Set one Friday night between the Raven volleyball team and Briar Cliff University set the ton for the entire match as the two teams stretched beyond 25 points to settle the score.
After trading sets, Briar Cliff (14-4) edged Benedictine (13-9) 3-2 to start of the 2014 Benedictine College Family Weekend.
Briar Cliff one the odd-numbered sets, taking set one 28-26, set three 25-20 and the fifth and final set, 15-11. Benedictine earned a 25-22 win in set two and forced game five with a 25-20 win in set four.
After combining for 26 kills in the opening set, Benedictine took advantage of 14 kills in set two while holding Briar Cliff to just eight.
The final three sets saw no clear advantage until set five when the Ravens tallied seven attack errors, which allowed Briar Cliff to hold off the Raven rally and earn the win.
At the net, the Ravens recorded 22 block assists and two solo blocks led by the combined 14 block assists of Karlie Dalton and Gray. Moura and Alli Dalton each recorded a solo block to round out the defensive effort.
Benedictine returns to Heart of America Athletic Conference play on Tuesday as they host Evangel University at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The JV match will be played first, immediately followed by the varsity match. Both will be live on BRSNtv.