Dordt def. Dakota Wesleyan 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 30-28)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball team completed a perfect GPAC volleyball season with a 3-0 win over Dakota Wesleyan at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center.
Dordt started slowly in set one and trailed 7-2 before a run of points pulled the Defenders even. The final point of the run came on an attack error by the Tigers and the run started with Leah Kamp recording a kill.
The teams swapped points to 10-10 before a five point run propelled Dordt to a 15-10 advantage and Wesleyan got no closer than two the rest of the set.
The visitors battled back from an early 8-3 deficit to tie the game at 15-15 in set two but back to back points by the Defenders gave Dordt a lead they never relinquished as Leah Kamp recorded the kill off an assist by Jamie De Jager.
Wesleyan appeared poised to send the match to a fourth set with a 22-20 lead and a 24-23 advantage but an attack error tied it at 24. Wesleyan had set point serve on three more occasions before a Dordt block put the Defenders up 28-27 The Tigers tied it at 28-28 but a service error got Dordt to match point and an attack error gave Dordt a 30-28 win.
Dordt had a 46-32 kills advantage and recorded 13 points on blocks to eight for the Tigers.
Ema Altena had 12 kills and Julia Lindbergh 11 while Leah Kamp added nine.
Jamie De Jager put up 40 assists and Aubrey Drake had a match high 27 digs.
Altena also had 15 digs and Hannah Connelly 14.
Kamp was in on seven block assists and Altena six.
Rebecca Frick led Wesleyan with 11 kills.
Dordt is now 16-0 in the GPAC and 23-2 overall while Dakota Weslyean is 4-11 and 16-14.
COACH HANSON SAID
"We were tested in this match by a Dakota Wesleyan team that played hard and kept after us. The third set provided a real wake up for us and I'm really impressed that we scored consistently to keep the match from going into a fourth set. This has been a truly special season and we feel great joy wrapping up an undefeated conference schedule. After a much needed day of rest in church tomorrow we presson toward the next goals that we hope to accomplish.
Dordt travels to face Bellevue on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 to conclude the regular season. Dordt opens quarterfinal round play on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00.