Dordt defeats Nebraska Wesleyan 25-13, 25-22, 25-21.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt set the tone early in the match with a 4-1 lead in set one and after getting challenged responded with a four point run to go from up 9-8 to up 13-8 with a pair of aces by Aubrey Drake finishing the four point run. A six point run sealed it with Dordt going from up 17-11 to up 23-11. A pair of kills by Haley Moss and Elizabeth Kiel and Julia Lindbergh both had two kills to help the cause. Dordt hit .341 in set one while limiting the visitors to negative numbers in hitting with five kills and seven errors.
Dordt was rolling in set two with a 22-13 lead but the visitors went on an 8-0 run. A Moss kill ended the run and Dordt went on to win set two 25-22 with Jamie Gesink finishing the set with a kill.
Set three had Dordt trailing early as the visitors got out to an 8-4 lead. Dordt fought back to even the score at 9-9 on a Brooke Granstra kill. The score was tied again at 10-10 before Dordt went on a four point run with a pair of Wesleyan attack errors helping the Dordt cause. The Prairie Wolves continued to battle and tied it at 16-16 and again at 17-17, 19-19 and 20-20. A Granstra kill put Dordt up 21-20 and Moss followed with a kill and an attack error gave Dordt its third point in a row. A Wesleyan block ended the run but back to back kills by Moss finished the set and match for Dordt.
-Dordt was led by Haley Moss’s 16 kills against one error and 24 swings for a .625 kill efficiency. Moss also had five digs.
-Elizabeth Kiel, Ema Altena and Brooke Granstra all had six kills and Julia Lindbergh had five kills for the Defenders as Dordt had a .274 kill efficiency.
-Jamie Gesink put up a team high 31 assists for Dordt.
-Granstra had 14 digs and Summer Jansen got to 17 digs.
-Drake and Abby Pollema both had two service aces.
-Dordt has now won 13 matches in a row and is 5-0 in GPAC play.
-Wesleyan was limited to a .042 kill efficiency in the match and Dordt had a .274 kill efficiency.
-Both teams had seven blocks.
-Dordt improves to 13-1 and is 5-0 in GPAC play.
-Nebraska Wesleyan is 4-9 overall and 0-5 in the GPAC.
-Dordt will play three road matches next week as the Defenders travel to Northwestern on Wednesday, Jamestown on Thursday and the College of Saint Mary on Saturday.
COACH HANSON SAYS
"I feel like we backed off and we got quieter,” said Hanson of the closer scores in sets two and three. "I’m disappointed by that. I’m pleased that we got the win but not pleased how we got the win. We let off the accelerator from my perspective."
"Haley brought a spirit of ‘get after it’ tonight. She communicated very, very well both in the blocking side and that attacking side in letting Jamie know when she was available. Jamie put up some beautiful balls back there and that led to some scoring opportunities."
Coach Hanson post match comments can be heard here.