NAIA National Championships Semifinals
Dordt defeats Viterbo 3-1 (23-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College recovered from a squandered lead late in set one to take three straight wins over the Viterbo V-Hawks in the semifinals of the 2017 NAIA National Championship, Saturday morning, December 2 in Sioux City, Iowa. The win advances Dordt into the finals on Saturday night at 7:00 against Lindsey Wilson.
The Defenders had things going their way in the first set and took a 14-8 lead on a kill by Julia Lindbergh. The lead was still 19-15 when Ally Krommendyk put a kill away and the Defender seemed positioned well.
Viterbo proceeded to score eight of the next nine points and was able to sneak away with the 25-23 win.
The V-Hawks started set two quickly with a 7-2 advantage and still led 17-13 before Dordt put together a five point run for an 18-17 lead as Leah Kamp registered back to back points at the end of the run. Ties ensued at 19, 20, 21 and 22 before back to back points put Viterbo at set point. A pair of Altena kills tied the set and Ally Krommendyk had a block to put Dordt up 25-24. Haley Moss finished the set with a kill and Dordt evened the contest with the 26-24 win.
Dordt rallied to tie set three 13-13 after trailing 11-8. Dordt then scored seven of the next eight points and recorded a 20-15 lead before winning 25-17.
The two teams played even for much of set four and the set was tied 19-19 after a block by Kamp and Lindbergh. An attack error by the V-Hawks followed and Erica Bousema added an ace serve after a Viterbo timeout. The Defenders ended up closing the set with a seven point run and the eventual 25-19 win.
Dordt had a .247 kill efficiency and was led by Leah Kamp’s 19 kills and Altena added 17. Kamp had just five attack errors in 36 attacks.
Jamie Gesink put up 51 assists and had an ace serve with 12 digs.
Altena had 15 digs and was in four block assists.
Haley Moss had ten kills and Julia Lindbergh eight.
Krommendyk had five block assists as did Kamp to lead the Defenders.
Dordt will take a 34-7 record into its second straight title match appearance where the Defenders face no. 1 ranked Lindsey Wilson.
COACH HANSON SAID
“The stronger the competition is the more you need to be singularly focused. You have to present and in the moment and you can’t let a point of success or a point of failure carry into the next point other than what did we learn from it. In set three it was great to have some breathing room and to keep moving forward.”