Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan 3-2 (20-25, 29-27, 22-25, 25-18, 15-7)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders had to battle to five sets before turning away Dakota Wesleyan in Great Plains Athletic Conference volleyball play on Saturday in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Dordt battled back to tie set one 20-20 on an Ally Krommendyk kill but Wesleyan responded with five points in a row to end the set and take a 1-0 match lead.
Dordt got out to a 19-10 lead in set two after another Winterfeld kill but the hots wouldn’t go away, staging a rally with eight straight points to cut the lead to 20-19. A Jessi De Jager kill ended the Dordt drought but the Tigers eventually evened the score and took a 23-22 lead after a Dordt attack error. Ally Krommendyk evened the set with kill to make it 23-23 but a service error put the hosts on set point.
Winterfeld responded with another kill and followed with an ace to get up 25-24 but a service error again tied it at 25-25. Dordt didn’t trail again though and score back to back points off of kills by Lydia Smits and Winterfeld to win the set and tie the match.
Dordt rallied in set three from an early deficit but Wesleyan held on for a 25-22 win. In comparison set four held little drama with Dordt forging a 16-11 lead and held on as Wesleyan got no closer than two with Dordt prevailing 25-18.
Kills by Winterfeld, Smits and Krommendyk and an ace by Winterfeld put Dordt up 4-0 in set five. The Tigers got the lead down to 9-6 but Dordt answered by scoring six out of the last seven points. Five of Dordt’s points came on kills by Winterfeld.
Dordt had a .247 kill efficiency while Wesleyan had a .194 kill efficiency.
Dordt had a 12-11 points off blocks edge while Wesleyan had three service aces to Dordt’s five. Dordt had 12 service errors and Wesleyan had four.
Winterfeld led all players with 26 kills and she had 15 digs.
Jessi De Jager had 18 kills and Ally Krommendyk added 13. Lydia Smits accounted for 12 kills.
Jori Bronner and De Jager had seven and six assisted blocks respectively.
Megan Raszler put up 60 assists and Hannah Connelly got to 33 digs.
Dordt will be on the road to face Briar Cliff on Wednesday night, October 3 in its next outing.
Dordt is 11-6 overall and 3-3 in the league.
Dakota Wesleyan is 14-5 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
COACH CHAD HANSON SAID
This match today was a complete team effort and we grew in better understanding of our individual roles within our system. Our team success comes with the career highs for several of our athletes in statistical categories. We are thrilled to get this important road match win in conference.