Dordt defeats Morningside 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College fought off a determined Morningside volleyball team on Wednesday night in Sioux Center.
Dordt controlled set one from the midpoint on, scoring four points in a row to pull out to a 16-12 lead with an Elizabeth Kiel kill followed by a ball handling error, and back to back attack errors. Morningside cut the lead down to 18-16 but Dordt had an answer with a Jenna Horstman kill followed by an attack error and another Horstman kill. Julia Lindbergh finished the run with a kill to lead 22-16. Ema Altena scored Dordt’s final two points to win the set 25-19.
Dordt led all of set two after getting out to a 6-0 lead. Morningside did battle back to cut the lead to 15-14 and 17-15 but a kill by Jamie Gesink got the Defenders up by three and Horstman followed with a kill for a 19-15 lead. An attack error got the Defenders to 20-15 and Brooke Granstra had a pair of kills for Dordt’s final points to win 25-18.
Set three was a reversal of fortune for the Defenders the Mustangs built a 10-7 lead with a five point run. Morningside eventually got up 18-12. Dordt had a four point run to get within 18-16 and the hosts got as close as 24-23 but a Jennifer Buyert kill won the set for the Mustangs 25-23.
Morningside continued to ride the momentum of that win to a 9-3 lead with Jennifer Bergman recording a kill. The lead was still 14-7 when Dordt began its comeback with a Jenna Horstman kill. Abby Pollema had an ace and Kiel recorded two kills as the Defenders to within 14-12. Back to back points by Morningside pushed the lead to 16-12 but Dordt had an answer with an eight point run. Kiel started the run with back to back kills and Jill Schouten had an ace serve to follow. The two teams traded points to 21-17 but Morningside got three in a row to cut it to 21-20. Dordt had a three point run of its own with Altena and Granstra getting back to back kills. Granstra and Gesink combined for a block to get the Defenders to match point. Morningside fought off set point to 24-21 but Granstra and Gesink had another block to give Dordt the 25-21 win.
-Dordt hit for a .306 kill efficiency while limiting Morningside to .195.
-Granstra led Dordt with 18 kills on 35 attacks with four errors. Altena had 17 kills and Horstman and Kiel both had 11.
-Gesink put up 50 assists and had five kills with four block assists and 13 digs. Granstra also had four block assists.
-Jansen had 22 digs for Dordt.
-Morningside got 16 kills from Jennifer Buyert and 13 by London Bockenstodt.
-Dordt is 12-2 in the league and 21-4 overall and will face Concordia on Saturday, October 31 in Seward, Nebraska.
-Morningside is 3-11 in the GPAC and 8-18 overall.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We just continued playing volleyball and played hard and kept trying and competing. It was good character building. We talked to Jamie and reminded her to keep finding those hitters in the different rotations that could produce the kill for us,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson. “Our ball control passers let her do that and Brooke really, really produced. Elizabeth really came alive in the third and fourth sets and was a stabilizer for us.”