Dordt defeats Midland 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 25-14, 19-25, 15-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College won its GPAC volleyball match with Midland on Saturday, October 17 in Fremont, Nebraska by a 3-2 count.
The Defenders started slowly in set one, falling behind 4-1 before scoring four points in a row on kills by Jamie Gesink and Brooke Granstra and a pair of Midland attack errors. Dordt eventually built its lead to 13-10 on an Ema Altena kill and Dordt increased the lead to as many as five at 16-11 as three different Defenders, Elizabeth Kiel, Granstra and Altena all had kills. Midland got now closer than two at 18-16 before falling 25-21 with the last point coming on a Warrior attack error.
The hosts bounced back to build a 17-12 lead in set two and held on as Dordt charged back to trim the lead to 21-20 on a Jill Schouten ace serve. Three points in a row pushed the lead back to 24-20 and Midland won it 25-21.
Five straight attack errors by Midland in set three pushed Dordt ahead 5-0 and the hosts never recovered in falling behind 15-5. Midland got no closer than seven points and lost 25-14. Dordt was unable to maintain the momentum in set four, building a slight 8-6 lead before five points in a row by the Warriors put them up 11-8. An Ema Altena kill cut the difference to two points at 14-12, but the hosts forced a set five contest with a 25-19 win.
Set five had the Warriors scoring the first two points on a service ace and an attack error by the Defenders. Dordt responded with a three point run on a Granstra kill and back to back service aces by Summer Jansen. A tie followed at 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5. A Granstra kill gave Dordt its fifth point and an attack error put Dordt up for good at 6-5. Kiel added a kill to finish the three-point run. A kill by KC Heimann stopped the Dordt run but a ball handling error by Midland followed by an attack error pushed the lead to 9-6. Abby Pollema followed with an ace before Midland stopped the string to make it.
Back to back points on an Altena kill and a Midlan attack error pushed the difference to 12-7 and the teams swapped points to 14-9. Midland scored three in a row to put pressure on and forced Dordt to call a timeout. Jenna Horstman knocked a kill off a blocker to finish the set and the match.
-Dordt won its second match of the week against a team in the top-two of this week’s NAIA poll. Dordt beat no. 1 Viterbo on Tuesday and Midland was no. 2.
-Dordt is now in sole possession first place in the GPAC with a 10-1 record and five matches to play. Midland falls into a tie with Northwestern and Hastings with 9-2 records while Concordia is 8-2.
-Dordt has won six matches in a row and is 3-1 in matches that have gone five sets.
-Midland lost back to back matches this week after winning 22 straight to start the season.
-Brooke Granstra had a team high 17 kills with nine digs.
-Ema Altena had 13 kills and Kiel had 11 with four block assists.
-Jenna Horstman recorded ten kills.
-Jamie Gesink put up 52 assists and had eight digs and was in on four block assists.
-Summer Jansen recorded a team high 20 digs for Dordt.
-Dordt had nine points on blocks to eight for Midland.
-Dordt had six ace serves to five for Midland.
-The Defenders had kill efficiencies of .324, .385 and .190 in the sets it won and a .237 overall kill efficiency.
-Midland was limited to .140 for the match and hit .178, -.081 and .222 in the sets it lost.
-Priscilla O’Dowd had a match high 23 assists for Midland and Darcy Barry had 21 digs.
-This is the only match the two teams are scheduled to play this season.
-Dordt will travel to Briar Cliff on Tuesday, October 20 in its next play.
COACH HANSON SAYS
“This match was great for our program and we felt confident going into it. It’s a reminder for us to continue striving for excellence together and great things will continue to happen. This week was monumental for our season simply due to the unique nature of playing the top two ranked teams in the country in regular matches and winning both,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.