MidAmerica Nazarene defeats Dordt 3-2 (25-18, 29-27, 24-26, 15-25, 15-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt roared back from a 2-0 set deficit to force a fifth set but couldn’t complete the comeback against MidAmerica Nazarene (Kansas) on Friday night in the Bellevue Labor Day Classic in Bellevue, Nebraska.
Dordt led 7-6 in set one after an attack error but the Pioneers scored three points in a ro and never trailed as Dordt fought to within 17-16 but got no closer in dropping the first set 25-18.
Set two featured 17 ties to a 19-19 deadlock. An attack error by the Pioneers and a kill by Julia Lindbergh put Dordt up 21-19 but the Pioneers tied it at 21-21. Dordt got to set point on an Elizabeth Kiel kill for a 24-22 advantage but back to back kills by Gisele Silva for MidAmerica Nazarene got them even. Dordt had set point serves at 25-24 and 26-25 but couldn’t capitalize. MidAmerica tied it 26-26 and Dordt fought off a set point at 27-26 but a service error and Pioneer kill gave them a 29-27 win.
Dordt reversed fortune in the third set with a 26-24 win, fighting off set point at 24-22 on a kill by Ema Altena and an attack error tied the score 24-24. A Jamie Gesink kill put Dordt up 25-24 and the Defenders won it on an Altena kill.
The Defenders rolled in set four 25-15 to set up a decisive set five. Dordt led 10-9 after a Lindbergh kill but three points in a row for MidAmerica put them in the driver’s seat and Dordt got no closer than 12-11 and 13-12 in falling 15-12.
MidAmerica Nazarene had a .250 kill efficiency to Dordt’s .238.
Dordt scored eight points on blocks and the Pioneers scored seven. Dordt had seven ace serves to MidAmerica’s two.
Dordt was led by Granstra’s 20 kills and she had nine digs.
Julia Lindbergh had 15 kills and Ema Altena 12 and both had two service aces.
Elizabeth Kiel put down 11 kills.
Jamie Gesink put up 62 assists and had nine digs.
Jill Schouten got to a team high 21 digs.
Dordt is 4-2 and will play two matches on Saturday.
COACH HANSON SAID
“A great comeback demonstrated by our Defenders after a sluggish start. This match came down to just a few points of mental awareness and execution. Both of these areas are defining points for our continued growth this season.”