Dordt College Volleyball vs. Northwestern-GPAC Finals
November 11, 2006
(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender volleyball finished their improbable run through the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament with their third straight road win over a team that had beaten them earlier this seasn with a 3-2 match win over the Northwestern Red Raiders in Orange City on Saturday night by game scores of 30-27, 24-30, 25-30, 30-27 and 15-12.
The Defenders stormed out to a 10-6 win in game one only to have the Red Raiders fight back to tie it at 17 and led 19-18 before Dordt retook the lead 22-20 and eventually led 27-22. The Raider reeled off five in a row to tie it at 27-27 but the Defenders held on for a 30-27 win.
Northwestern dominated games two and three, winning game two 30-24, pulling away from a 18-18 tie. And won game three 30-25 after getting up 25-16.
Game four started much the same as game three with Northwestern using Kate Schnoes at the net to take a early 9-4 advantage, at which point Dordt used their second time out. Northwestern continued to pull away, leading 18-10 and 19-11 before Dordt embarked on an improbable comeback. Dordt ran off three in a row to keep it interesting. A point by Northwestern pushed it back to 21-15 but another three point run by Dordt made it 21-18. The two teams traded points to 23-20 at which point Dordt ran off four more points with Kristin De Ronde coming alive. Northwestern tied it at 24-24 but the Defenders took control with a four point run and held on for a 30-27 win.
In the race to 15 in game five, the Defenders scored four in a row but the Raiders tied it at 8-8 eventually. Two more ties happened at 10 and 11 but the Defenders, again leaning on De Ronde, got out to a 14-11 lead and won on a De Ronde kill at the end, her 19th of the match for the Defenders 28th win of the season, sixth GPAC post-season tournament championship, and 19th win out of their last 21 matches played.
De Ronde led Dordt in kills with her 19 while Lindsey Van Wyk added 17 and 22 digs. Larissa Veldhuizen had her average of two kills per game with 10 kills and Haylee Bakker added eight. Emily Van Voorst put up 49 assists and Cassie Huizenga had one ace serve while going 26-27 at the service line. Traci Kooima led Dordt with 25 digs. Dordt made 101 out of 105 serve receptions.
Northwestern was led by Katie Schnoes with 22 kills and Megan Meyer's 21 (unofficial totals).
The win avenges two earlier losses to Northwestern for the Defenders and caps a run through the tournament where the fifth seeded Defenders went on the road to beat number four seed Briar Cliff on November 4, 3-1. Went to number nine rated and number one seed Hastings on November 7, 3-1 and beat the number two seed, Northwestern. Northwestern is now 30-3 and Dordt 28-10. Dordt earns an automatic berth in the NAIA Region III tournament while Northwestern will likely earn an at-large berth, one of four available, into the six-team field that will be announced late Sunday, November 12.
Dordt's Current Record: 28-10 (11-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 30-3 (15-1)
|Team||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5||Final|
|Dordt Kill Leaders||Total|
|Kristin De Ronde||19|
|Lindsey Van Wyk||17|
|Dordt Assist Leaders||Total|
|Emily Van Voorst||49|
|Dordt Dig Leaders||Total|
|Lindsey Van Wyk||22|
|Liz Van Voorst||16|
|Dordt Serving Leaders||Total|
|Betsy Van't Hul||1 Aces (17/17)|
|Cassie Huizenga||1 Aces (26/27)|
|Kristin De Ronde||1 Aces (18/20)|
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