Dordt def. Reinhardt 3-0 (25-7, 25-12, 25-18)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender volleyball team opened play at the NAIA National Championship with a 3-0 win over Reinhardt in pool play on Wednesday, November 28 in Sioux City.
Reinhardt led in all three sets but those leads were shortlived in two of the sets and the Eagles surrendered a run at the midpoint of the third set and couldn’t keep pace with the Defenders.
Dordt used a 6-0 run to take a 7-3 lead in set one and then closed the set by scoring 11 of the last 12 points in a 25-7 win.
Reinhardt led 1-0 in set two but Dordt scored 12 of the next 14 points to lead 12-3 and rolled 25-12 in the set.
Dordt limited Reinhardt o eight kills in sets one and two combined while hitting for over a .500 kill efficiency.
Reinhardt, the Appalachian Conference champions with a perfect 19-0 record, managed to take an 11-8 lead for the Defenders again got a string of points, this time with Jamie De Jager in the service area and led 18-13 when she left and the Defender lead was never under four the rest of the set.
Dordt had a 38-17 kills advantage and hit .386 while Reinhardt hit for negative numbers with -.053 kill efficiency.
The Defenders had seven aces and seven service errors while Reinhardt had three aces and six errors.
Dordt piled up 13 points off of blocks while Reinhardt had two.
Julia Lindbergh had eight kills while Ema Altena, Ally Krommendyk and Leah Kamp all had seven kills.
Jamie De Jager had 27 assists and two service aces with seven digs.
Aubrey Drake had two service aces and a match high 12 digs.
Krommendyk led Dordt with six block assists and one solo.
Cheetara Bing had seven kills and Kelley Adkins recorded 11 digs.
Dordt is 1-0 in pool play and will face Corban who was a 3-1 winner over The Master’s on Tuesday.
The Master’s and Reinhardt will play on Wednesday night at 8:00.
COACH HANSON SAID
“I was excited to see many of the things we worked on and put in place and on paper for the last two weeks of preparation for this match felt really really good. I think the key was in areas that don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet was hitting our serving zones. I felt like we had servers who got good streaks of serves. We also were able to create some imbalances in the Reinhardt offense with our blocking—I love to see 13 blocks—that’s really exciting. We were hoping to key in on some of their statistical leaders and we saw some of that pay off for us.”