Dordt College News

Volleyball National Championships Preview

November 27, 2013

WHERE AND WHEN… Dordt College will play in the NAIA Volleyball National Championship event at the final site at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa.  Pool play opens on Tuesday, December 3 and will run through Thursday, December 5.  Friday, December 6 marks the start of single elimination play with first round play and quarterfinal action.  The semifinal round of the event will be Saturday morning and the championship will be Saturday night.  The matches can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM and live on the world wide web at  Results will be posted to and and also at .

THE SCHEDULE…Dordt will face Lindsey Wilson (Kentucky) on Tuesday, December 3 at 8:30 pm and Biola (California) on Wednesday, December 4 at 5:45.  The Defenders will conclude the pool play portion of the schedule on Thursday, December 5 at 5:45 against Indiana Wesleyan.  All times are approximate as there will be matches preceding Dordt’s on the three courts at the Tyson Event Center.

WE’RE HAVING A PARTY… This coming Wednesday night we will be hosting a reception following the women’s national championship tournament match vs. Biola in the Stoney Creek Inn, which is directly north of the Tyson Event Center.  All fans, alumni, athletes, and friends of Dordt College are welcome to share a meal with Coach Hanson and the 2013 Defender Volleyball team to celebrate their season.

WHAT TO WEAR…Dordt College national championship commemorative long sleeve  t-shirts are still available for $12.00 at the Dordt College Advancement Office.

THE OPPONENTS… Lindsey Wilson is 36-3 this season and finished the season as the Mid-South Conference regular season champion with an 18-0 record.  The Blue Raiders were beaten by Georgetown (Kentucky) in the post-season tournament.  Lindsey Wilson had beaten Georgetown in the previous two meetings of the teams.  The three-time national qualifier started the season with 21 wins before losing to Northwestern Ohio.  The other losses are to Texas-Brownsville and the tournament loss to Georgetown.

The Blue Raiders hit for a .289 kill efficiency and are averaging 13.4 kills per set while allowing opponents just .140 kill efficiency success.  They average 2.3 blocks per set and get another 1.4 points per set on blocks and average 17.0 digs per contest. 

Nadelina Nesheva leads the team with 3.59 kills per set and she boasts a .304 kill efficiency with 1.1 digs.  Taylor Hayne is good for 2.7 kills and Sarah Anderson has been in on 2.56 kills per contest with a .331 kill efficiency.  Kailey Moorhead is knocking down 2.9 kills per set with a .418 kill efficiency.  Alexa Just runs the offense from the setter spot and averages over 10.4 per contest.  The top digger is Kirsten King with a 3.4 average and Just is getting to 2.69 kills while Maeghen Angel is good for 3.28 digs.  Just tops the team with 47 service aces whiel Nesheva has 32 and Meservey is good for 24.

Lindsey Wilson was no. 10 in the last NAIA Coaches’ Poll.

Biola, the no. 1 seed in Dordt’s pool, hails out of the Golden State Athletic Conference and finished the year 22-3 and 11-3 in league play.  The Eagles lost back to back matches to Concordia (Calfornia) and Texas Brownsville in early October after starting the season with 15 straight wins.  The Eagles then won eight in a row before falling again to Concordia in the final match of the season.  The GSAC does not hold a tournament but plays a double round robin regular season schedule.

Biola averages 13.7 kills per set while holding foes to 10.2 per contest with a .263 kill efficiency.  Opponents have hit .128 against the Eagles with Biola holding a significant advantage at the net defensively as well as they boast 2.3 blocks per outing. 

Amy Weststeyn is getting 3.1 kills per outing with a .426 kill efficiency and Joclyn Kirton is good for 3.0 kills.  Alyssa Mason and Chelsee Arnitz get 2.7 and 2.5 assists respectively.  Gracee Gallarda has set in 23 matches and has an 11.1 assists per set average.  Tara Rallis leads the team with 4.0 digs and Gallarda has a 2.3 average to go with 23 service aces.  Weststeyn has a team high 37 service aces for a team that is making its 13th appearance in the national field.

Biola was no. 3 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll.

Indiana Wesleyan is 29-10 this season and 16-2 in the Crossroads league.  Wesleyan made it this far by winning a first round match with Bryan (Tennessee) last Saturday.  The Wildcats had one losing streak this season, a string that lasted four matches and went from October 25 to October 26 and came at the hands of Lindsey Wilson, Viterbo, Texas Brownsville and Embry Riddle—three out of the four made it into the NAIA field.

Wesleyan is hitting for a .250 kill efficiency and averages 13.3 kills per set with 1.5 service aces, 16.2 digs and 2.1 blocks.  Opponents hold a 9.8 kill average with a .110 kill efficiency.

