Dordt College News

Five Lady Defender Volleyball Players Earn GPAC Honors

November 10, 2004

(Wednesday, November 10, 2004; Sioux Center, Iowa)Tara De Boer, a junior middle blocker from Rock Valley, Iowa leads a group of five Dordt College Lady Defenders named as post-season honorees by the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

De Boer, a repeat first team all-GPAC selection, was named the conference player of the year in voting done by the conference coaches. De Boer averaged four kills, a .336 kill efficiency, 1.3 blocks and 1.6 digs per game in helping the Lady Defenders to the regular season conference title with a 16-0 mark.

Joining De Boer on the first team are Rachel Pontier and Amanda Eekhoff. Pontier, a senior, rightside hitter from Orange City, Iowa averaged three kilss per game and a .283 kill efficiency along with second team honors as a freshman. Eekhoff made an immediate impact as a freshman with 4.1 kills and a .355 kill efficiency. Eekhoff was in on 1.2 blocks per game.

Rachel Van Beek, a left side hitter from Inwood, Iowa, was named to the second team for the second year in a row. Van Beek came on strong at the end of the year, lifting her kills per game average to 2.4. Linsey Van Wyk, a sophomore, was named honorable mention after appearing in 101 games for the Lady Defenders. Van Wyk plays all the way around the Dordt College rotation and averages 2.3 kills, 3.9 digs and is the Lady Defenders leading serve receiver.

Coach Tom Van Den Bosch, in his eigth year as head coach at Dordt College, was named the GPAC coach of the year for the fourth time. The Defender coach led the Lady Defenders to a regular season mark of 29-2 and a 16-0 conference record. Since the formation of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2000, the Lady Defenders have recorded a 65-3 conference record.

Dordt College is a four-year Christian liberal arts college celebrating it's 50th year of existence with a Jubilee Celebration during the 2004-2005 school year.

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