Northwestern def. Dordt 3-1 (22-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Northwestern Red Raiders came back after losing set one and defeated Dordt in GPAC play on Wednesday night, September 11 in Sioux Center, Iowa. The match was a battle of top-20 ranked teams. Dordt was no. 19 in the poll released earlier today while Northwestern was in the no. 2 spot.
Dordt jumped out to a 6-2 lead in set one with Karsyn Winterfeld getting a kill to take the four point lead. The lead eventually grew to 17-10 with an attack error by Northwestern giving Dordt its biggest lead of the night. Northwestern trimmed the lead to 20-18 but got no closer than the two point difference and Dordt won it on a Jessi De Jager kill for a 25-20 win.
Dordt was down 7-6 in set two but allowed four unanswered points and the lead grew to 21-11 before winning 25-13 on back to back kills by Anna Wedel and Emily Van Ginkel.
Set three was tied 7-7 after a De Jager kill for Dordt but Northwestern took the lead on a service error and Northwestern followed with two more points. The Defenders gradually got behind 21-13 but the Defenders rallied to within 24-20 after a Corrina Timmermans kill but Northwestern used a timeout and got the next point out of the timeout to prevail 25-20.
The Defenders had brief leads in set four but couldn’t get any separation and trailed 10-7 after a Northwestern service ace. The Defenders were able to get within two on several occasions, the final at 16-14 on a Karsyn Winterfeld kill. Northwestern scored nine of the next 10 points to win 25-15.
Northwestern had a .328 kill efficiency and Dordt was limited to a .126 kill efficiency.
Dordt had an 8-7 points of blocks advantage and Northwestern had a 4-3 service ace edge.
The Defenders got 13 kills from Karsyn Winterfeld.
Jori Bronner had seven kills for Dordt and Corrina Timmermans had six.
Jessi De Jager also had six kills and two block assists.
Northwestern was led by Anna Wedel’s 22 kills.
Dordt will take an 8-5 overall record and an 0-2 GPAC mark into a conference contest on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center against Briar Cliff.
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