NAIA National Championship Match
Hastings defeats Dordt 3-2 (23-25, 15-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender volleyball team lost to the Hastings Broncos in the NAIA National Championship match on Saturday, December 3 in Sioux City, Iowa. This was the first time a Great Plains Athletic Conference team earned a spot in the title match.
Dordt took control of a tight set one with back to back points to go from up 15-13 to up 17-13 with an Elizabeth Kiel kill and an attack error by Hastings. The lead stayed at three until the Broncos charged back to within 22-21. Leading 23-22, Dordt got two kills from Altena to eventually win 25-23.
Set two belonged to Dordt from start to finish and the Defenders led 19-9 and put the set away 25-15.
As much as Dordt was in control of set two the Broncos controlled set three with a 19-11 lead and the Broncos staved off elimination with a 25-16 win.
Set four was similar to set three with a 14-8 lead for the Broncos. Dordt rallied to within 19-18 on an Altena kill but an attack error kept the difference at two and Dordt was never closer than two before falling 25-22.
Hastings sealed the outcome in set five with a 4-0 run to start the set with three of the points coming on blocks. Dordt was never closer than three and lost 15-6
Dordt hit for a .117 kill efficiency and committed an uncustomary 38 attack errors.
The Defenders got nine points on blocks and Hastings had 15. Hastings had a 5-4 service ace advantage.
Ema Altena had 19 kills and Brooke Granstra had 14. Granstra was also in on seven block assists.
Haley Moss and Julia Lindbergh had eight kills each.
Elizabeth Kiel had six kills and a solo block with an assist block.
Jamie Gesink put up 48 assists and had 11 digs.
Summer Jansen got to 33 digs and topped both teams.
Katie Placke had 14 kills and Jennifer Klaudt 11 for the Broncos and Logan Drueppel had nine kills and seven block assists.
Dordt finishes the season with a 28-8 mark.
This was Dordt’s first NAIA Finals appearance in 10 National Championship appearances.
Ema Altena, Brooke Granstra and Jamie Gesink all were named to the NAIA All-Tournament team.
Dordt’s 28 wins are the most for the Defenders since 2010.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We absolutely loved this tournament experience and were incredibly blessed for the support we received from Defender Nation. To represent Dordt College in a first ever National Championship Finals was truly an honor and a privilege. When we distance ourselves from the sting of almost winning, I’m confident we will quickly be reminded of how special this season has been.”