Dordt defeats Corban 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-10, 25-19)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College bounce back from a loss in set one to secure a 2-0 pool play record with a 3-1 win over Corban on Wednesday night at the NAIA National Volleyball Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.
Dordt took a 17-10 lead midway through set one and seemed to have it in hand with a 21-16 advantage before the Warriors staged a comeback scoring six out of seven points to tie the set 22-22. A service error put the Defenders up 23-22 but Corban tied it again at 23-23. Dordt had one serve for the match after an attack error gave it a 24-23 ead but three straight kills by Adriana Aguayo gave the Corban the unlikely win.
The Warriors proceeded to get up 10-7 as Avari Ridgway knocked down four kills in a row. A timeout followed by an Ally Krommendyk kill stopped the run and Dordt eventually tied it at 10 ant took the lead for good at 12-11. The lead grew to 17-14 and Dordt scored six points in a row to win a 25-16 decision on a kill by Julia Lindbergh.
Set three was never close as Dordt rolled to a 10-5 lead before adding runs of five, six and three points on the way to a 25-10 win. Dordt looked destined for another lopsided win in set four but a 13-4 barely held up as Corban got to within 13-11 and 14-12 before back to back points gave the Defenders a four point cushion that was never smaller than three on the way to 25-19 victory.
Dordt had a 49-47 kill advantage and a 4-0 service ace edge.
Dordt recorded 14 points on blocks to six for the Warriors.
Corban got nearly half of its kills in set one as it totaled 21.
Dordt had a .248 kill efficiency and was led by Ema Altena with 16 kills while Krommendyk had 10 on 16 attacks with just one error. Krommendyk also had 11 block assists.
Julia Lindbergh recorded nine kills and Leah Kamp had eight.
Jamie De Jager put up 36 assists.
Aubrey Drake got to 22 digs and Hannah Connelly had nine.
Emily Feilmeier had two service aces.
Ridgway had 17 kills and Aguayo 13.
Kealani Ontai recorded 17 digs and Lauren Condon had 11.
Dordt will face The Master’s in the pool finale for both at 8:00 Thursday night. Dordt has secured the top spot in the pool and will play in the round of 16 Friday morning at 11:15 against the loser of Lindsey Wilson and Eastern Oregon.
Corban plays Reinhardt at 6:00 tonight with the winner advancing to the round of 16 at 3:45 on Friday against the Lindsey Wilson-Eastern Oregon winner.
COACH HANSON SAID
“Corban went early and often to their outside hitters—combined they had 16 kills after the first set. The blocking and defensive adjustments we were trying to make—some of them were good adjustments we just needed to live them out better on the court. Later in the match we changed our defense and that was a beneficial change for us.”