Dordt College Volleyball vs. Northwestern
October 7, 2008
(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders dropped a 3-2 match in Great Plains Athletic Conference volleyball Tuesday night, October 7 at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa to conference front-runner Northwestern. The matchup of top-15 teams lived up to billing with numerous momentum changes and extended volleys.
The Red Raiders won set one by a 25-20 margin after breaking away from a 13-13 tie with Hillary Hanno keeping the Defenders off balance with serves that resulted in seven straight points. In the string Northwestern put away three points with blocks to take a 20-13 lead. Dordt did cut the gap down to 22-20 with a five points run but a timeout by Northwestern allowed them to regroup and Randa Hulstein knocked down a kill to put down the rally and Northwestern went on for the win.
Set two had the teams trading points through six ties to 7-7 before Kelsey Van Dyke put down back-to-back kills. The two teams traded points to make it 10-8 and Kelsey Van Dyke entered the service area where she proceeded to serve the Defenders to a 21-8 lead. Van Dyke had back to back aces to close the run. Dordt then held on for the win with Betsy Van't Hul putting away the game winner for a 25-17 win.
Northwestern swung the pendulum back to their favor in set three with a dominating 25-14 win where they got to a 10-5 lead and held the Defenders at arms length the rest of the way.
Trailing 2-1 the Defenders eight different ties to a 20-20 deadlock off a Larissa Veldhuizen kill. Northwestern took control with back to back points on a Rylee Hulstein kills and a block for a 22-20 lead but the block point was the last the visitors would score in the set. Dordt got a Kelsey Van Dyke kill to cut it to 22-21 and tied it at 22. Up 23-22 Dordt got a point from a hitting error and forced set five on a Kristin De Ronde kill for the 25-22 lead.
Northwestern led early in set five only to have Dordt tie it at 8-8. Northwestern stretched the lead to 12-10 only to have Dordt keep the pressure on with a Van't Hul kill and a Northwestern hitting error tied the set at 12. A Randa Hulstein kill gave Northwestern a 13-12 lead but a hitting error tied it at 13-13. Northwestern then scored the final two points of the set and match on a hitting error and an ace serve.
Dordt was Kendra Potgeter's 14 kills and De Ronde had 11. Kelsey Van Dyke added nine and Veldhuizen eight. Cassie Huizenga had 24 assists and De Stigter 21 and Dorinda Hibma had a match high 27 digs. Van Dyke accounted for 14 digs and Brandee Schaap 12. Schaap, Hibma and Van Dyke all had two ace serves in the loss.
Northwestern was paced by Randa Hulstein with 22 kills and Rylee Hulstein added 11. Kaitlin Bever had 45 assists and Randa Hulstein had a team high 22 digs and was in on seven assisted digs.
Dordt is now 21-5 this season with four of the losses coming in five sets and Northwestern is 15-6. Northwestern stands 7-0 in the GPAC while Dordt is 5-2. Dordt travels to #19 Hastings College on Friday night before facing Concordia on Saturday, October 11 in Seward, Nebraska.
Dordt's Current Record: 21-5 (5-2)
Opponent's Current Record: 15-6 (7-0)
|Team||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5||Final|
|Dordt Kill Leaders||Total|
|Kristin De Ronde||11|
|Kelsey Van Dyke||9|
|Dordt Assist Leaders||Total|
|Jessica De Stigter||21|
|Dordt Dig Leaders||Total|
|Kelsey Van Dyke||14|
|Dordt Serving Leaders||Total|
|Dorinda Hibma||2 Aces (11/13)|
|Kelsey Van Dyke||2 Aces (21/21)|
|Brandee Schaap||2 Aces (18/18)|
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