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Dordt Volleyball To Host Cardinal Stritch

November 20, 2013

WHERE AND WHEN… Dordt College will host Cardinal Stritch (Wisconsin) in the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round on Saturday, November 23 at 7:00.   There will be a video/audio webcast at   Results will be posted to and and also at .

THE OPPONENT…  The Cardinal Stritch Wolves are 28-12 this season and earned a spot in the NAIA National Championship Tournament field by virtue of a runner-up finish in the 13 team Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament. 

Cardinal Stritch is making its first ever appearance in the national tournament and put together a 13 match winning streak from October 8 to October 29.  That winning string moved the Wolves from 11-10 to 24-10 before Wisconsin-Parkside stopped the run of wins. 

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin based school is averaging 11.9 kills per set with a .192 kill efficiency.  The Wolves have limited opponents to a .112 kill efficiency and 10.4 kills per outing.  Cardinal Stritch gets 2.3 points per set on blocks and 1.2 on service aces and they are averaging 16.8 digs per contest.

Monique Morris leads the team with 3.6 kills per set and has a .200 kill efficiency and she gets to 3.7 digs per outing.  Jackie Racine, Jasmine King, Paige Quinones, Amanda Aalpoel and Gabrielle Bobinsky all average between 1.2 and 1.8 kills per outing as the Wolves employ a two-setter offense.  Kelsey Johnson and Tori Burke handle the setting with 5.9 and 5.6 assists respectively.  Melissa Murphy averages a team high 4.8 digs per contest while Quinones has a team high 30 ace serves this season.  King leads the team in blocks with 1.2 per game and Racine is averaging 0.8 per contest.  Jenna Jehlicka has a 2.2 kills per set average with 2.3 kills but has not played since a November 5 win over Trinity International.

THE DEFENDERS… Dordt College is 22-7 this season and is making its tenth appearance in the NAIA National Tournament and first since 2010.  The Defenders finished the season fourth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with a 12-4 record and earned a spot in the tournament by virtue of at-large berth no. 6 (out of 8).

The Defenders have winning streaks of eight and six matches this season.  Four of Dordt’s losses have been in five sets.  Oddly, Dordt’s other three losses are by 3-0 decisions.

Dordt averages 13.4 kills per set with a .287 kill efficiency and limit opponents to 12.08 kills and a .182 kill efficiency.  The Defenders score 2.1 points per set on blocks and average another 1.4 service aces per contest.  Dordt gets to 15.8 digs per game.

The Defenders are led by their setter Kayla Gesink.  Gesink averages 10.4 assists per set and 1.1 kills with a .427 kill efficiency.  She gets to 2.4 digs and has 14 service aces.  Brooke Wolterstorff (3.0), Jenna Horstman (2.9) and Lindsey Floen (2.7)all average right around three kills per set.  Floen has the highest kill efficiency of the three with a .369 season total while Horstman is at .302 and Wolterstorff .278.  Meghan Krausman puts down 1.9 kills and Elizabeth Kiel is at 1.6.  The Defenders are led in digs by Kayla Broekhuis with 5.1 kills and Wolterstorff is at 2.4 kills.  Celaine Haan has a team high 32 ace serves and Jocelyn Bousema has 28 service aces and 1.8 digs per outing. 

LAST ACTION… The Wolves lost to Trinity Christian in the CCAC Championship match on Saturday, November 16, by set scores of 19-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-19.  Cardinal Stritch was led by Morris with 16 kills and Racine had eight.  Johnson and Burke each had 20 assists and Murphy got to 18 digs.  Stritch had a .113 kill efficiency and Trinity Christian hit for a .209 efficiency.  The Trolls got 13 points on blocks and the Wolves had six.  Stritch was plagued by 27 hitting errors and had seven service errors.

Dordt lost to Northwestern in the semifinals of the GPAC Tournament on Wednesday, November 13 by set scores of 25-16, 25-22, 25-11.  Dordt was held to its lowest kill efficiency of the season at .078 and had 21 errors in the loss.  Wolterstorff had seven kills while Kiel, Krausman and Floen all had five kills.  Gesink put up 25 assists and had 12 digs.

