Dordt defeats Northwestern 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-16)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt handled Northwestern 3-0 on Tuesday, September 6 at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa. The first set was easily the most competitive with the two teams combining for 16 ties. The two teams were tied at every juncture from 19 to 24. A ballhandling error gave the Defenders a 25-24 lead and the set was won 26-24 on another ballhandling error.
Set two saw the Defenders take control of the set with a three-point run from down 12-11 to up 14-12. Elizabeth Kiel had two of the three points on kills and Dordt never trailed again. A four point run put the Defenders up comfortably 21-15 with back to back points on a Kiel kill and an Ema Altena kill.
With the momentum squarely behind them, Dordt led 14-12 and then scored six points in a row with three kills by Julia Lindbergh, two Northwestern attack errors and one kill by Jamie Gesink. Lindbergh also scored Dordt’s final two points on kills for the 25-16 final.
Dordt had a .393 kill efficiency and Northwestern was limited to a .212 kill efficiency.
Ema Altena led Dordt with 11 kills and had two block assists.
Elizabeth Kiel had 10 kills and was in on four block assists.
Joscelyn Wind recorded nine kills and had four block assists while Julia Lindbergh and Haley Moss each had five kills.
Gesink put up 34 assists and had seven digs with four block assists.
Jessica Jensen, Lauryn Hilger and AJ Horstman all had 11 kills for Northwestern.
The last time Dordt defeated Northwestern 3-0 was in 2007.
Dordt is 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the GPAC while Northwestern is 5-9 and 0-1.
Dordt will face Grand View on Saturday, September 11.
COACH HANSON SAID
I was very pleased with how our group responded to a lineup adjustment with short notice in the absence of Brooke. For the duration of the match we played smart volleyball and made great adjustments. Our back row kept us in system with solid passing. Jamie distributed a wonderful offense and our defense produced great blocks at the net. To beat this team in three in the conference home opener is a good accomplishment for this point of the season.