NAIA National Championships Round of 16
Dordt defeats Hastings 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College volleyball team earned a spot in the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinal with a win over the Hastings College Broncos in the round of 16 in the elimination bracket at the event in Sioux City.
The Defenders secured the win by coming back from a 25-20 loss in set one to take the final three sets.
Dordt had a 14-8 lead in set one after a Julia Lindbergh kill but the Broncos took control of the set with a nine point run and withstood a Dordt charge to within 20-19 after a block by the Defenders’ Haley Moss and Ally Krommendyk.
Four points in a row re-established control for the Broncos and they went on to win 25-20.
Set two appeared to be headed Hastings’ way as well with the Defenders trailing 10-6 but Dordt banged out a six point run with Julia Lindbergh punctuating the streak for a 13-10 lead.
Ties at 13 and 14 followed before Dordt added six points in a row as Leah Kamp had a kill to put the Defenders up 20-14. Hastings crawled back to a 21-20 deficit but a service error gave the Defenders a 22-20 lead and started a three point run to go up 24-20. Hastings made one more run to go up 24-23 before an Ally Krommendyk kill finished it 25-23.
Deadlocked at a set a piece the Defenders used another six point run to push to a 13-8 lead as Ema Altena gave the Defenders the five point lead with a kill. Hastings responded by tying the set at 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 before two kills by Julia Lindbergh and one by Jamie Gesink put Dordt up 21-18 and the Broncos got no closer than two before falling 25-20.
The Defenders never trailed in set four and built up a 21-15 advantage. Facing elimination, the 2016 national champion scored five in a row but a Lindbergh kill extended the lead to 22-20 and Kamp added a kill for a 23-20 advantage. Summer Jansen’s ace got Dordt to match point and Kamp’s kill finished it.
The Defenders had a 53-46 kills advantage and hit for a .154 kill efficiency while Hastings recorded a .158 efficiency.
Both teams had ten points on blocks.
Hastings had five ace serves and 10 errors while Dordt had six aces and four errors.
Altena led all players with 18 kills and Kamp had 11.
Krommendyk was in on seven block assists and had eight digs.
Jamie Gesink put up 40 assists and had ten digs.
Summer Jansen had a match high 26 digs.
Hastings was led by Katie Placke’s 11 kills and Jill Bax matched Jansen’s dig total with 26.
Hastings’ season ends at 28-3 and Dordt advances with a 32-7 record.
The win for Dordt stopped a three match winning streak Hastings enjoyed on the Defenders in the series.
Dordt will face Westmont (California) tonight at about 9:00 in a quarterfinal match.