Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-21)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender volleyball team overcame early deficits in all three of their sets with the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers on Tuesday night in Mitchell, South Dakota to improve to 2-0 in GPAC play.
The Defenders allowed two points to start set one before pushing out a 14-9 lead on a kill by Ema Altena. Wesleyan was unable to stop the Dordt momentum and Abby Pollema served the Defenders to six straight points to close the set and got kills from three different players to forge the 25-13 win.
Set two was easily the most competitive of the match with nine ties up to a 14-14 mark. Jamie Gesink gave the Defenders the lead for good with her first kill of the match at 15-14, starting a four point run in the process that was highlighted by kills for Joscelyn Wind and Haley Moss. The Tigers would get as close as 23-22 but a Moss kill and an attack error by the hosts allowed Dordt to take at 25-22 final decision.
Wesleyan again scored two points to start set three but Dordt answered with four straight points and Dordt never relinquished the lead on the way to a 25-21 win. Dordt did lead 23-15 at one point but the hosts scored four in a row to tighten the score but Moss and Elizabeth Kiel each had kills to preserve the win.
Dordt was led by Julia Lindbergh, Haley Moss and Elizabeth Kiel with nine kills each. Kiel had her kills off of 18 total attacks and had no errors. The three combined for 27 kills, six errors and 54 total attacks as Dordt hit for a .326 success rate.
In a match up of two of the top setters in the NAIA in terms of assists per set, Jamie Gesink put up 35 assists and had seven digs while Wesleyan’s Michelle Van Epps had 27 assists. Earlier in the day Gesink claimed GPAC Setter of the Week honors for a second straight week.
Jill Schouten had 10 digs to lead Dordt and Pollema had three service aces while Gesink and Summer Jansen each had two aces.
Dordt is now 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the league while Dakota Wesleyan is 9-4 and 1-2.
Dordt will host Hastings in GPAC action on Saturday, September 17 in its next competition.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We played the first and third sets very well and struggled through the second set. We needed a stronger defensive presence against their primary hitter. Liz and Joscelyn produced strong offensive performances for us with Jamie finding all of our hitters in many different wasy. I’m glad for the win in three sets and am looking forward to getting the gym this week to prepare for our home match with Hastings on Saturday.”
IN THE GPAC TONIGHT
Morningside College 3 at Briar Cliff University 1
Dordt College 3, Dakota Wesleyan University 0
Northwestern College 3, Mount Marty College 0