Grand View defeats Dordt 3-2 (25-19, 25-12, 15-25, 16-25, 18-16)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a match of two ranked teams the Grand View Vikings survived a comeback effort by the Dordt Defenders and prevailed with a 3-2 match win.
The Defenders started slowly and trailed 2-0 in the match after 25-19 and 25-12 losses. Dordt had set one tied 11-11 before a five point run by the hosts put them up 16-11. Three of the points in the run came on service aces.
Set two was all Grand View as the no. 2 rated team ran away with an 11-2 lead and the Defenders were unable to mount a credible threat in losing 25-12.
As much as Grand View controlled the first two sets, Dordt was able to control sets three and four. Two blocks for points started the Dordt momentum swing in set three and the Defenders went up by as much as 21-11 before settling for the 23-15 win.
Set four was similar with the Defenders holding a 14-9 lead after an Ally Krommendyk kill and the visitors never got closer than five the rest of the set in falling 25-16.
The teams were tied at 4-4 before Dordt got an 8-5 lead with Ema Altena recording a kill to put the Defenders up by three. Grand View responded with three in a row to tie it and the teams were tied at every point through 16-16. Grand View took its first lead of the match at 16-15 on a Courtney Twit kill and Krommendyk got a kill to tie it but Twit followed with another kill and a dump for a kill by Grand View’s setter finished the set and match.
Dordt had a 57-45 kill advantage and hit for a .201 kill efficiency to .124 for the hosts.
Dordt had a 68-55 digs advantage but Grand View scored 12 points on blocks to Dordt’s nine.
Grand View had 13 service aces against six errors while Dordt had four service aces with 11 service errors.
Altena had a match high 16 kills with nine digs.
Ally Krommendyk had 13 kills and was in on seven total blocks—one solo and six assisted.
Leah Kamp had 11 kills and Jessi De Jager recorded seven.
Jamie De Jager put up 47 assists with 10 digs and four block assists.
Aubrey Drake had 16 digs and Hannah Connelly and Erica Bousema each had 12.
Dordt is 6-2 while Grand View improves to 9-0.
COACH HANSON SAID
In the Rocky Mountain match, the last time we went five sets, we had six kills and six errors in set five. Our serving and passing was stellar in that fifth set. In this match I’m really pleased our attack percentages were high in set five. I think our best volleyball continued to happen as the match progressed and often times it comes down to a play or two.
Dordt’s road swing continues with a match at St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa on Saturday night.