Columbia def. Dordt 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 13-25, 13-25)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball team lost a 3-1 decision to Columbia (Missouri) in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA National Volleyball Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.
The loss ended the Dordt College season while Columbia advances to the semifinals with the win.
Dordt had a .414 kill efficiency in set one and controlled the set, taking the lead for good at 7-6 with a Julia Lindbergh kill. Dordt’s lead varied between two and three points before back to back kills by Ally Krommendyk for a 20-16 lead and Dordt went on to win 25-20.
Set two was equally tight with the Defenders getting back to back points to pull away from a 16-16 tie to lead 18-16 after another Krommendyk kill. Four straight points by Columbia gave it the cushion it needed. Dordt did get within 20-19 with a Krommendyk and Jamie De Jager block but the Cougars built a 23-20 lead and won 25-22.
A 10-4 start put the Cougars up and it was more than enough to give them a 25-13 win and set four was very similar with an 18-8 start leading to a 25-13 win to finish the set.
Dordt was limited to 16 kills and had 11 errors in sets three and four while the Cougars closed with 28 kills and just six errors.
Dordt had 43 kills to 55 for Columbia. Columbia had a 9-3 service ace edge and a 13-8 blocks advabtage.
Ema Altena had 18 kills and a .556 kill efficiency with four digs.
Julia Lindbergh and Ally Krommendyk each had seven kills and Krommendyk had five block assists and one solo block.
Leah Kamp put down five kills.
Aubrey Drake had 12 digs and two service aces.
Jamie De Jager had 37 assists and nine digs with a solo block and two block assists.
Maria Sandoval had 14 kills and Caroline Clifford had 12.
Manuela Vargas put up 46 assists and got to 11 digs.
Columbia will play in the national semifinals on Saturday morning at 11:00 against Viterbo.
COACH HANSON SAID
“Early in the match we were active and moving with our attacks and we were hard to defend and took away Columbia’s strengths. Later in set two Columbia became stronger and ran more in system. The third and fourth sets it was harder and harder for us to get out of that slump. I’m so blessed and pleased with how this team stayed together and stayed united and stayed competitive pushing and fighting for extra points.”