The Charger men's volleyball team was swept (25-21, 25-23, 25-21) by the No. 10 Crusaders in the Newman Flanagan Center this morning. All three matches were back and forth, but it was Clarke that came out victorious. Briar Cliff slipped to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference, while Clarke improved to 8-4 and 2-2 in their league.
Briar Cliff earned a .132 hitting percentage in the match with 39 kills and 24 errors on 114 attacks, compared to Clarke hitting a .215 with 40 kills and 17 errors on 107 attacks. The Chargers held the advantage in the statistical categories of assists (37-36) and digs (45-42). The Crusaders edged the Chargers in kills (40-39) and out blocked the Chargers (19-11). Both teams created three service aces in the contest.
Peyton Schirman was the best attacker for the Cliff notching 20 kills, followed by Jacob Ewart with 7 kills and Nate Saksa added six K's. Enrique Barajas quarterbacked the offense with a team-leading 33 assists. Barajas and Noah Marasco-Ayau led the Chargers defensively with 11 digs each. David Barrett rejected three attacks (one solo, two assisted). Schirman was credited with two service aces.
Tim Doughney and Isaiah Acfelle were the top attackers for Clarke both notching 10 kills. Matt DePauw paced the Crusader offense with 34 assists and Joshua Phalen led the defense with 13 digs. Matt Gagner piled up eight blocks at the net (two solo, six assisted). Doughney scored a team-high two service aces.
Briar Cliff will continue their home stand on Friday against No. 3 Missouri Baptist. Opening serve between the Chargers and Spartans is scheduled for 7 p.m.