Northwestern defeats Dordt 25-22, 25-14, 18-25, 25-19.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Northwestern won a match of nationally ranked teams on Wednesday night, September 30 in Orange City by a 3-1 count over Dordt College.
Dordt battled from behind most of sets one and two before taking set three to force set four which Northwestern pulled away late in to win and hand Dordt its first loss of the GPAC season.
Northwestern used a four point run to break a 3-3 tie in set one and took a 7-3 lead. A service error by Northwestern broke the run and Dordt eventually cut the gap to 11-10 when the Defenders recorded back to back points on a block and a Brooke Granstra kill. Dordt never took the lead as Northwestern maintained a four point lead for much of the remainder of the set. Dordt did narrow the difference to two points late in the set but got no closer in dropping the 25-22 decision.
Set two had ties early at 1, 2, 4 and 5 but a service error by the Defenders followed by a kill put Northwestern up 7-5. A Granstra kill got Dordt to within 7-6 but three straight Northwestern points put them in the drivers set and the hosts closed the match with a run of seven out of eight points to win 25-14.
Dordt did bounce back in set three with a run of three points in a row off a service error, a Haley Moss kill and a block to go from down 7-6 to up 9-7. Dordt never trailed the rest of the set and ran off four in row to go from up 18-15 to up 22-15 and took the eventual 25-18 win on a Granstra kill.
Set four was tied 14-14 when Northwestern went on a five point run and Dordt got no closer than three the rest of the set before falling 25-19.
-Dordt hit for a .149 kill efficiency while Northwestern hit .310.
-Dordt had seven points on blocks to six for Northwestern. Northwestern had four service aces while Dordt had three.
-The Defenders were led by Haley Moss with 13 kills and Brooke Granstra had 12.
-Ema Altena and Elizabeth Kiel had seven and six kills each for the Defenders.
-Jamie Gesink put up 39 assists for Dordt.
-Summer Jansen had ten digs and Gesink 9.
-Northwestern was led by Karlie Schut’s 17 kills and Lauryn Hilger had 16. Jessa Doom put up 46 assists and Jillian Estes had a match high 15 digs.
-Dordt lost for the first time since a season opening loss on August 28. This was the first loss for Dordt in September.
-Northwestern entered the match no. 12 in the country and Dordt is no. 14.
-Dordt is 13-2 overall and 5-1 in the GPAC. Northwestern is 17-4 and 5-1.
-Dordt travels to Jamestown to face the Jimmies on Thursday, October 1 and will face the College of Saint Mary on Saturday, October 3.
COACH HANSON SAID
“Sets one and two I believe we were passive and it pains me to say that. We came out passive and we let Northwestern dictate our offense. They dictated our defense and we started to break down. It was a frustrating vulnerable spot and they did a good job of exploiting that. They deserved to win tonight and we have to respond from the first serve.
We have to be prepared for what the opposing hitters are doing. That third set was a bright spot. That was great Dordt volleyball and was a beautiful picture in a very tense setting.”
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