Dordt College Volleyball vs. Northwestern
October 30, 2007
(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders lost a five game match to the Northwestern Red Raiders on Tuesday night in the regular season finale for both teams.
The win pushed Northwestern into second place in the GPAC by themselves and they will hold the second seed in the post-season tournament which begins on Saturday. The Defenders will await their seed assignment which will be known after Hastings and Nebraska Wesleyan play on Wednesday night.
Dordt got out to a 15-12 lead in game only to have Northwestern teak eh tlead at 16-15 and the two teams fought to another tie at 20-20, their 14th tie of the game. Northwestern the scored three in a row and seven of the next eight and held on for a 30-26 decision. Game two had Dordt in front from the 4-3 point on and the hosts won 30-23. Game three was a back and forth affair with 21 ties neither team had begger than a two point lead after Dordt led 5-2. Dordt held a lead as late as 27-26 when Northwestern scored two in a row to take the lead and fought off a 28-28 tie for a 30-28 decision.
Game four had Dordt jump out to an early lead and were up by as many as 24-13 before Northwestern put together a frantic comeback that got them back to tied at 27-27. Dordt was able to regroup and win the game 30-28, forcing a decisive game number five. Dordt had the early lead at 3-1 but Northwestern ripped off four points in a row to take a lead they never relinquished, going on to win 15-8.
Dordt was led by Autumn Vande Kamp's 25 kills while Larissa Veldhuizen contributed 18 and Kendra Potgeter 14. Kristin De Ronde had eight kills and Emily Van Voorst put up 60 assists for the Defenders. Dorinda Hibma and Betsy Van't Hul each had 20 digs.
Northwestern was led by Megan Meyer's 29 kills while Rachel Gosselink had 77 assists and Meyer had a match high 33 digs as well.
Dordt finishes the regular season 30-7 overall and 11-5 in the GPAC. Northwestern is 25-7 and 13-3. Dordt can finish no higher than the number four seed and no lower than the fifth seed depending on the outcome of the Nebraska Wesleyan-Hastings match on Wednesday.
Dordt will play their next match on Saturday, November 3 at a site and against an opponent to be announced in the quarterfinal round of the GPAC post-season tournament. The official pairings for the tournament will be announced Wednesday, October 31.
Dordt's Current Record: 30-7 (11-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 25-9 (13-3)
|Team||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5||Final|
|Dordt Kill Leaders||Total|
|Autumn Vande Kamp||25|
|Kristin De Ronde||8|
|Dordt Assist Leaders||Total|
|Emily Van Voorst||60|
|Dordt Dig Leaders||Total|
|Betsy Van't Hul||20|
|Emily Van Voorst||11|
|Liz Van Voorst||10|
|Dordt Serving Leaders||Total|
|Cassie Huizenga||2 Aces (19/19)|
|Liz Van Voorst||1 Aces (19/19)|
|Betsy Van't Hul||0 Aces (29/29)|
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