NAIA National Championships Quarterfinals
Dordt defeats Westmont 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 27-25)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College followed up a win over the Hastings College Broncos earlier in the day in the first round of elimination bracket play with a 3-0 win over Westmont late Friday night in the quarterfinal round to advance to the semifinals Saturday morning.
Dordt beat the Warriors three and a half months after Westmont handled Dordt in the first weekend of the season.
Dordt 13-10 in set one and stayed in front of the Golden State Athletic Conference member for a 25-18 win.
Set two saw the Warriors led 6-3 before a six point run put Dordt up 10-7. The back and forth battle continued as the Defenders allowed a tie at 11 and 12 and relinquished the lead at 14-12. A 17-17 tied ensued before Ema Altena recorded a kill for an 18-17 lead and the team went on to win 25-19 behind back to back kills for Altena.
Westmont seemed to regroup and held a 17-13 lead before a three point run got Dordt back in it with Altena starting the run with a kill. The Defenders didn’t tie it until 20-20 and wouldn’t take the lead untiln 22-21. Ties followed at 22, 23, 24 and 25 before an Altena kill and a block by Krommendyk and Gesink gave Dordt the win.
Leah Kamp had 18 kills to lead the Defenders and she had three block assists.
Ema Altena had eight kills and six digs.
Krommendyk had seven kills and six block assists.
Haley Moss had six kills and got to two block assists.
Summer Jansen got to 17 digs and Gesink was good for 37 assists.
Libby Dahlberg had 12 kills to pace the Warriors.
Dordt advances with a 33-7 record and will meet Viterbo on Saturday morning at 11:00.
Westmont’s season ends at 36-4.
COACH HANSON SAID
"This was a team effort where each of our hitters is trying to get the point. Leah came through big for us quite often. The fun part of coaching this team and with the length of this season we get more creative as the season goes. We try to run different routes with more options and Jamie and Leah were well connected and that payed off for us.”
Dordt will play Viterbo Saturday morning at 11:00 AM in the NAIA National Semifinals