NAIA National Championship
Viterbo def. Dordt 25-18, 25-18, 25-27, 27-29, 15-11
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College was stopped short in its thrilling comeback attempt to no. 2 ranked Viterbo (Wisconsin) in Pool B play at the NAIA National Volleyball Championship in Sioux City, Iowa. Dordt rallied from an 0-2 deficit to force set five but was unable to complete the comeback in falling 15-11.
Dordt led 16-15 in set one after a service error by the V-Hawks broke the 15-15 tie but Viterbo answered with three straight points to lead 18-16 and Viterbo never trailed again, closing the set on a four point run.
Set two had the Defenders fighting from behind most of the way before recovering to cut the gap to 19-16 and 21-18. Again Viterbo closed the set with a four point run to prevail 25-18.
Set three saw the Defenders bounce back and take a 9-5 lead with five points in a row and the Defenders capped the run with an Aubrey Drake ace serve. Viterbo gradually chipped off points from the lead and took a 16-14 lead. The Defenders got points on a kill by Haley Moss and an attack error to tie it 16-16 and the score was tied at 17, 18, 19 and 24. Dordt got the final two points of the set on a kill by Ema Altena and an attack error by the V-Hawks.
Set four was equally tense with Dordt’s 15-10 advantage the largest of the set. Viterbo tied eventually came back to tie the score 20-20 and took a brief lead at 21-20. Dordt re-established control with three straight points on a kill by Jenna Horstman and back to back attack errors by Viterbo. Dordt got to match point up 24-22 but Viterbo tied it 24-24 with a Dordt attack error and a Geidel kill. Altena pushed Dordt up 25-24 but the V-Hawks scored on back to back points for a 26-25 lead. It was Altena that again came up with the kill to even the score but Viterbo answered to get to match point again 27-26. The Defenders were finally able to win the set with three straight points triggered by a Brooke Granstra kill and back to back V-Hawk errors.
With the momentum squarely behind them, the Defenders took a 3-0 lead in set five but Viterbo rallied to tie it 5-5 and took the lead for good with back to back points at 9-7. The lead grew to five and Dordt never got closer than three in falling 15-11.
-Dordt falls to 0-2 in pool play and will face Olivet Nazarene to finish pool play on Thursday at 5:45.
-Viterbo will take a 2-0 record into its pool play match with Georgetown (Kentucky) on Thursday night at 8:00. Georgetown is also 2-0.
-Dordt had 52 kills and 26 attack errors and an overall .138 kill efficiency.
-Viterbo had 71 kills with 33 errors and a .179 kill efficiency.
-Viterbo had 12 points on blocks to Dordt’s nine. Dordt had six ace serves to eight for Viterbo.
-Jenna Horstman had 16 kills and Haley Moss 11 to pace Dordt. Altena and Granstra both had nine and Elizabeth Kiel had five.
-Jamie Gesink put up 43 assists and had four service aces. Aubrey Drake had two aces for Dordt.
-Summer Jansen got to 31 digs and Brooke Granstra had 22.
-Viterbo was led by Natalie Geidel’s 19 kills and ten block assists. Sara Beirmaier had 17 kills and 13 digs.
COACH HANSON SAID
“I loved where we were going into that fifth set and I loved how we started that fifth set. A run of points is rare and to get a run of points at this level of the national tournament is even more rare so a 3-0 lead is really nice and it’s something you want to keep growing and get that next point. I felt great with where we were but a mistake here and mistake there at the end of the set almost become worth two points,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.
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