NAIA National Championship
Dordt defeats Midland 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-16)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender volleyball team earned a spot in the NAIA National Championship match with a convincing 3-0 win over the Midland Warriors in semifinal play on Saturday morning at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City.
The Defenders started fast and controlled much of the match in taking the third meeting between the two teams. Dordt had won a 3-1 decision in Sioux Center in October and Midland avenged that loss with a 3-0 win in the GPAC semifinals on November 10 in Fremont.
Dordt took the lead for good with a three point run in set one to go up 3-1. The Defenders extended the lead to 9-3 before Midland used a timeout. The lead pushed to 16-9 before the Warriors rallied and cut the gap to 16-13 using the attacking of Krystina Koepke to narrow the gap to 16-14. Dordt rebounded and scored back to back points on a Julia Lindbergh kill and an Ema Altena ace and the lead was never less than three the rest of the set as Dordt stretched the difference to 25-17.
Set two of the match was the most tense with 17 ties. An attack error put Midland up 18-16 and the Defenders used a timeout. The lead was still 20-17 when the Defenders rallied. A Liz Kiel kill followed by a Brooke Granstra kill got Dordt to within one point and a Granstra block tied it. Midland took the next point but Altena tied it at 21-21. Lindbergh and Granstra teamed for a block and the next point and Dordt followed that with a Granstra kill that gave Dordt the advantage they needed. Midland would tie it at 23-23 but a Granstra kill followed by a Granstra, Lindbergh and Moss block finished the set and put Dordt up 2-0.
Neither team led by more than two in set three before a Lindbergh and Granstra block put the Defenders ahead 11-8. Midland regrouped and tied it at 11 and it was tied again at 12 and 13 before Lindbergh secured a kill and Kiel put up a solo block for a 15-13 lead. From that point Dordt rolled up a 10-3 advantage and won 25-16.
Dordt hit for a .314 kill efficiency with 44 kills and 11 errors on 105 attacks. Midland had 40 kills and 21 errors with 101 attacks.
Dordt had a 12-8 points off of blocks edge and a 3-1 ace serves advantage with both teams committing four service errors.
Brooke Granstra led Dordt with 16 kills and had seven digs. Granstra also had one solo block and six assisted blocks.
Ema Altena recorded 13 kills and had seven digs as well.
Haley Moss and Julia Lindbergh each had five kills.
Jamie Gesink put up 38 assists and Liz Kiel had two solo blocks and three assisted blocks.
Summer Jansen had 11 digs and Aubrey Drake, Jill Schouten and Altena each had one service ace.
Midland’s Priscilla O’Dowd led them with 13 kills and Krystina Koepke had 11.
LOOKING BACK/LOOKING FORWARD
This is the first time Dordt has advanced to the national title match/game in a team sport.
This is the first time a GPAC team has qualified for the national title match in women’s volleyball.
Dordt will face fellow GPAC member Hastings College in the title match at 7:00 Saturday night. Hastings was a winner over Park, the 2013 champion 3-1 in their semifinal match.