Dordt def. Aquinas 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 17-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball team had to overcome a 2-1 sets deficit to defeat no. 16 ranked Aquinas on Saturday, August 31 at the Bellevue Bruin Labor Day Classic.
The Saints were in control in set one after establishing a 9-5 lead and maintained at least a five point lead from the 14-9 point on before winning 25-19.
Set two saw the Defenders fall behind 3-0 to start but Dordt came back to lead 15-12. Aquinas eventually got to within one at 16-15 and again at 17-16. The Defenders built the lead to 19-16 with a pair of Jessie De Jager kills and a service ace by Karsyn Winterfeld pushed Dordt to a 20-16 lead. The Saints got to within 21-20 but a Corrina Timmermans kill stopped the threat and an attack error by Aquinas followed with a Jori Bronner and Ally Krommendyk block establishing a 24-20 lead. Krommendyk and Bronner also teamed up for the set winning block for a 25-21 final.
Dordt looked poised take set three with a 14-10 lead but the Saints battled back to tie it at 19-19 and took the lead for good with a 20-19 difference. Aquinas was able to keep the lead and won 25-22 as Dordt got no closer than 24-22.
The Defenders forged an early lead in set four to go up 15-9. Aquinas again rallied to tie the game at 20-20 but this time Dordt scored five of the last six points to forge the 25-21 win. Dordt’s points came on a kill each by Winterfeld and Ava Van Soelen along with two Aquinas attack errors and a block by Krommendyk and Winterfeld to finish it.
Dordt never trailed in set five, pulling away from a 5-4 advantage to an 8-4 lead. Dordt as still up 14-11 after a Timmermans kill got Dordt to set and match point but Aquinas rallied with three straight points on a pair of kills and an ace serve.
Karsyn Winterfeld got a kill to reestablish the lead for Dordt and Ally Krommendyk and Megan Raszler each had kills to finish the match with a 17-15 final after Aquinas had tied it.
Dordt had a .230 kill efficiency in the match and had a 69-61 kills edge.
Dordt scored seven points on blocks and Aquinas had eight.
Timmermans had 16 kills and Jessi De Jager had 13.
Jori Bronner accounted for 11 kills and Winterfeld had 10 with 17 digs.
Emily Feilmeier had 33 assists with 11 digs and five service aces.
Megan Raszler put up 27 assists.
Ally Krommnendyk was in on six block assists and she had eight kills along with Ava Van Soelen.
CHAD HANSON SAID
“We found some new levels of confidence against a very motivated and competitive Aquinas team. The important take away for us from this match was to find every moment to connect with our teammates and truly love the play time we get to have together.”