NAIA National First Round
Dordt def. Mount Mercy 25-19, 25-22, 25-19
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College used a potent attack at the net to turn away Mount Mercy (Iowa) in three sets and advance to the NAIA National Championship Final Site in Sioux City, Iowa beginning December 1.
The Defenders never trailed by more than one point and used a balanced attack to advance to Sioux City. Dordt led 11-6 in set one before Mount Mercy put together a four point run as Cori Peterzalek put away two kills and Dordt committed a pair of attack errors.
A Brooke Granstra kill put the Defenders up 12-10. Dordt six of the next nine points to lead 18-13 but the Mustangs scored four out of five to get within 19-17 but a four point run by the Defenders with a pair of kills by Ema Altena and another Granstra kill put Dordt up 23-17 and the Defenders evetully won it on a Jenna Horstman kill for the 25-19 final.
Set two was the most competitive set of the match with ten ties, the last of which came at 18-18. Dordt trailed briefly at 19-18 when Mount Mercy’s Emma Pisarik recorded a kill. Horstman answered for the Defenders and an attack error by the Mustangs put Dordt up for good 20-19. Mount Mercy used a timeout to try to slow the momentum but a ball handling error and an attack error by the Mustangs put Dordt up 22-19 and Mount Mercy would get no closer than two before Altena ended the set with a kill.
Set three saw Dordt get up 8-3 and the hosts steadily build the lead to 20-12 before Dordt settled for the 25-19 win with Altena again finishing the set with a kill.
-Dordt hit for a .301 kill efficiency with 48 kills while Mount Mercy had 35 kills with a .145 kill efficiency.
-Dordt recorded seven points on blocks and Mount Mercy had four.
-Both teams had one ace serve.
-Altena had 14 kills for Dordt with a .423 kill efficiency.
-Jenna Horstman had 11 kills as she and Altena combined for 25 kills with five errors and 47 total attacks.
-Brooke Granstra added ten kills with nine digs for Dordt and Jamie Gesink had 35 assists.
-Aubrey Drake led Dordt with 12 digs.
-Mount Mercy was topped by Cori Peterzalek with 13 kills and Abbie Perez had 13 assists and Hannah Whitley had 12. Lauren Stopko got to a team high 12 digs.
-Dordt is 24-5 and advances in its 11th NAIA National Championship appearance.
-Dordt last advanced to Sioux City for the final site of the event two years ago when the Defenders advanced out of pool play and was eliminated in the round of 12.
-Mount Mercy was making its first ever appearance in the National Championship Field.
-Pool assignments for the event in Sioux City will be released late Sunday afternoon, November 22.
-The NAIA National Championship Field will consist of 24 teams at Sioux City, comprising six pools. The top two teams in each pool qualify for elimination play beginning on Friday, December 4.
COACH HANSON SAID
“This last week of practice we tried to keep things fresh and did some intrasquad scrimmages of different variety. As the match unfolded I really liked what I saw on the court and had great confidence in how we were playing playing volleyball. They really like setting to their outside hitters. They ran a modified tempo and I feel good with our adjustments within the game. We wanted to attack out of our middle offense. In the second set we missed several serves that let them off the hook and kept the second set close," said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.