SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Last season, Briar Clliff volleyball went 11-16 and missed out on the GPAC tournament.
Injuries to key players resulted in the Chargers going just 1-9 in the their last 10 games. Changes were made and Lindsey Weatherford enters her first season as head coach and will try to get Briar Cliff back to the postseason.
The Chargers lost two starters from last year to graduation including All-GPAC performer Courtney Schafer, but they bring back five starters including Sioux City native Grace Hanno. Hanno had 97 kills, 38 digs, and 17 blocks last year before an injury cut her season short. All-GPAC honorable mentions Delaney Meyer and Grace Whitlaw return to the Chargers lineup. Weatherford is trying to establish a new culture at Briar Cliff and the players are really buying in.
“I really enjoy the way they all gel together and they blend together,” said Weatherford. “It is really like a big family culture. Everybody has been really receptive to everything that I’ve wanted to do which is great. As a new coach, you never sometimes know what to expect.”
“I think everyone was really ready for a new start,” said Hanno. “I think coach Lindsey has really helped us get back on track and really helping us focus on the little things that we need and she really is helpful with feedback and everything. So w’re really excited to have her.”
The Chargers open the season August 16th against Saint Ambrose at the Midland University tournament in Fremont, Nebraska.