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Briar Cliff volleyball breaks into poll

SIOUX CITY | The Briar Cliff men's volleyball team moved into the NAIA Men's Volleyball Coaches' Top 10 Poll for the first time in program history this week. The Chargers are ranked third in the latest poll and are 3-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play after upsetting No. 4 Ottawa (3-2) and No. 3 Park (3-1) over the weekend.

Peyton Schirman was named the NAIA National Men's Volleyball Attacker of the Week after his performances last weekend in the two statement wins on the road for the Chargers and is a huge key to the Cliff's success this season. Schirman piled up 17 kills and only 10 errors on 52 attacks to go with eight digs, two aces and three blocks at Ottawa on Friday.

He followed up that performance with 23 kills and six errors on 41 attacks for a hitting percentage of .415 and added three more digs at Park on Saturday. Over the weekend, Schirman notched 40 kills and only 16 errors on 93 total attacks.

Men's volleyball began during the 2015-16 season at Briar Cliff and the Chargers made school history by moving into the polls this week. Previously, the closest the Chargers were to making the top-10 poll was 10 votes last season. The Chargers are third in the nation with 89 total points.

Dendinger earns NSIC honor

WAYNE, Neb. -- Wayne State College senior thrower Michaela Dendinger was named the NSIC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week following her performance in last weekend’s Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln. It’s the third time this season that Dendinger has collected NSIC Athlete of the Week honors.

Dendinger set a new school record with a mark of 54 feet, 10.25 inches to place third in a talented Division I field that is now the top throw in NCAA Division II. It is also an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. Dendinger also posted a fourth-place finish in the weight throw at 63 feet. She leads the NSIC in both events and is now ranked sixth in the weight throw in NCAA Division II while leading the country in the shot put.

USD's Bray recognized for effort

VERMILLION, S.D.–- South Dakota sophomore Ethan Bray captured the Summit League Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award.

Bray earns the honor for the first time of his career and continues USD’s streak of four-straight weeks earning the award.

The sophomore placed first in the men’s pole vault at the Dakota Realty Alumni Meet on Saturday. Bray vaulted a personal best of 17 feet, 11.25, in the competition and bested second place by nearly a foot. His height ranks 11th in the NCAA this season. Bray also ranks second in the Summit League behind teammate and NCAA leader Chris Nilsen.

Time change for wrestling

SIOUX CITY -- The start time for Morningside College’s home wrestling dual against Concordia University scheduled for Thursday is moved up one hour to 6 p.m.


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