Dordt def. Briar Cliff 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-19)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders handed Briar Cliff its first loss of the conference season while winning their first GPAC match of the year Saturday by a 3-0 count at the De Witt Gym.
Dordt started set one with a 7-2 advantage that held steady throughout with Dordt getting the 25-17 win with Lydia Smits and Jori Bronner each getting a kill and Megan Raszler had an ace serve to give Dordt the final three points of the set.
Set two was tight the entire way as the teams were tied 15 different times up to 20-20. A ball handling error went against Briar Cliff to give Dordt the lead and Bronner had a kill to go up 22-20. Briar Cliff ended the streak on the next point but the Defenders took another point n a Briar Cliff ball handling error and Dordt eventually won it with a Bronner kill followed by Jessi De Jager’s kill for a 25-22 final.
Briar Cliff took and early 5-1 lead in set three but Dordt rallied to tie it 8-8 on an Emma Bousema service ace and the teams were still tied at 13-13 when the Defenders enjoyed a four point run that led to a 16-13 advantage. Briar Cliff only got as close as one the rest of the set and Dordt finished it with back to back kills by Ally Krommendyk and Jori Bronner for the 25-19 win to finish the sweep.
Dordt had a .228 kill efficiency with 37 kills. Briar Cliff was limited to 29 kills.
Dordt had an 8-1 service ace advantage and both teams scored seven points on blocks.
Ally Krommendyk had 10 kills.
Karsyn Winterfeld recorded eight kills and handled 12 serve receptions cleanly.
Jori Bronner had seven kills and Jessie De Jager recorded six with three block assists.
COACH HANSON SAID
We showed great awareness through this match in our defensive responsibilities. Offensively we were able to get many different attackers involved because our ball control kept us in strong court positions.
Dordt is now 9-5 overall and 1-2 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff is 13-4 in all matches and 2-1 in the conference.
Dordt will be off until Saturday, September 21 when it travels to Yankton, South Dakota to face Mount Marty.