Dordt defeats Rocky Mountain 14-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-11
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sets one and two were relatively uneventful in the Dordt-Rocky Mountain match to finish the weekend at the Bruin Labor Day Classic hosted by Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. The final three sets were anything but uneventful as Dordt scored a come from behind win to run its winning streak to seven.
Rocky Mountain won sets one and two 25-14, 25-18 for a 2-0 lead.
The Defenders got going when they took the lead for good on an attack error at 8-7 in set three and won the set on an attack error 25-23.
Set four was a tight battle with Rocky Mountain leading 19-17 before Dordt went on a 6-0 run. Elizabeth Kiel started the comeback with a kill and Brooke Granstra tied it. Jenna Horstman gave the Defenders the lead with a kill and Granstra came right back with a kill for a 21-19 advantage. The run was completed by a third Granstra kill and an attack error by the Grizzlies and Dordt won the set 25-22.
Set five was tied 2-2 before Rocky Mountain had five attack errors and Dordt won it on an Granstra kill at 15-11.
-Granstra had 18 kills and 12 digs.
-Ema Altena recorded 18 kills.
-Jamie Gesink put up 63 assists and had 10 digs.
-Kiel put down nine kills and had four block assists.
-Julia Lindbergh had nine kills and Haley Moss had eight kills and assisted on five blocks.
-Dordt hit .202 for the match but hit .265 in set three, .286 in set four and .368 in set five.
-Rocky Mountain was led by Ahlea Billis with 16 kills and 14 digs and Mariah Stiffarm had 12 kills.
-Rocky Mountain hit .357 in set one and .300 in set two.
-Dordt had three service aces to five aces for Rocky Mountain.
"After a lethargic start to the match in the first two sets we responded well with a competitive focus to earn each point. This huge win for us in the preseason could only be accomplished by all 16 of our players contributing. We are playing fun volleyball and continue to improve each day,” said Dordt coach Chad Hanson.
-Rocky Mountain was no. 5 in the NAIA Pre-Season poll and this is the second year in a row Dordt beat Rocky Mountain. The Grizzlies spent part of last season no. 1 in the country.
-Dordt has won seven matches in a row dating back to a loss last weekend to Indiana Wesleyan.
-Dordt will open GPAC play on Tuesday night, September 8 against Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota. Dordt's home opener is scheduled for Thursday night, September 10 against Grand View.