No. 15 Dordt defeats no. 22 Grand View (Iowa) 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-16
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College defeated Grand View in a matchup of top-25 ranked teams on Thursday night, September 10 in non-conference volleyball.
Dordt College overcame a slow start to win in four, steadily gaining momentum in the first home match for the Defenders this season.
Dordt College never led in set one, falling behind by as many as five points as late as 15-10 after a kill by Taylor Wells for the Vikings. Dordt did battled back and tied the set with a four point run with kills by Elizabeth Kiel, Kayla Gesink, a setting error on Grand View and another kill by Kiel. Grand View stopped the run with a Kadie Subbert kill and went on to win 25-22.
Set two saw the Defenders in front most of the way with three ties early, the last at 13-13 after Dordt had built an 11-7 advantage. Dordt answered the challenge with a three point run on a Gesink kill and back to back set errors by the Vikings. Grand View closed to within one on four occasions, the last at 22-21 but the Defenders responded with a kill by Granstra and the Defenders forced a Grand View attack error to get to set point and a Granstra kill ended it and tied the set 1-1.
With the momentum behind them, the Defenders switched up where they started their rotation in set three and it paid dividends with Dordt leading 18-11. Grand View was never able to make a charge as Dordt did not commit an attack error in set three and won 25-15.
Set four was similar in that Dordt got up 14-11 and then used a six point run to put the set away. An attack error by the visitors started the run and a kill by Jenna Horstman ended the six point splurge. The Vikings got no closer than six as the Defenders scored their final three points on a pair of errors and a Moss kill.
-Brooke Granstra provided 14 kills and 12 digs with three block assists for the Defenders and she hit for a .394 kill efficiency.
-Jamie Gesink had nine kills, 40 assists, one ace and seven digs with four block assists.
-Elizabeth Kiel had eight kills against one error and hit for .438 kill efficiency.
-Haley Moss and Jenna Horstman both had six kills and Moss had a solo block and three assists.
-Summer Jansen had a team high 26 digs and Jill Schouten had 10.
-Grand View was paced by Kadie Subbert with 19 kills and Katie Roberts had 29 assists.
-Dordt had three service aces and Grand View had five.
-Dordt scored ten points on blocks and Grand View scored six.
-Dordt had a .636 kill efficiency in set three and hit .293 for the match.
-Grand View had seven attack errors in set three and ten in set four and hit .106 for the match.
-Grand View was charged with six set errors.
-Dordt was able to overcome 13 service errors and the Defenders had seven of their 15 total attack errors in set one.
-Dordt has won nine matches in a row after a season opening loss to Indiana Wesleyan in August.
"I thought from the service line in set one we were a little softer and tentative. Felt like from the defensive and blocking side were just were not in a good position," Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.
"It was really important that we try some different configurations. The personnel was all in the same spot (in the rotation). Their number 13 (Subbert) was a key player for them and had a great night attacking on the left side and we wanted to get our rightside Haley Moss out there and get her a few more block opportunities against her. I don’t know that we scored a ton more but our defense and block was very stable around Haley in that blocking role."
Hear the entire postgame interview with Coach Hanson here.
Dordt is now 9-1 and will be off until Wednesday, September 16 against Mount Marty in Sioux Center. Grand View is now 7-4.