 | Rightside Hitter
Senior from Des Moines, Iowa

Haley Chambers

# 19 | Outside Hitter
Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Jessica Van Beek

# 6 | Outside HItter
Sophomore from Sheldon, Iowa