Dordt defeats Briar Cliff 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-22)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball team improved to 3-1 in GPAC play with a 3-0 win over the Briar Cliff Chargers in Sioux Center on Wednesday night, September 21.
The Defenders never trailed in set one and built a 10-6 lead with a four point run that included an ace by Jamie Gesink, a kill by Haley Moss and a kill by Joscelyn Wind. The lead eventually moved to 15-10 and grew to 23-16 before Briar Cliff ran off three points in a row. Dordt closed the set with a point on an attack error and Ema Altena finished the set with a kill.
Set two was similar in that Dordt got up 12-7 and the lead was never less than three as it was an ace by Altena that finished the 25-20 win.
Briar Cliff got some momentum in set three and led 10-5 before Dordt put together a five point run with three attack errors by the Chargers and kills by Wind and Julia Lindbergh. Ties occurred at 12, 13, 14 and 15 before the Defenders got back to back kills by Kiel and Altena to open up an eventual 20-16 lead. The Chargers fought back to tie the set at 22-22 but a Dordt timeout preceded a block for a point by Moss and a kill by Moss and Briar Cliff net violation ended the set and match.
Joscelyn Wind led the Dordt attack with 10 kills and was in on five blocks.
Altena had nine kills and an ace.
Moss recorded seven kills and was in on three blocks.
Linbergh had seven kills.
Gesink had 30 assists, three kills, an ace serve, nine digs and two block assists.
Dordt hit for a .316 kill efficiency while Briar Cliff hit .165.
Dordt had seven points on blocks to three for the Chargers.
Briar Cliff was led by Courtney Schafer with 13 kills.
Dordt is 3-1 in GPAC play and 10-3 overall. Briar Cliff is 7-6 and 1-3.
Dordt travels to face Concordia on Saturday, September 24 at Seward, Nebraska.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We played some strong volleyball in many aspects tonight against Briar Cliff. I really liked our defensive effort, gritty play, serve receive passing, offensive balance, kill production, and strong start to the match. These pieces and others were instrumental for our success against a lively opponent.”