NAIA National Championship
Dordt defeats Madonna 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College had little trouble in turning away Madonna (Michigan) in pool play at the NAIA National Volleyball Championship in Sioux City, Iowa on Wednesday evening, November 30. The win makes Dordt 2-0 in the pool and the Defenders will advance to the elimination bracket no matter the outcome of their match with Grand View on Thursday night.
Dordt took a 7-3 lead in set one and eventually led 20-13 before Madonna used its first time out. Haley Moss’s kill was Dordt’s sixth point out of nine scored. The Crusaders got as close as 21-17 but the Defenders put the set away with an Elizabeth Kiel kill and an Aubrey Drake ace serve for the 25-18 win.
Dordt trailed 4-3 in set two but scored four points in a row to take an 8-5 lead an Ema Altena kill and a Jill Schouten ace serve bookending the run. Madonna rallied to tie the set at 14, 15 and 16 but back to points on a Brooke Granstra kill and the senior was in on a block for the 18-16 advantage. The Defenders did build the lead to 23-20 but the Michigan team charged back for three straight points for a 23-23 tie. An Altena kill unlocked the tie and Altena teamed with Granstra for a block to give Dordt a 25-23 win and a 2-0 lead.
Dordt scored eight of the first nine points in set three and the set was never close as Dordt built the lead to 18-4 before winning 25-12.
-Dordt had a team kill efficiency of .316 with 41 kills and just 10 attack errors.
-Dordt had nine service aces with eight points on blocks. Madonna had three service aces and three points on blocks.
-The Defenders limited Madonna to a .126 kill efficiency.
-Granstra led Dordt with 15 kills and she had eight digs with five block assists.
-Haley Moss had seven kills and Altena had six kills and two ace serves.
-Gesink had 30 assists and two service aces.
-Summer Jansen led Dordt with 13 digs.
-Madonna was topped by Karlie Kelly and Amanda Hawkins with nine kills each and Lauren Korth had 31 assists.
-Dordt is 2-0 in pool play and 24-7 overall and Madonna is 31-9 overall.
-Dordt will face Grand View on Thursday night at 7:00 for the Pool H Championship. Both Dordt and Grand View will advance to the 16-team elimination bracket. A win has Dordt playing at 9:00 AM while a loss puts Dordt in a 1:30 PM match.
COACH HANSON SAID
“I felt like in the first set we came out strong. I don’t remember what the point spread was but I just felt like we created separation early on and we kept building. Our passing kept the ball in a great position for Jamie. Our defense was digging really well and making minor adjustments so that Jamie could find Brooke in those quick transition moments where she’s up and the opponents block and defense are still trying to recover and if it doesn’t go to Brooke it’s going to another hitter that is engaged and ready to terminate or take a really good swing.”