Dordt def. The Master's (22-25, 29-27, 25-16, 25-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball team concluded pool play at the NAIA National Championship with a 3-1 win over The Master’s late Thursday night. Dordt was the pool champion and advances to the 16-team elimination bracket that begins play on Friday at 9:00 AM. Dordt’s match is at 11:15 and it will face Eastern Oregon.
Dordt started slowly and never led in set one before falling 25-22. Dordt had the lead down to 20-19 after an attack error by the Mustangs but Dordt couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 25-22 after getting within 22-21 on a block by Ema Altena and Leah Kamp.
The Defenders found themselves down 14-8 in set two before rallying to tie the score 23-23 with a Kamp kill. Dordt had to tie it again at 24 and 25 and didn’t lead until a Julia Linbergh kill put the Defenders in front 26-25. The Master’s had one more set point serve at 27-26 but Ally Krommendyk had a kill and a block to give Dordt the lead and Erica Bousema finished the set with a service ace for a 29-27 win.
Dordt pulled away from an 8-7 lead in set three to lead 20-11 and won 25-16 with little suspense and that continued into set four as Dordt scored the first eight points and won 25-12.
The Master’s had 33 kills in the first two sets and nine in the final two sets and had more errors than kills.
Dordt had a .250 kill efficiency after recording a .113 efficiency in the first set.
The Defenders were helped by a 12-3 ace serve edge but were outblocked 9-7.
Ema Altena had 15 kills and five service aces.
Leah Kamp and Jessi De Jager had 12 kills each and Krommendyk recorded ten.
De Jager had 46 assists and two aces with 14 digs and Aubrey Drake had 14 digs.
Krommendyk had three solo and three assisted blocks.
Madi Fay had a team high 11 digs and Kayla Sims put up 20 assists with two service aces.
Dordt takes a 30-2 record into the round of 16 and will face Eastern Oregon at 11:15 Friday morning.
The Master’s ends its season with a 30-7 record.
Dordt’s quarterfinal slot would be a 6:00 Friday night contest against the winner of Hastings and Columbia.