Dordt College Volleyball vs. Northwestern-GPAC Tournament Semifinals
November 11, 2009
(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender volleyball team pushed the Northwestern Red Raiders in the Great Plains Athletic Conference semifinals on Wednesday night but couldn't close the deal in losing a 3-1 decision at the hands of the regular season conference champion.
Dordt lost set one 25-22 after leading briefly at 17-15 on three straight hitting errors by the Raiders. Northwestern scored four straight points after a timeout and held the Defenders off after they had trimmed the lead to 22-21. Set two had ties at 2,3,4,5,13 and 14 before Dordt pulled in front on a Dorinda Hibma ace and a Brittany Landegent kill. The Defenders kept the lead at three and four points and won the set on a Landegent kill for a final of 25-21.
Set four was a classice with the two teams trading runs back and forth. Northwestern led 4-0 only to have Dordt tie it at 5-5 with a Hibma ace getting it even. The two teams were tied then at 9, 10, 11,12,13,14 and 20 with Jana Van Zanten ripping a kill to make it 20-20. Northwestern got to a 24-22 lead on a Randa Hulstein kill but the Defenders fought back to tie it on a Kendra Potgeter kill and then took the lead at 25-24 on a block. After a Northwestern timeout the Raiders tied it on a service error. Dordt again had set point after a double hit on Northwestern but Hulstein again had a kill for an answer. Hillary Hanno gave Northwestern a lead on a kill but another Landegent spike tied it at 27-27. Northwestern won it on a Kaitlyn Beaver tip and then Beaver had an ace to win it 29-27.
Set four again had Northwestern in front early and the Defenders fought back but didn't have much energy left. Dordt got down 18-10 but closed the gap to 21-17 before falling 25-18.
Dordt was led in balanced attacking by Landegent's nine kills with Danae Geels and Kendra Potgeter each getting eight kills. Van Zanten had seven kills and 13 digs while Dorinda Hibma recorded 29 digs to lead all players. Brandee Schaap was second on the team with 15 digs and Hibma had three ace serves. Potgeter had a team high 7 block assists with Jessica De Stigter and Cassie Huizenga putting up 18 and 15 assists each.
"We played hard and executed our game plan well," said Dordt College coach Tom Van Den Bosch. "We passed well and blocked better. In our last meeting we had one block for a point, tonight we had much more than that. Against good teams like this you have to take advantage when you have chances and we didn't get that done in set three."
Hillary Hanno had 17 kills and Randa Hulstein added 16 with four ace serves for the Raiders. Beaver had 40 assists and Rylee Hulstein had 12 kills and 17 digs. This is likely to be Dordt's last match of the season as they stand 26-12. An at-large berth for the NAIA National Tournament looks unlikely at this point.
Dordt's Current Record: 26-12 (11-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 32-2 (16-0)
|Team||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Final|
|Northwestern-GPAC Tournament Semifinals||25||21||29||25||3|
|Dordt Kill Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Assist Leaders||Total|
|Jessica De Stigter||18|
|Dordt Dig Leaders||Total|
|Jana Van Zanten||13|
|Dordt Serving Leaders||Total|
|Dorinda Hibma||3 Aces (15/16)|
|Jana Van Zanten||0 Aces (11/11)|
|Jessica De Stigter||0 Aces (19/21)|
|Brandee Schaap||0 Aces (14/14)|
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