Dordt defeats Viterbo 3-1 (31-29, 25-21, 24-26, 25-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball team earned a 3-1 sweep of the Viterbo VHawks on Tuesday night in Sioux Center.
Viterbo took an early lead in set one and led 19-15 before three straight by the Defenders tied it and an Ema Altena kill gave Dordt its first lead of the set at 20-19. The match was tied at every stoppage through 29-29 before an Altena kill put Dordt up 30-29 and a block by Altena and Ally Krommendyk gave Dordt the 31-29 win with three straight points to close the set.
Set two featured eight ties with Dordt taking the lead for good on a Krommendyk kill for a 21-20 lead. Dordt scored four of the next five points with Jamie De Jager finishing the set with a kill for the 25-21 win.
The hosts looked poised to sweep the match, taking a 21-18 lead but the visitors tied it at 23-23 and eventually held on to win in come from behind fashion 26-24.
Viterbo used the momentum to get up 5-2 in set four but Dordt rallied to take a 9-8 lead on a Jessi De Jager kill and the Defenders rattled off four points in a row for a 13-9 edge and the lead ballooned to 19-12. The lead was never less than six as Dordt prevailed 25-15.
Viterbo entered the match with a nine match winning streak and was no. 4 in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Poll.
Dordt hit for a .190 kill efficiency and limited Viterbo to .120 success.
Viterbo had an 11-9 blocks advantage and both teams had five ace serves.
Ema Altena led all players with 19 kills and had a .348 kill efficiency. The senior also had five block assists and ten digs.
Julia Lindbergh added 13 kills.
Leah Kamp added nine kills and Jessi De Jager had eight.
Ally Krommendyk put down six kills and was in on seven block assists.
Jamie De Jager had 47 assists, 17 digs and three kills.
Aubrey Drake led all players with 25 digs and had a service ace. Erica Bousema had 13 digs and one service ace.
Kate Frohmader had 11 kills for the Lacrosse, Wisconsin based team and Aubrey Aspen and Miah Garant each had 10.
Dordt is now 15-2 and will return to GPAC play on Friday night at Morningside in Sioux City. Viterbo slips to 17-4 with the loss.