NAIA National Championship Quarterfinal
Dordt defeats Columbia 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball team has earned a spot in the NAIA National Semifinals with a 3-1 win over the Columbia Cougars in the quarterfinals on Friday night in Sioux City.
The Defenders started quickly in set one with a 7-1 lead but the 2015 champions responded by tying the set at 12-12 and took the lead on a kill by Penny Liu and would never trail again as they pulled away from a 17-16 lead to win 25-21.
In set two the two teams were tied 6-6 before Elizabeth Kiel put down a kill and the lead was extended to four on an attack error for a 12-8 lead. The Cougars eventually worked back to a tie 23-23 before Julia Lindbergh put down a kill and Brooke Granstra finished the set with an ace serve.
With the momentum behind them, Dordt pushed the lead in set three to 20-8. Columbia cut the gap to 21-16 but it was Lindbergh again who had the timely kill and Ema Altena had a kill for a 23-17 lead and she added another kill to set up set-point which Dordt won with a dump shot by Jamie Gesink.
Dordt vaulted to a 10-5 lead but a four point run by Columbia cut the lead to 10-9 after a set error. Altena, Gesink and Kiel all had a kill to stop the threat and maintained at least a three point lead the rest of set and won it on a service error 25-17.
-Dordt hit for a .286 kill efficiency with 63 kills and 23 errors against 140 total attacks.
-Columbia had a .300 kill efficiency after having .578 success in set one; .367 in set two; .267 in set three and .162 in set four.
-Dordt had 17 kills in set three with a .467 kill efficiency.
-Dordt had a 10-2 ace serve advantage and committed five service errors to seven for the Cougars.
-Brooke Granstra had 23 kills and four service aces with seven digs and five block assists.
-Ema Altena recorded 14 kills and two service aces.
-Jamie Gesink put up 48 assists with eight kills and nine digs.
-Julia Lindbergh and Haley Moss each had seven kills.
-Jill Schouten and Summer Jansen each had 11 digs. Dordt had a 50-41 dig advantage.
-Peiyi Liu topped Columbia with 18 kills.
-Columbia finishes the season 30-12 in its 15th straight appearance in the NAIA National Championshp.
-The loss was Columbia’s first since losing to Park on October 20.
-Dordt advances to the national semifinal round for the first time since 2003.
-Dordt has now won five matches at the NAIA Championships and is currently 27-7.
Dordt faces Midland at 11:00 AM on Saturday morning with the winner playing the Hastings-Park winner Saturday night at 7:00 PM.
COACH HANSON SAID
“What a joy and what a blessing and what a neat experience. The fun part is our team is hungry for more. At no point have we felt like this is it—hey good job we’ve made it this far. They’re hungry and just asking for more. I told them after set one that I was trying to get too tricky with the serve zone calls and that was taking some of the aggressiveness away from our servers which was not my intent. I told them I was going to get back to letting them be great athletes at the service line and we carried that forward in the second set.”