Dordt defeats Briar Cliff 25-21, 25-18, 25-16
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College never trailed in beating Briar Cliff 3-0 in GPAC play on Tuesday night at the Newman Flanagan Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Dordt jumped out to a 6-2 lead with Ema Altena getting a pair of early kills for the Defenders. Dordt maintained at least a three point lead, but was never able to put the Chargers away and called a timeout when its lead was cut from 19-13 to 19-16. A service error out of the timeout and a ballhandling error on the next point got the Defenders to a five point cushion and the Defenders went on to win the set on a Briar Cliff attack error 25-21.
Set two was more of the same with Briar Cliff keeping it close to 10-9 when a three point run on kills by Jenna Horstman and Altena and a block put the Defenders up 13-9 and Dordt went on to win 25-18 as they were never seriously challenged.
Dordt scored the first four points of set three and Briar Cliff got as close as 7-6 before a three-point run put Dordt up 10-6 and the Chargers got no closer than 11-9 before losing 25-16.
NUMBERS AND NOTES
-Dordt had 38 kills and a .255 kill efficiency including a .440 kill efficiency in set three.
-Briar Cliff was limited to a .065 kill efficiency with 29 kills and 22 errors.
-Dordt had eight points on blocks and Briar Cliff four.
-Ema Altena led Dordt with 11 kills and Jenna Horstman added eight.
-Brooke Wolterstorff had seven kills and nine digs for Dordt.
-Elizabeth Kiel recorded seven block assists and six kills for the Defenders. Julia Lindbergh had five kills.
-Jamie Gesink put up 35 assists and Summer Jansen had 13 digs for Dordt.
-Dordt played without Haley Moss for the second match in a row.
-Briar Cliff was without Katelyn Langel, its leading hitter.
-BriarCliff had 11 kills from Breanna Nogelmeier and 10 by Toni Beck. The Chargers got no more than two kills from any other player.
-Dordt is 20-3 this season and 11-1 in the conference with four matches remaining.
-Briar Cliff is 6-6 in the GPAC and 14-8 overall.
COACH HANSON SAYS
“We really did respond well and came out with more dialogue, more celebration in between points and made for a more enjoyable third set. Overall we were trying hard, we were performing but we just looked flat out there.”
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