Dordt def. Midland 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders used a comeback in set one to establish the tone and defeated no. 3 ranked Midland at the De Witt Gym on Saturday, October 22 in Sioux Center. The win forced a two-way tie for second and there are four teams with one, two or three losses in the GPAC title race.
Dordt started with a four point run triggered by an Ema Altena kill and an ace serve. Dordt built the lead to 14-9 before the visitors got up 17-16. It was tied at 17, 18, 19 and 20 before a three point run put the Warriors up 22-20. Dordt used a timeout and Brooke Granstra got a kill and Altena a service ace to even it at 22-22. Back to back kills by Granstra got the Defenders to set points and a ball handling error by the Warriors gave Dordt the set.
The Defenders never trailed in set two and scored six of the last nine points to win 25-18. Dordt’s longest run of points was three and Midland scored back to back points just once in the loss.
The Defenders looked poised for the sweep with a 14-10 lead after back to back Midland attack errors but the visitors tied it at 14-14 and took the lead for good at 18-17. The lead grew to 22-17 and Dordt got no closer than four the rest of the set.
Set four was tight early with Midland leading 6-5. A service error tied the set and three straight kills by Granstra got the score to 9-6 and the Defenders maintained the three point lead to 15-12. Five straight points by the Defenders on kills by Altena and Jamie Gesink, a block by Gesink and Granstra and a pair of attack errors put Dordt up 20-12 and the finished off the 25-16 win with a Haley Moss block.
-Dordt hit for a .226 kill efficiency while Midland hit .163.
-Dordt had six service aces to one for the Warriors. The Defenders had a 9-8 points off blocks advantage.
-Granstra had 19 kills with a .333 kill efficiency. She also had 10 digs and five block assists and one solo block.
-Ema Altena had 15 kills and five digs with three service aces.
-Julia Lindbergh recorded nine kills and Elizabeth Kiel had six and Moss five.
-Gesink put up 45 assists and had nine digs with two block assists.
-Jill Schouten had a match high 25 digs and Summer Jansen had 18.
-Krystina Koepke put down 15 kills for Midland in the loss and Jessica Peters had 47 assists.
-Dordt is now 10-2 in the GPAC and 17-5 overall. Midland is 10-2 in the GPAC and 20-2 overall.
-Dordt was no. 10 in the most recent national poll and Midland was no. 3. Midland’s other loss is to no. 2 Hastings.
-Dordt has won four in a row since losing to no. 1 Westmont on Friday, October 7.
COACH HANSON SAID
“This was a very strong match for us as we executed well from many different areas of the court. Our ball control group continually kept us in a great offensive flow through gritty digs to target and strong serve receive passing. Jamie ran a fluid offense which allowed our attackers to terminate the ball. Defensively we blocked well and read their hitters. What a fun match and the outcome was well deserved by our team which put in the work preparing for it.”
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