Dordt defeats Northwestern 3-1 (25-22, 30-28, 19-25, 25-22)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender volleyball team used a fast start and were able to avenge a loss from earlier this season with a 3-1 match win over Northwestern on Wednesday night in Sioux Center. The loss was Northwestern’s first of the GPAC season.
Dordt opened set one with a 10-6 advantage with only three of those points coming on kills for the Defenders. Dordt eventually built the lead to 17-9 after a kill by Ema Altena and an attack error for Northwestern. Northwestern would challenge, slicing the lead to 24-22 as the Red Raiders outscored Dordt 5-1 but Altena got a kill after a Dordt timeout to win the set 25-22.
Dordt started fast again in set two and led 13-9 after an Ally Krommendyk kill. The lead eventually got to 15-10 after Krommendyk and Haley Moss teamed up for a block. Dordt got to set point with a Krommendyk kill to put Dordt up 24-19. Northwestern broke the run of points with a block and then reeled of four more points to tie the set 24-24. Northwestern added another point to lead 25-24 and were serving to tie the match when Krommendyk recorded the first of two kills in a row. The set as tied at 26, 27 and 28 with Dordt never relinquishing the lead. Leah Kamp got a kill to put Dordt up 29-28 and Altena got the game winner on an assist by Erica Bousema for the 30-28 win. The set featured 10 ties.
Northwestern led start to finish in set four as they got up by as many as five at 18-13 and Dordt would get as close as 18-17 when Julia Lindbergh got a kill but Northwestern closed quickly with a six of the next eight points to win 25-19.
The hosts bounced back by pushing out to a 9-2 lead in set four as Altena put down four kills but Northwestern would rally getting to 11-9 before Kamp got a kill. The lead pushed back to 18-12 but Northwestern again fought back and scored three out of four points to get to within 23-22. Back to back kills by Altena gave Dordt the win with Jamie Gesink assisting on both kills.
Dordt had a 57-46 kill advantage.
Dordt hit for a .221 kill efficiency as a team while Northwestern recorded a .155.
Both teams had 12 service errors with Northwestern getting eight service aces to a pair for Dordt.
Dordt had a 10-9 points off of blocks edge.
Ema Altena had a match 23 kills against nine errors and 49 attacks for a .286 kill efficiency and she had eight digs.
Leah Kamp had 13 kills and a .321 kill efficiency.
Jamie Gesink led all players with 49 assists and 14 digs and was in on two block assists.
Ally Krommendyk and Julia Lindbergh had nine and eight kills each. Krommendyk was also in on six block assists.
Summer Jansen had 17 digs.
Aubrey Drake had nine digs and Erica Bousema eight with two ervice aces.
Northwestern was led by AJ Horstman and Anna Kiel with 16 and 12 kills each.
Dordt improves to 20-4 overall and 8-1 in league play.
Northwestern is now 21-2 and 8-1.
Dordt will host Doane on Saturday afternoon in its next outing.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We really stressed purpose, poise and passion leading into this match. We had to play with a purpose. Every ball that we touched had to have an execution to it. Every rally and every effort had to have composure to it—that’s the poise. The passion was within the poise and we had to play with a high energy. I was pleased that in all three sets that we won we scored the first point.”