Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan in GPAC volleyball 25-14, 25-22, 25-19
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt started fast in set one and fought off challenges in set two win its first GPAC volleyball match of the season on Tuesday night in Mitchell, South Dakota.
The Defenders vaulted out to a 7-3 lead in set one as they took advantage of an Ema Altena kill, a Dakota Wesleyan attack error, a Jamie Gesink ace serve and Julia Lindbergh kill to build the lead with a total of five straight points. The lead ranged from seven to four points until a Brooke Granstra kill ignited another run by the Defenders, this time a seven point splurge to go from up 17-11 to up 24-11 and Dordt went on to win 25-14.
Set two looked similar with Dordt leading 17-10. The Tigers responded by putting pressure on the Defenders and cut the lead to 21-19. Three straight points put the hosts up 22-21 before the Defenders answered. Elizabeth Kiel had a kill to tie it a and back to back attack errors by the Tigers got the Defenders to set point with Jenna Horstman finishing the set with a kill.
Set three was tight up to a 15-15 tie, featuring 11 ties up to that point. A Lindbergh kill started a run of eight points in a row that put Dordt in the driver's seat and the Tigers never got closer than three with Audrey Drake finishing the match with an ace serve for the Defenders.
-Dordt's balanced attack was led by Lindbergh's 10 kills.
-Brooke Granstra had eight kills on 13 swings with no errors and had a .615 kill efficiency. Granstra also had nine digs and two ace serves.
-Ema Altena and Elizabeth Kiel got credit for six kills with Altena recording a .286 kill efficiency and Kiel a .308.
-Summer Jansen, this week's defensive player of the week in the GPAC, led all players with 22 digs.
-Dordt hit .308 as a team and had just 11 attack errors in the three sets and two service errors.
-Dakota Wesleyan was led by Lauren Tadlock with 13 kills and Michelle Van Epps put up 20 assists.
-Wesleyan was charged with 17 attack errors and five service errors while recording a .145 kill efficiency.
-Dordt has won the last 31 matches with Dakota Wesleyan dating back to 1998.
"Overall it's nice to get a three set win especially on the road," said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson. "The real challenge is the emotional drive and focus to compete well. In some sense, from my perspective we did let down. From our self evaluation at the end of the match and critiqued and gave ourselves a letter grade we were real with each other on our overall performance and execution. Nonetheless, full credit to Dakota Wesleyan. They pushed us in the second and third sets."
"I do feel we are making neat improvements in each of our rotations. Jamie is running a nice fluid offense."
"I love personnel we are getting involved. I think we are utilizing and tapping into each of the strengths in each of our rotations."
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Dordt will host Grand View on Thursday night. The Defenders are 8-1 overall and 1-0 in the GPAC. Dakota Wesleyan falls to 6-2 and 0-1.