Dordt College dropped two games behind the conference leader Hastings College Broncos with a 3-1 loss in Hastings on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos tightened their grip on first place in the league with an 11-0 conference mark while the Defenders fell to 9-2 with their first loss in the conference since a setback to the Doane Tigers on September 29.<p>All four sets were fairly one sided affairs with Hastigs winning the first set 25-17 after getting out to a 10-3 advantage. Set two went to Dordt with the Defenders getting up 16-10 on a bad set by the Broncos and a Celaine Haan service ace made it 22-15. Hastings scored the next four points to cut the lead to 22-19 but three straight attack errors by the hosts gave the Defenders a 25-19 win.<p>Set three was close to the 8-7 mark but the Broncos scored six of the next eight points for a 14-9 advantage and rolled to a 25-17 decision. Set four was more of the same with the hosts getting up 6-5 early and a 12-5 run made it 18-10 and they won the set and match with a 25-18 margin.<p>"We just played the #6 team in the country and challenged them a bit," said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson. "Our growth from this match will need to be demonstrated in how consistent we can play point to point. A tough loss but one that sharpens us for the immediate work ahead on Tuesday with Dakota Wesleyan."<p>Dordt was led by Lindsey Floen and Danae Geels with nine kills each and Katelyn Schuller and Meghan Krausman both had eight. Kayla Gesink had a team high 39 assists and got to 11 digs while Kayla Broekhuis led Dordt with 29 digs.<p>The Defenders recorded nine points on blocks.<p>Hastings was paced by Kendra Schwein with 23 kills and Haley Beardsley put up 47 assists. Carissa Kline was the top digger for the #6 team in the country with 20.<p>Dordt falls to 9-2 in the conference and 20-8 overall while Hastings is 21-3 overall and 11-0 in the GPAC.<p>Dordt will host Dakota Wesleyan on Tuesday, October 23.