Dordt defeats Northwestern 28-26, 18-25, 25-19, 18-25, 16-
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College earned a come from behind win in set five to take its GPAC match with Northwestern in front of a near capacity crowd at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa. The tussle which took well over two hours wasn’t decided until Dordt scored four points in a row to win set five and the match and along with it the outright Great Plains Athletic Conference regular season title.
Set one featured 15 ties and a three point lead at one point for the Defenders and a two point lead at one point for Northwestern. Dordt was up 12-9 after an Elizabeth Kiel kill but Northwestern battled back to tie it at 14-14 and 16-16. The set was tied at 17-17 before Northwestern went up with back to back points with a kill by Caitlyn Van Es and an attack error by Dordt College. Northwestern was still up 22-20 when Dordt went on a four point run and was serving for the set. A Lauryn Hilger kill gave Northwestern service and Northwestern eventually went up 25-24 after a Dordt attack error put the visitors on set point. Jenna Horstman tied it with a kill and Dordt took the lead with a point off a block. After another Northwestern kill Dordt finally scored back to back points on kills by Granstra and Horstman to win the set 28-26.
Northwestern never trailed in set two and used a .394 kill efficiency in the set to win 25-18. The Defenders rebounded to take an early lead in set three and never trailed. Northwestern rebounded from a 15-10 deficit to tie the set 18-18 and it was tied again 19-19 before the Defenders closed on a 6-0 run. Granstra, Kiel and Jamie Gesink each had kill for the first three points of the run and Horstman and Granstra ended the run after a Northwestern attack error.
Up 2-1, Dordt led only briefly at the start of set four and lost a 25-18 decision as the Raiders pulled away from a 21-17 advantage to win 25-18 to set up the decisive set five.
Set five featured five ties in the first ten total points. A Northwestern attack error put Dordt up 6-5 and a kill by Granstra followed by a Drake ace propelled Dordt to an eventual 10-5. Northwestern regrouped and scored seven of the next eight points to lead 12-11. Dordt tied it with a Gesink kill but Northwestern took a critical 13th point in the set on an attack error by Dordt. A kill by Northwestern’s Schut put the visitors up 14-12 and had them serving for the match and a share of the GPAC title.
A service error slowed the momentum and Dordt tied it on a setting error by Northwestern. After a Northwestern tie the Defenders took the lead on an attack error and a setting error on the next serve gave Dordt the point and the match 16-14.
-Dordt wins its first GPAC regular season title since 2005 when the Defenders finished off a stretch of three conference titles in a row and five out of the first six GPAC titles awarded.
-The Defenders had a team kill efficiency of .219 while Northwestern hit for a .276 kill efficiency.
-Dordt managed to win in set five despite five attack errors while Northwestern had three.
-Dordt had six service errors and Northwestern eight. Northwestern had six service aces and Dordt five.
-Dordt scored 10 points on blocks and Northwestern scored seven.
-Brooke Granstra led Dordt with 20 kills and had 16 digs.
-Jenna Horstman recorded 14 kills and Elizabeth Kiel had 11 kills for Dordt and Kiel had a match high seven block assists.
-Ema Altena and Jamie Gesink recorded nine and eight kills each and Gesink had 55 assists with seven digs.
-Haley Moss recorded seven kills for Dordt and Summer Jansen had a team high and match high 22 digs.
-Northwestern was led by Karlie Schut with 14 kills and she had 14 digs. Schut had a match high three service aces.
-Lauryn Hilger had 13 kills and 17 digs while Caitlyn Van Es had 13 kills and three block assists to Hilger’s four.
-Jessa Doom matched Jamie Gesink’s 55 assists with 55 for Northwestern.
-The win allowed Dordt sole possession of the GPAC championship. A loss would have split the title four ways between Dordt, Northwestern, Midland and Hastings.
-This is the seventh time since 2010 that Dordt and Northwestern have played five set matches. Dordt has won the last two times these teams have met at the De Witt Gym—both were five set contests.
-All four of Northwestern’s losses in GPAC play have come in five sets.
-Dordt has now won three matches in a row and 10 of their last 11.
-Dordt is 23-4 overall and 14-2 in the GPAC. Northwestern is 12-4 in the GPAC and 24-7 overall.
COACH HANSON SAID
“This year, in the time I’ve been here, is the hardest conference schedule. This is the hardest championship schedule it took to win (in Hanson’s five years). What a joyous experience and outcome for our program. We stayed in the hunt in set two. We got into a deficit and had to play from behind.”
Hear Hanson post match comments here.
The GPAC Tournament champion earns an automatic berth to the NAIA National Volleyball Championships.
GPAC Volleyball Quarterfinals – Saturday, November 7
Records listed as (Overall, GPAC)
#8 College of Saint Mary (12-16, 3-13) at #1 Dordt (23-4, 14-2), 7:30pm
#5 Northwestern (24-7,12-4) at #4 Concordia (24-7,12-4), 7:30pm
#6 Briar Cliff (17-10, 9-7) at #3 Hastings (22-7, 13-3), 7:30pm
#7 Doane (19-12,9-7)at #2 Midland (26-3, 13-3),7:30pm
GPAC Volleyball Semifinals – Wednesday, November 11
Highest Seed Hosts
#4/#5 Winner vs. #1/#8 Winner, 7:30pm
#3/#6 Winner vs. #2/#7 Winner, 7:30pm
GPAC Volleyball Championship - Saturday, November 14
Semifinal Winners, At Highest Seed, Time TBA