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Volleyball makes seventh apprearance at NAIA nationals

By Mike Byker

Emily Van Voorst

Emily Van Voorst

The Dordt College Lady Defender volleyball team advanced to the NAIA national tournament for the seventh time this fall and completed their season with a 40-5 record. The Lady Defenders went 2-2 at the national tournament and were eliminated after pool play concluded.

The Lady Defenders’ 40 wins this season were the second most in school history and brought to a close the careers for three Lady Defenders who earned post-season honors. Tara De Boer was named first-team all-conference for the third straight year and was named the conference player-of-the-year for the second year in a row. De Boer also earned first-team all-NAIA region III honors and was picked for the second team by the NAIA all-American selection committee. De Boer set new records this season with 706 kills and a 4.9 kills per game average. De Boer leaves Dordt with 2311 career kills.

Jill Haan was also picked first-team all-GPAC and second-team all-region while Rachel Van Beek, the third senior on the team, was tabbed for honorable mention by the NAIA. Haan averaged 2.5 kills per game and 4.6 digs per contest—tops on the team, while Van Beek averaged 3.2 kills per contest.

Emily Van Voorst, a sophomore setter, was picked first team all-GPAC and first team all-NAIA Region III and honorable mention all-American. Van Voorst put up 13.9 assists per game and dug up 2.5 kill attempts per game. Lindsey Van Wyk also earned post-season honors by being named to the GPAC second team. Van Wyk averaged 2.6 kills and 3.6 digs for a team that won their third straight GPAC regular season title and third straight post-season tournament title.

The Lady Defenders are 144-20 over the past four years and have won back-to-back regional titles. The Lady Defenders also hold a 55-match conference winning streak dating back to the 2002 season.

Tom Van Den Bosch also reached a pair of milestones this season while earning GPAC coach of the year. Van Den Bosch won his 300th career match at Dordt College and also won his 1000th career match decision in high school and college with a win over Dakota State in September.