Rae Brandes averages 3.6 kills per set  and 3.2 digs.  Kristine Egebrecht averages 3.3 kills.  Kristine Predajna is good for 2.4 kills and Katey Holler puts up 11.7 assists per outing and she also has 28 service aces and gets to 2.2 digs per set.  Kelly Cypher is the top server with 36 aces and she gets 1.3 digs. Rebecca Brandes is to top digger with a 5.7 average.

Indiana Wesleyan was receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll.

THE DEFENDERS… Dordt is 23-7 this season and 12-4 in the GPAC.  Dordt’s losses in the league were to Northwestern twice, Hastings and Nebraska Wesleyan.  Dordt’s other losses came to Viterbo, Tabor and Northwestern in the semifinal round of the GPAC Tournament.

Dordt averages 13.45 kills per set with a .288 kill efficiency.  The Defenders get to 1.38 service aces and 15.7 digs with 2.1 blocks.  Opponents are hitting .183 against the Defenders and average 12.1 kills.

Brooke Wolterstorff averages 3.05 kills with a .285 kill efficiency and 2.47 digs with 30 service aces.  Jenna Horstman’s average is 2.9 per set with a .302 kill efficiency and Lindsey Floen has a 2.7 kills per set average with a .366 kill efficiency and she is in on 1.05 blocks per set.  Meghan Krausman’s kill average is 1.86 and Elizabeth Kiel’s is 1.6.  Kayla Broekhuis is good for 5.06 digs and also has 26 service aces.  Celaine Haan tops the team with 33 service aces.  Kayla Gesink runs the setter spot for the Defenders and has a 10.4 assist average with 2.3 digs and 15 service aces and a 1.1 kills per set average. 

This is Dordt’s 10th berth in the national field and its first since 2010.

Dordt was no. 15 in the final NAIA Coaches’ Poll.

LAST ACTION… Lindsey Wilson’s loss to Georgetown came at home and was a five set contest with Georgetown prevailing 25-22, 23-25, 16-25, 25-11, 15-11.  The Blue Raiders had a .215 kill efficiency with Nesheva and Anderson getting 14 kills each and Moorhead had 10.  Just put up 48 assists and had 20 digs while King had 28 and Angel 15. 

Concordia beat Biola 3-2 on November 16 by set scores of 25-18, 19-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-6. Kirton had a team high 15 kills and Mason had 12 and Weststeyn 11.  Gallarda put up 47 assists and Rallis had 18 digs as Biola registered ten points on blocks.

Indiana Wesleyan swept Bryan on November 23, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21.  Brandes had a team high 14 kills and Egebrecht and Predajan each  had 13.  Holler put up 49 assists in the three sets and Brandes had 19 digs.

Dordt beat Cardinal Stritch in the first round of the National Championship with Jenna Horstman and Brooke Wolterstorff each knocking down 15 kills and Elizabeth Kiel had 10 and Floen nine.  Gesink had 48 assists and six kills in the 25-22, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19 win.

AGAINST THE FIELD… Lindsey Wilson is 3-2 against teams in the final 24.  The Blue Raiders beat Georgetown twice and lost to them once and beat Indiana Wesleyan and lost to Texas at Brownsville.

Biola is 7-3 against other teams in Sioux City.  The Eagles beat The Master’s twice, Vanguard twice, Westmont twice and Columbia.  The losses were to Concordia and Texas at Brownsville.
Indiana Wesleyan is 1-5 against teams involved in pool play.  The win was over Grand View while the losses came to Midland, Trinity Christian, Lindsey Wilson, Texas at Brownsville and Embry Riddle.

Dordt is 5-3 against teams still playing this week with three wins over Briar Cliff,  a win over Grand View and Midland and three losses to Northwestern.

THE FIELD…(teams listed in seeding order for each pool.)
Pool A:  Texas at Brownsville, Columbia (Missouri), Westmont (California), Briar Cliff (Iowa)
Pool B: Concordia (California), Georgetown (Kentucky), Park (Missouri), Trinity Christian (Illinois)
Pool C: Biola (California), Lindsey Wilson (Kentucky), Dordt, Indiana Wesleya
Pool D: Madonna (Michigan), MidAmerica Nazarene (Kansas), The Master’s (California), Rocky Mount (Montana)
Pool E: Northwestern (Iowa), Vanguard (California), Wayland Baptist (Texas), Spring Hill (Alabama)
Pool F: Midland (Nebraska), Oklahoma Baptist, Embry-Riddle (Florida), Grand View (Iowa)

AFTER THIS…The top two teams in each of the six pools advances to single elimination play beginning on Friday.  The top four remaining seeds out of the twelve that advance will earn a bye into the quarterfinal round with the remaining eight teams squaring off for four spots in the quarterfinal round.

HISTORY… Dordt has never crossed paths with Lindsey Wilson or Biola before this week.  Dordt has played Indiana Wesleyan four times since 1998 with the last meeting in 2008 when the Defenders took a 3-1 win over the Wildcats in the opening round of the NAIA Championship.

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