NAIA National Championship
Georgetown def. Dordt 25-19, 25-23, 25-23
HOW IT HAPPENED
Georgetown (Kentucky) was in control most of the match and held off each Dordt challenge on the way to the 3-0 win in pool play on day one at the NAIA National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Defenders led briefly in set one when a Dordt block made it 3-2 for the Defenders. Back to back points by the Tigers pushed them in front 4-3 and they never trailed again with Dordt tying at 4-4. The Tigers extended the lead to 16-12 but a service error, ball handling error and attack error got Dordt to within 16-15. Georgetown had an answer and responded with four points in a row, forcing Dordt to use its final time out and the Tigers held on to win 25-19.
Set two was tighter but the Defenders were never able to overtake the Tigers after Dordt relinquished a 6-5 lead with Georgetown getting back to back points. The Defenders would battle to within one on several occasions and actually tied it 18-18 on a service ace by Abby Pollema but the Tigers again had an answer with three straight points. Dordt was still down 24-20 when it mounted one final rally but cut the gap to 24-23 with a kill by Brooke Granstra, a service ace by Summer Jansen and an attack error by the Tigers. A timeout by the Tigers stopped the momentum and a Dordt attack error ended the set. The set featured nine ties before Georgetown finished the 2-0 difference.
Set three was equally tight with Dordt establishing control with an 11-7 lead. The Tigers stopped the momentum with a three point run and then took the lead with three point run to go from down 13-11 to up 14-13. Dordt tied it on an attack error but the Tigers followed with another four point run to lead 18-14. Dordt rallied from the four point deficit to tie the game at 22-22 with a kill by Brooke Granstra and an attack error by the Tigers getting the Defenders to even. Back to back points got the Tigers to match point with a block and a kill and the Tigers eventually won it 25-23.
-Dordt committed an uncustomary 19 errors and hit for a .127 kill efficiency.
-Georgetown had a .214 kill efficiency.
-Both teams scored nine points on blocks.
-Both teams had four service aces.
-Georgetown had a 48-43 dig advantage.
-Dordt’s Ema Altena and Brooke Granstra both had nine kills. Jenna Horstman added seven.
-Jamie Gesink had 26 assists for the Defenders and got to 10 digs.
-Summer Jansen had a match high 13 digs and Abby Pollema had three service aces.
-Haley Moss topped Dordt with five blocks.
-Georgetown got 13 kills by Jenny Howell and nine by Lauren Schneidtmiller.
-Courtney Grafton and Schneidtmiller each had ten digs for the Tigers.
Dordt will face the overall no. 2 seed in the field Viterbo (Wisconsin) on Wednesday at 5:45. Georgetown faces Olivet Nazarene (Illinois) on Wednesday night as well.
Dordt is 24-6 while Georgetown improves to 30-6. Dordt and Olivet Nazarene are 0-1 in pool play while Georgetown and Viterbo are both 1-0.
COACH HANSON SAID
“I thought we were serve receiving passing decent and enough to score points. In the second set we were tracking it and I think we had nine or ten attack errors. For our attackers who are big and hit at a high contact we know we need to produce more from that standpoint alone. We gave them (Georgetown) quite a bit to work with by hitting balls right into their arms and they were the benefactors of some successful blocks. Full credit to Georgetown, the played great volleyball tonight. We missed an opportunity tonight in this opening match to play great…however the match turned out we missed an opportunity tonight to play great volleyball,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.
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