The Dordt College Defender volleyball team bounced back from a set one loss to Baker College on Saturday, September 1 at a classic hosted by Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska with three straight wins to forge their fifth win of the 2012 season.
Dordt dropped set one by a 25-20 margin, relinquishing a 10-9 lead as Baker scored four in a row to take control and Dordt never tied it again in the set.
Set two had Dordt return the favor with a run of five out of six points to take a 15-12 lead with four of the Dordt points coming on Baker hitting errors. Baker did cut the lead to 22-21 but a kill by Kiley Velgersdyk restored order and the Defenders won it 25-22. Dordt used a 12-3 run to close set three to take control of the match with a 25-16 win and the Defenders closed with a flourish in set four as they overcame a 17-14 deficit to win 25-21.
"We showed great poise through the progression of this match as we continued to improve in all areas of the game," said Dordt College head coach Chad Hanson.
Dordt had 55 kills in the four sets with a .192 kill efficiency and they also recorded six ace serves. Jenna Horstman had 14 kills and Lindsey Floen 13. Floen also recorded one solo and six assisted blocks. Danae Geels and Loy Sahr both recorded nine kills and Kayla Gesink recorded 42 assists with three ace serves.
"Lindsey hit some great shots. Kayla Gesink distributed some wonderful sets and served tough," said Hanson. "Jenna, Danae and Loy continue to provide great strength at the pines through their offensive attacking."
Kayla Broekhuis and Celaine Haan got to 23 and 14 digs respectively.
"Kayla and Celaine led us in digs while the entire back court kept us in our offensive system regularly," said Hanson. "It's fun to see more of the pieces coming together through our preseason."