Doane def. Dordt 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 28-26, 17-19
HOW IT HAPPENED
Doane College held off the Dordt College Defender comeback attempt to take a 3-2 GPAC volleyball match in Crete, Nebraska on Saturday evening. The match is the only regular season meeting between the two.
Dordt controlled much of set one and won 25-20 after Doane cut a four point lead to 18-17 after a Kaitlin Bradley kill. An Ema Altena kill and an ace serve put Dordt up 20-17 and Doane got no closer than two.
Set two was tied eight times as the teams battled to an 11-11 tie. The Defenders had a four point run to lead 11-7 only to have the hosts come back with a four point run of their own. Doane got back to back points on a Dordt service error and attack error and never trailed again. Dordt did get the set tied at 16, 17 and 18 on kills by Haley Moss, Altena and Brooke Granstra but a four point run by the Tigers put them up 22-18 and Dordt got no closer than 23-21 before losing 25-21.
Set three as similar as Dordt built a 15-13 lead but the Tigers tied it at 16, 17 and 18 and took the lead on back to back kills by Bradley. A Joscelyn Wind kill made it 21-19 but Dordt didn’t sustain a rally in falling 25-20.
The Defenders again built a 12-9 lead in set four but the Tigers tied it and took the lead at 13-12with a five point run. The set was tied nine more times to 24-24 with Liz Kiel tying the set with a kill. An Ema Altena kill evened the set at 25-25 and an attack error by Doane put the Defenders in the driver’s seat and it was Granstra who eventually put a kill away for a 28-26 win.
Set five as equally tense with the two teams battling to seven ties up to 12-12. Julia Lindbergh tied it at 13-13 and an attack error by the Tigers put Dordt at match point. Dordt was unable to score the point and Doane scored back to back points to lead 16-15 and Dordt fought off three set point serves before succumbing 19-17.
Brooke Granstra had a match high 19 kills and she also got to 15 digs.
Jamie Gesink had 47 assists, seven kills and nine digs with one ace serve.
Elizabeth Kiel and Ema Altena each had 11 kills with Altena getting four service aces and Kiel had six blocks.
Haley Moss added ten kills with Jill Schouten recording 21 digs to lead the Defenders.
Doane’s Kaitlin Bradley led the team with 17 kills and Maci Coffey had 13.
Dordt hit for a .251 kill efficiency to .258 for Doane.
Both teams had five ace serves and 14 service errors.
Dordt scored nine points on blocks.
Dordt is 19-6 overall and 11-3 in the GPAC while Doane is 22-6 and 11-4.
Dordt has matches against Mount Marty and Hastings next week on the road while Doane travels to Northwestern to conclude the season.
Dordt is 3rd in the conference standings while Doane is a game behind in 4th.