Viterbo defeats Dordt 3-1 (17-25, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College was unable to overcome a slow start on the road on Thursday night, October 5 on Viterbo’s home floor in Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
The Defenders forced a fourth set but were unable to hold on to a lead near the end of the fourth set to force a decisive fifth set against the top-ranked team in the NAIA.
The V-Hawks got out to a 9-3 lead in set one and Dordt never fully recovered in the set and fell 25-17.
Dordt managed to keep the second set closer with Dordt cutting an early 4-0 defict to 12-11 on a service error. The V-Hawks pushed the lead back to as much as six before the Defenders closed to 22-20 with a Leah Kamp kill and Ema Altena added a kill as the teams traded points. A kill and a block for the hosts ended the set and gave Viterbo a 2-0 match lead.
Set three saw the Defenders take an early advantage and led 10-8 on a block by Kamp and Julia Lindbergh. A four point rally made it look like Viterbo would survive the set but Dordt had four point run of its own to go from down 13-12 to up 17-13 with Jamie Gesink, Ally Krommendyk and Altena accounting for three of the points with kills. Viterbo got within two at 21-19 but were unable to continue the pressure as Dordt forced set five with Altena and Kamp accounting for the final point of the 25-21 decision with a block.
Set four featured 16 ties and neither team led by more than three points and that came on the final point of the set. Dordt had an 18-17 lead when Viterbo tied it on an attack error and Natalie Geidel eventually had back to back kills to give the hosts a 21-20 lead. A Viterbo attack error tied the set at 21 and the teams swapped points to tie it at 22 but a kill and a pair of missed attacks by the Defenders gave Viterbo the 25-22 win.
Dordt hit for a .236 kill efficiency while Viterbo had a .287 kill efficiency.
Dordt had a 10-6 advantage on block points and Dordt had two service aces to one for Viterbo.
Viterbo committed 11 service errors and Dordt had eight.
Ema Altena led Dordt with 14 kills and she had 11 digs.
Leah Kamp had 12 kills and was in on a match high six block assists.
Haley Moss had eight kills and Summer Jansen led the Defenders with 16 digs.
Jamie Gesink put up 40 assists.
Viterbo was led by Natalie Geidel’s 21 kills and Amelia Grahn had 58 assists.
Viterbo is 18-0 while Dordt is now 18-4.
Dordt is off until Wednesday, October 11 when the Defenders host Northwestern.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We had three blocks in sets one and two combined and had five block points in set three-that’s a big confidence builder for us. We needed to make better blocking execution. I thought we served more aggressively and they were much more out of system…those two things go hand in hand—you serve more aggressively and their offense becomes more predictable, their hitters are less comfortable and our block was more disciplined and executed well through that third set.”