COMMON OPPONENTS…The Defenders and Wolves have played matches against three common opponents.  Those opponents are Mayville State, York and Valley City State and Dordt and Cardinal Stritch went a combined 6-0 against those teams.

AGAINST THE FIELD…The Wolves are 1-4 against teams in the 36 team National Tournament field.  Cardinal Stritch split its two meetings with Trinity Christian and lost three matches to Embry Riddle (Florida), Mobile (Alabama) and Madonna (Michigan). 

Dordt is 5-3 against teams in the tournament.  Dordt took all three meetings with the tournament host, Briar Cliff, beat Grand View and Midland in the only meetings of the two teams and lost three matches to no. 5 Northwestern.

AFTER THIS…The winner of this contest will advance to the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Final Site where the winner will join 23 other teams with play beginning on Tuesday, December 3.  Pool play will take up the action December 3-5 with  12 teams (the top two teams out of each pool) advancing to the single elimination round beginning Friday, December 6.  The quarterfinal round of the tournament will be played Friday night with the semifinals and championship round on Saturday, December 7.  

HISTORY… This is the first meeting between Dordt College and Cardinal Stritch in volleyball.  As stated earlier this is the first trip to the National Tournament for the Wolves. 

This is Dordt’s first appearance in the field since an opening round loss to St. Ambrose in 2010.  Dordt beat Indiana Wesleyan in an opening round match in 2008, qualifying for a trip to the final site where they played three pool matches before their season came to a close.  The Defenders qualified for the National Tournament in 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.  The 1998, 2000 and 2001 teams qualified for the quarterfinal l round and the semifinal round in 2003. 

Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Tuesday, Nov. 12 - Quarterfinals
No. 1 Trinity Christian (34-7) def. No. 8 Calumet St. Joseph (10-28), 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-16)
No. 5 Olivet Nazarene (21-19) def. No. 4 Indiana South Bend (18-13), 3-2 (27-29, 25-17, 26-24, 19-25, 15-12)
No. 7 Roosevelt (25-13) def. No. 2 St. Francis (29-11), 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-19)
No. 3 Cardinal Stritch (27-11) def. No. 6 Saint Xavier (16-14), 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-16)

Thursday, Nov. 14 - Semifinals
No. 1 Trinity Christian (35-7) def. No. 5 Olivet Nazarene (21-19), 3-0
No. 3 Cardinal Stritch (28-11) def. No. 7 Roosevelt (25-14), 3-0

Saturday, Nov. 16 - Championship
No. 1 Trinity Christian (36-7) def. No. 3 Cardinal Stritch (28-12), 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-19)

Great Plains Athletic Conference
Saturday, Nov. 9 - Quarterfinals
No. 1 Northwestern (33-1) def. No. 8 Morningside (12-17), 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-13)
No. 4 Dordt (23-6) def. No. 5 Briar Cliff (19-15), 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-21)
No. 6 Doane (16-17) def. No. 3 Hastings (21-12), 3-1 (25-17, 14-25, 25-23, 25-22)
No. 2 Midland (32-3) def. No. 7 Concordia (17-14), 3-1 (26-28, 25-12, 25-21, 25-20)

Wednesday, Nov. 13 - Semifinals
No. 1 Northwestern (34-1) def. No. 4 Dordt (23-7), 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-11)
No. 2 Midland (33-3) def. No. 6 Doane (16-18), 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-6)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - Championship
No. 2 Midland (34-3) def No. 1 Northwestern (34-2), 3-2 (24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 17-15)
NAIA POLL…Texas at Brownsville finished the regular season as the no. 1 team in the Tachikara-NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.  Northwestern and Midland were no. 5 and 6 respectively while Dordt dropped two spots to no. 15 in the final voting done by 22 coaches across the country.  CCAC member Trinity Christian was in the receiving votes category of the poll.

School GPAC/Overall
Northwestern 16-0/34-2
Midland 13-3/33-4
Dordt 12-4/22-7
Hastings 12-4/21-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 10-6/20-8
Briar Cliff  8-8/19-13
Doane 6-10/16-18
Concordia 5-11/17-14
Morningside 4-12/12-17
Mount Marty 2-14/13-20
Dakota Wesleyan 0-16/7-27

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