Dordt defeats Northwestern 3-1 (15-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-19)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame a slow start and turned away Northwestern in a match-up of GPAC rivals Tuesday night in Sioux Center.
The Defenders were on their heels early and fell behind 6-1 in set one. Dordt never put together a serious threat, never getting closer than five after a 10-5 deficit and fell 25-15. Dordt surrendered six service aces in that set.
Set two was the polar opposite with Dordt taking a 7-1 lead with Aubrey Drake serving for six of the points. The lead quickly ballooned to 10 and the Defenders finished the set on a Leah Kamp kill for a 25-13 victory.
With the momentum behind them, the Defenders built an early 10-6 lead in set three and withstood each Northwestern challenge, never leading by less than three and won 25-20.
Set four was more of the same with Dordt building a 16-12 lead. This time Northwestern cut the lead to 17-16 but a Julia Lindbergh kill made it 18-16 and two more kills by Ally Krommendyk effectively put the match out of reach with Dordt prevailing 25-19.
Dordt had a team kill efficiency of .328 with Northwstern posting a .219 kill efficiency.
Ema Altena had a team high 16 kills and six digs.
Julia Lindbergh and Ally Krommendyk had ten kills each.
Leah Kamp put down nine kills and Jessi De Jager had seven.
Aubrey Drake had a team high 14 digs and two service aces.
Jamie De Jager put up 45 assists and had six digs.
Kamp was in on six block assists and Altena four. Both teams had seven points on blocks.
Lauryn Hilger topped Northwestern with 16 kills and Bekah Horstman recorded nine.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We were able to settle down, decrease our errors was a function of us getting out of the first set and kicking it into gear in that second set.
Dordt will travel to Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota on Saturday for a GPAC match.