Dordt defeats Viterbo 26-28, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College turned away Viterbo (Wisconsin) in non-conference volleyball play on Tuesday night in Sioux Center.
Set one featured nine ties and five lead changes and neither team led by more than four points. Viterbo took a 17-13 lead only to have Dordt battle back to tie it 22-22 on a service ace by Jamie Gesink. The Defenders were down 24-23 when a service error by Brooke Granstra put the visitors at set point. Dordt tied it on a Haley Moss kill but Viterbo answered with a Natalie Geidel kill to again get to set point. An attack error by Viterbo tied it 25-25 and Ema Altena had a kill for a 26-25 lead but the VHawks tied it at 26-26 and the visitors won it 28-26 with right side hitter Emily Wiersma.
Set two featured eight ties, the last at 12-12 as Dordt took the lead for good on a Jenna Horstman kill for a 13-12 lead and an attack error by Viterbo made it 14-12. Altena added a kill to make the lead 15-12 and Viterbo got no closer than two as Dordt got the game winner on an attack error to even the match.
Set three had 14 ties with five lead changes. The largest lead was three and that’s what Dordt won by. Dordt was down 16-14 when an attack error narrowed the lead to one and a set error tied the score 16-16. An Altena kill put the Defenders up 17-16 and the lead eventually grew to 19-17 on a set error. Viterbo fought back to tie the set at 20, 21 and 22. A Granstra kill gave Dordt a 23-22 lead and an attack error put Dordt up 24-22. An Elizabeth Kiel kill won the set and gave Dordt a 2-1 match lead.
Set four saw Haley Moss put down two of the first three points for the Defenders but Viterbo built a 10-7 lead after a ball handling error was called on Dordt. Back to back attack errors got Dordt back to tied 12-12 and an Altena kill gave Dordt a brief 13-12 lead. The VHawks bounced back with five of the next six points for a 17-14 lead. Two kills by Horstman and a kill by Granstra tied the set and the two teams were tied at 18 and 19 before an attack error pushed Dordt in front for good. Horstman had a kill followed by an attack error for three points of breathing room at 22-19. Dordt got a break when a Viterbo attack was knocked back over the net by Summer Jansen as the sophomore libero headed the ball back over and it stayed in the court for a 23-19 lead. The two teams traded points and Dordt won it on a block for a 25-20 win.
-Dordt was led by Brooke Granstra’s 15 kills with one error and a .467 kill efficiency and she had ten digs.
-Jenna Horstman had 12 kills and three solo blocks with two assisted blocks and Ema Altena had 11 kills with a solo and three assisted blocks.
-Jamie Gesink put up 44 assists and four digs for Dordt.
-Summer Jansen had a team high 18 digs for Dordt and Elizabeth Kiel had one solo and nine assisted blocks.
-Haley Moss had seven kills and five assisted blocks with one solo.
-Dordt hit .197 for the match and recorded 18 points with blocks and two service aces.
-Viterbo had a .110 kill efficiency and scored 15 points on blocks. The VHawks had 33 attack errors and one service ace.
-Natalie Geidel had 16 kills and Elissa Herman added 11.
-Amelia Grahn had 41 assists and Jennifer Krentz got to 21 digs.
-Viterbo was unbeaten entering the match and was voted into the no. 1 spot in the Tachikara/NAIA Coaches’ Poll released earlier today. The VHawks are now 26-1.
-Dordt is 17-3 overall and was no. 13 in the same coaches’ poll.
-Dordt has won four matches in a row since back to back losses in late September and early October.
-This is the first win for Dordt in the series as the two teams have now played once each season in the last five campaigns.
-Dordt resumes play on Wednesday night, October 14 against Mount Marty in Yankton, South Dakota.
COACH HANSON SAYS
“They are a very established program. Year in and year out they’re at the national tournament. For our group to come out and play focused volleyball was a joy to see them slough off errors and points for Viterbo and celebrate points on our scoreboard and just keep working together,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.
Hanson postmatch comments.