Dordt defeats Bellevue 3-0 (29-27, 25-11, 25-20)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball finished the regular season with a sweep of Bellevue on the road Tuesday night.
Dordt seized the early lead in set one and was up 7-3 before the hosts fought back to tie the set at 20-20. The Defenders were up at one point 18-14 but the Bruins put together a three point run and led 21-20.
The set was tied at 21, 22, 23 and 24. Lydia Smits had a kill to allow Dordt to survive one set point but the Bruins had two more tries at winning the set before Jessi De Jager tied it at 27-27 with a kill and Jamie De Jager followed with a kill for a 28-27 lead. Bellevue was saddled with an attack error to finish the set and Dordt won 29-27.
Set two was never close as Dordt quickly got up by a 12-4 count and went on to win 25-11 with kills by three different players on the final three points.
Bellevue seemed to regroup and led 15-12 but the Defenders managed to put together a six point run to go up 21-17 and the Defenders were 25-20 winners with Ema Altena putting down the final point with a kill.
Dordt had a .224 kill efficiency and had 46 kills to 29 for the Bruins.
Dordt was outblocked 12-8.
Both teams had two service aces.
Leah Kamp and Ema Altena each had 14 and 13 kills each.
Jamie De Jager had 34 assists and 16 digs while Aubrey Drake had 23 digs.
Jessi De Jager had seven kills while Smits and Julia Lindbergh had five each.
Dordt is 24-2 to conclude the regular season and will open GPAC Tournament play on Saturday against a foe to be determined.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We played well tonight. This match was a great one to help us play a nationally ranked team that we might see again in a few weeks. This opportunity to play a team out of our conference where see a different style of offense and defense is really beneficial. We want to stay flexible in how we adjust to teams. I am pleased with how we wrapped up our regular season tonight. What a special team and season we have shared together.”