Dordt defeats Hastings 3-1 (25-11, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball team prevailed 3-1 in a critical Great Plains Athletic Conference match on Friday night over the visiting Hastings Broncos. Dordt used a fast start to establish and early advantage in each of the four sets.
The Defenders scored the first three points of the first set and quickly built an 11-2 lead on a variety of attacks. A ball handling error put Dordt up ten points and forced Hastings to use its second time out. The Defenders were never pushed in the set and lost 25-11 as Jessi De Jager finished it with a kill from Leah Kamp.
Set two started in much the same fashion with Dordt getting up 6-0 and the lead was 15-7 after a Julia Lindbergh kill. Hastings began its comeback and whittled the lead down to 19-16 but Ema Altena had a kill to seemingly end the threat. Hastings proceeded to score five points in a row to take a 21-20 lead. The set was tied at 21 and 22 before Hastings scored back to back points to get to set point and won it on a Sage Meyer kill 25-23.
The Defenders recovered quickly, scoring three straight points with a kill by Jamie De Jager and back to back kills by Ally Krommendyk. As they did in set two, the Broncos fought back to pull event and took a 16-13 lead and the three point advantage still stuck at 17-14. A ball handling error and a block got the Defenders back in it and they eventually pulled even at 18-18 on an attack error. A block put Dordt up 19-18 and the teams were tied at 20, 21 and 22 before a service error by the Broncos followed by an Ema Altena kill put Dordt at set point and after a Hastings point Altena finished it 25-23 with a kill.
Dordt took a 4-1 lead on three kills by Altena and one by Krommendyk and Hastings got as close as 12-10 before a three point run put the Defenders in the driver’s seat and won 25-15.
Dordt had a 64-28 kills advantage and a 6-5 ace serves advantage.
The Broncos took advantage of 11 Dordt service errors and had a 13-6 points off of blocks edge.
Dordt hit .262 for the match while the visitors hit .066 including the first set when they recorded just one kill on 23 attacks.
Ema Altena led Dordt with 18 kills while Ally Krommendyk added 17.
Leah Kamp and Julia Lindbergh each had nine kills and Jessi De Jager had eight.
Aubrey Drake led with 20 digs and Altena and Jamie De Jager had 15 and 14 each. De Jager also recorded 53 assists.
Hastings was led by Sage Meyer with eight kills.
Dordt is 7-0 in league play and 13-2 overall.
Hastings is 5-2 in the league and 10-4 overall.
Dordt will host Doane on Saturday afternoon with the junior varsity starting at 3:30 and the varsity will follow at 5:00.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We came out really strong and played very focused. The growing point for us came in the second set when we got back on track with taking care of our individual responsibilities. Though we didn’t record in time to win that set, we responded great in the third and fourth sets to close out the match. A fun environment with Defender Nation cheering us on to the finish.”