Westmont def. Dordt 3-2 (15-25, 25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College lost a 3-2 match to the Westmont (California) Warriors in non-conference volleyball at the De Witt Gym on Friday night.
Dordt dominated set one as the Defenders raced out to an 8-3 lead and pushed the lead to 15-6. Westmont responded with a 3-0 run but back to back points by Dordt on a Haley Moss kill and an attack error by the Warriors put Dordt in control and the Defenders took the set 25-15.
Set two saw Dordt build a 6-4 lead after a 4-1 deficit and a kill by Elizabeth Kiel and Brooke Granstra kept the Defenders up 9-6. Dordt was up 12-11 after a Westmont service error but seven points in a row by the Warriors got them a substantial lead at 18-12 and Dordt got no closer than 24-22 in falling 25-22.
Set three was similar with ties at 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 before Westmont got some breathing room at 13-10. The hosts trimmed the lead to 17-16 on a kill by Joscelyn Wind and an attack error by Westmont. Five points in a row got Westmont a substantial lead but Dordt battled to within 22-20 with a four point run on a kill by Moss, back to back kills by Liz Kiel and a ball handling error on the Westmont setter. A three point rally from down 24-20 got Dordt to within 24-23 and Kiel had another kill in the rally but Westmont stopped the threat with a kill and a 25-23 win.
The fourth set was close early with ties at 3, 4, 5 and 6 before three kills in a row by Jessica McCann put the Warriors up 9-6. Back to back kills by Brooke Granstra got Dordt within striking distance at 9-8 and the Defenders eventually took the lead at 13-12 with Moss recording a pair of kills in a three point run. Westmont took its final lead of the set at 16-15 with Dordt scoring seven of the next eight for a 22-17 cushion that they rode in for the win 25-21.
Westmont controlled set five and led 9-3 before Dordt rallied to 14-11 and a service error ended the set 15-11.
-Dordt hit for a .236 kill efficiency in the match with 60 kills and 19 errors against 174 attacks.
-Westmont had 61 kills, 28 errors and 189 attacks and a .175 kill efficiency.
-Dordt had 88 digs to 86 for Westmont. Dordt recorded 15 points on blocks while Westmont had nine and both teams had three ace serves. Westmont had five service errors and Dordt had nine.
-Jamie Gesink had 52 assists, 14 digs and two kills.
-Brooke Granstra had 24 kills and 28 digs and was in on seven block assists.
-Elizabeth Kiel had 12 kills and eight block assists and Haley Moss had ten kills and 11 block assists.
-Jill Schouten recorded 18 digs and Summer Jansen recorded 12 digs.
-Westmont’s Cassidy Rea had 15 kills and Libby Dahlberg had 14 with Taylor Beckman putting down 13.
-Amy Buffham and Alexa Nestlerode had 26 and 25 assists respectively and Kami Troesh had 26 digs.
-Dordt is now 12-5 and 6-2 in the GPAC. Westmont improves to 21-0 and entered the match no. 2 in the NAIA Poll.
COACH HANSON SAID
"It was a great match tonight with two talented teams playing high level volleyball. We learned about ourselves in what we can accomplish to start strong and play at a high level. We also experienced a tough outcome with not finishing strong. While this match was a significant one for the national picture it can now rest in the background of our renewed focus to compete for a GPAC championship.”