Dordt defeats Doane 25-21, 25-15, 24-26, 25-16
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College bounced back from a disappointing loss in set three to turn away the Doane Tigers in GPAC play on Saturday at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center.
Dordt started slow, digging an 8-2 hole in set one before responding. The Defenders fought back to get within two at 12-10 after a Brooke Granstra kill and eventually tied it on a service error at 15-15. Dordt’s first lead came after a ball handling error by Doane at 16-15 and the Defenders built the lead to 20-17 on a block. Doane scored the next four points to lead 21-20 but a service error by Shelbi Mlynczak tied it 21-21 and Dordt scored the next four points to win it 25-21. Doane had three attack errors before Elizabeth Kiel won it with a kill.
Set two had the Defenders in front right away as they scored five of the first seven points and steadily pushed the lead to 22-12 before winning by that same margin 25-15 with Kiel again providing the game winner.
Dordt appeared poised to win set three. After getting behind 14-11 Jamie Gesink reeled off three straight ace serves and Granstra had a kill to put Dordt up 15-14. Dordt continued to control until the 17-16 point when Doane scored three in a row. The Defenders battled back to tie it 19-19 on an attack error and Dordt took the lead on a Vanessa Kooima ace serve. The Defenders got to set and match point 24-22 but a kill by Mlynzcak got Doane rolling and they scored four points in a row to win a 26-24.
Dordt re-established order with a 5-0 run to start set four. Doane got as close as one at 8-7 but the Defenders pushed in front by five with a four point run on back to back kills by Jamie Gesink, a kill by Granstra and an attack error by Doane. The lead eventually got up to 20-11 before four straight points made it interesting but Dordt scored five of the last eight points to win 25-16.
-Dordt hit for a .252 kill efficiency while limiting Doane to .099 effectiveness.
-Doane had 12 blocks to seven for the Defenders. Dordt had seven service aces and Doane had 12 service errors and Dordt had seven. Doane had just a pair of aces.
-Ema Altena led the Dordt attack with 12 kills and hit .360 in the match. Granstra and Kiel each had 11 kills and Jenna Horstman had nine.
-Jamie Gesink put up 41 assists and had six kills with ten digs. Granstra also had 16 digs and Summer Jansen had 18. Gesink had four service aces and a solo block.
-Dordt has won three matches in a row since back to back losses over a week ago.
-Mlynczak had 12 kills and Megan Fletcher had eight for the Tigers.
-The Defenders will take an 8-1 GPAC record into their match with current no. 2 nationally Viterbo on Tuesday. Dordt also is scheduled to face Mount Marty on Wednesday in Yankton before traveling to Midland on Saturday.
-Doane is 5-4 in the league and 14-9 overall.
COACH HANSON SAYS
“We came out strong in the fourth set and responded well. We had great communication. The service line picked up for us and I love how finished out this match,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson. “They are historically a gritty team (Doane). They showed that I’m really glad we matched that.”
Briar Cliff University 3, College of Saint Mary 2
Midland University 3, Northwestern College 2
Dordt College 3, Doane College 1
Concordia University 3, Nebraska Wesleyan University 0