Dordt def. Morningside 3-1 (22-25. 25-22, 25-23, 25-21)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College battled back from a slow start to defeat Morningside in GPAC play on Tuesday night, October 11 in Sioux City, Iowa.
Morningside won set one 25-22 after going on a four point run early for a 7-4 lead. Morningside maintained a three point lead up to 17-14 with Dordt getting as close as one at 14-13. The Defneder eventually tied the set at 19-19 on an attack error but the Mustangs scored two in a row after a timeout to lead 21-19. Dordt again pushed back to tie it at 22-22, getting the tying point on a Julia Lindbergh kill bt the Mustangs had an answer with three straight to close the set 25-22.
Set two featured 14 ties to 14-14 before Dordt scored two in a row on a service error and an attack error by the hosts. The lead eventually grew to 19-16 with a Brooke Granstra kill. Morningside closed to within 22-21 on an Emma Gerber kill but Elizabeth Kiel answered with a kill and an attack error by the Mustangs put Dordt at set point and the Defenders eventually ended it with a kill by Granstra for a 25-22 win of their own.
Set three was a back and forth affair with Morningside leading by as many as four. The Defenders stayed in contact and let the lead grow no further, eventually leading 20-19 with Ema Altena recording the kill. The Mustangs had an answer, reeling off three points in a row with a Dordt service error, a Brittni Olson kill and a Dordt attack error. Dordt called a timeout and got a point off a Morningside attack error. A kill by Granstra tied it 23-23 and an attack by Olson went wide, just her second error up to that point and Haley Moss ended it with a kill for a 25-23 win and a 2-1 match lead.
Dordt never trailed in set four, pushing out to a 5-1 lead but the Mustangs tied it at five, eight, nine and eleven before the Defenders got up 15-11, punctuating the run with a Morningside attack error. Morningside made another charge to within 17-16 but six points in a row put Dordt firmly in control and the Defenders won 25-21 with Elizabeth Kiel getting the kill to finish it.
-Dordt hit for a .214 kill efficiency while Morningside hit for .212. Dordt totaled 64 kills to Morningside’s 55.
-Dordt had seven points on blocks to Morningside’s 11 and Dordt had five service aces to one for the Mustangs.
-Brooke Granstra had 18 kills and 12 digs.
-Jamie Gesink had 51 assists, two service aces, 14 digs and three kills.
-Ema Altena had 15 kills and hit for a .500 kill efficiency.
-Julia Lindbergh had 13 kills and Elizabeth Kiel and Haley Moss had seven and eight each with three block assists each.
-Jil Schouten led the Defenders with 16 digs.
-Morningside got 18 kills by Olson and 13 by Bergmann. Both hit for a over a .300 kill efficiency and Emma Gerber had 11 kills and had a .423 success rate at the net.
-Dordt is 14-5 overall and 7-2 in the GPAC while Morningside is 14-9 overall and 5-5 in the league.
-Dordt will host Concordia on Saturday, October 15 in its next outing.
COACH HANSON SAID
"This match was incredibly important for us at this point in our season. We played intense and intent through much of the match after a slow start to set one. I was very pleased with how we battled back to win the next three sets—especially closing out set three with a four-point string. Our serve receive passing was strong and our defense was scrappy. Morningside is much improved and this win was important for our conference title hunt."
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