Hastings defeats Dordt 3-1 (25-14, 26-24, 17-25, 29-27)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt dropped a 3-1 match to the Hastings Broncos in GPAC Championship play on Saturday, November 11 in Hastings, Nebraska.
The Defenders were beaten soundly in set one 25-14 but bounced back to battle in set two.
In the second match the Defenders Dordt led briefly halfway through theset with a 16-14 lead after Abby Schemper got an ace serve in. The two teams exchanged points to put Dordt up 17-15 but four points in a row by the Broncos gave them the lead for good at 19-17. Hastings got to set point but an Ema Altena kill cut the lead to 24-23 and an Ally Krommendyk kill tied the score. Hastings responded with two straight points to finish the set 26-24.
Down 2-0, the Defenders went from up 8-7 to up 12-7 with a four point run, capping the run with a Julia Lindbergh kill. Hastings got as close as four but the Defenders held the hosts off and won a 25-17 decision with Leah Kamp finishing it with a kill.
The momentum carried over into set four with the Defenders going on a 10-2 run for a 19-9 lead. Hastnigs would narrow it to 21-18 with five straight points. Altena had a kill to get Dordt to 22-18 and the lead was 24-21 before Hastings staged a final comeback. Three straight points tied the game but a Hastings service error put Dordt at set point again. This time Hastings got a kill to tie it at 26. An attack error by Hastings gave Dordt set point serve again but Hastings tied it with a kill and recorded the final two points of the set on blocks and took the 29-27 win.
Dordt had a .125 kill efficiency while Hastings had a .161 efficiency.
Hastings had a 13-11 points on blocks advantage. Hastings had a 6-3 service ace advantage.
Altena had a match high 21 kills and she also got to 11 digs.
Leah Kamp had 11 kills and Ally Krommendyk had 10 while Julia Lindbergh added eight kills.
Jamie Gesink put up 44 assists and Summer Jansen had 36 digs.
Hastings was led by Katie Placke with 20 kills.
Both teams will advance to the NAIA National Championship field.
Dordt is 29-6 while Hastings is 25-2.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We came out slow and calculated which left a lopsided feeling to the early part of the match. Set two through four were more in line with the volleyball we wanted to play. This match showed two high level teams playing strong volleyball at this late point of the season. We will take away some learning lessons from this to help us prepare for a great national tournament week in Sioux City after Thanksgiving.”