Dordt defeats Northwestern 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-20)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College fought back from a 25-23 loss in set one to win the next three over Northwestern and earn a spot in the GPAC Championship match on Saturday.
The teams fought through a tie-filled set one as the familiar foes had 14 ties up to 16-16. Northwestern took the lead on an AJ Horstman kill for a 17-17 advantage and never trailed again. Dordt was within one on several occasions but the hosts were able to hold on.
Set two saw the Defenders get up 5-1 with a service error by Northwestern starting the four point run. Northwestern was able to trim the lead to 10-8 but an attack error and a Dordt block put the Defenders up 12-8. The lead was still 13-10 when another Northwestern service error started a streak of five points that included kills by Julia Lindbergh and Ally Krommendyk. Dordt ended up winning the set 25-15.
The hosts started set three quickly with a 4-1 lead and held off the Defenders up to a 14-10 advantage. Northwestern had a service error to get Dordt within 14-11 and back to back aces by Jamie Gesink trimmed the difference to 14-13. Ema Altena had a kill to tie the set and Haley Moss later recorded a kill for a 16-14 lead. After an Anna Kiel kill made it 16-15 Northwestern was unable to get closer than two and Dordt took set three 25-21.
The two semifinalists battled to five ties through 7-7 in the fourth set before a five point string put Dordt up 12-7. Northwestern cut the lead to 20-18 but Altena had a kill for a three point lead and Dordt won the match 25-20.
Dordt had a .277 kill efficiency with 52 kills. Northwestern had a .222 kill efficiency with 48 kills.
Both team had eight points on blocks.
Dordt had eight service aces and Northwestern had one.
Ema Altena recorded a match high 13 kills and Leah Kamp added 11.
Julia Lindbergh and Ally Krommendyk both had nine kills.
Jamie Gesink had 40 assists and four ace serves with seven digs.
Summer Jansen had a match high 12 digs.
Northwestern was led by Lauren Hilger and Anna Kiel with 12 kills each.
Dordt is 29-5 and will face Hastings on Saturday night, November 11 at 7:00.
COACH HANSON SAID
“In the first set we got burned a few times. We had a casual mindset in a few of those plays and that was the difference maker in that first set. Overall we were executing from the service line and in serve receive. I liked our point for point mentality early and I never saw us have a look of worry. Serve and pass has been pivotal for us in training for this match and it will be for our post-season. It’s been a growing staple of ours. I thought our serve receive passers were very tough minded.”