Dordt defeats Ashford 25-13, 27-25, 25-17 on day one of the Bellevue Bruin 2015 Labor Day Classic in Bellevue, Nebraska.
The Defenders pulled away from a 9-9 tie in set one to win the opening battled 25-13 behind a six point run.
Set two saw the Ashford Saints get up 18-11 before a five point run got the Defenders to within 18-16. Ashford fought off the challenge and was on set point 24-22. An Abby Pollema ace followed by a Brooke Granstra kill and a second Pollema ace got the Defenders to match point 25-24. The Saints tied it 25-25 and back to back kills by Granstra and Ema Altena gave Dordt the set.
Set three went to Dordt as they controlled the whole way. Dordt got up 17-9 and never saw the lead shrink to under four and won 25-17.
-Brooke Granstra had a match high 13 kills with ten digs and four block assists and she hit for a .440 kill efficiency.
-Haley Moss put down eight kills and had five block assists.
-Ema Altena had nine kills and was in on four block assists.
-Jamie Gesink had 30 assists.
-Summer Jansen recorded 12 digs
-The Defenders had a .245 kill efficiency and Ashford was limited to .095.
-Dordt outscored the Saints 9-5 on blocks and 8-4 on ace serves.
"We rose to the occasion in the second set in coming back from set point on the serving of Abby Pollema," said Dordt coach Chad Hanson. "Ashford ran a fast tempo offense that our blockers grew into defending well. It's really nice getting a second match win in three sets today. Many of our Defenders contributed in all areas of this victory."
-Dordt takes a five match winning streak into their contests with the College of the Ozarks and Rocky Mountain. The Defenders are 5-1 with their lone loss a dropped decision last week at the Northwestern Classic to Indiana Wesleyan.
-Ashford is now 7-6 and was in the receiving votes category of the NAIA Preseason Poll.