Dordt def. Doane 3-2 (25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 15-11)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender volleyball team kept its hopes for a top-four finish in the GPAC alive with a 3-2 win over Doane on the road Saturday night in Crete, Nebraska.
The Defenders started the match with a 25-17 win over the Tigers in set won, pulling away from a 12-11 lead with a five point run that ended with them up 21-14. Three of the points in the run came on attack errors by the Tigers and another on a block. Corrina Timmermans had a kill after Doane ended the string and Timmermans also got a kill to finish the set.
Set two featured eight ties with the Defenders scoring six points in a row to turn a 14-14 tie into a 20-14 advantage. Jessi De Jager and Jori Bronner each had a pair of kills in the run and the Tigers never got closer than 23-20. An Ally Krommendyk block finished the set and put Dordt up 2-0 after the 25-20 triumph.
Doane came out fast in set three with a 6-1 lead but Dordt rallied to within 16-15 after a De Jager kill. The Defenders appeared poised to steal the set by taking a late lead on an attack error that put the visitors up 22-21. A kill for Doane tied it 22-22 and the Tigers proceeded to score the next three points to fight off the sweep.
Set four was tied 11-11 but a three-point run by Doan got them in control and Dordt was unable to rally and fell 25-20 to force a decisive set five.
In set five a Karsyn Winterfeld kill tied it 5-5 and back to back aces by Winterfeld put Dordt up 7-5. Timmermans had kill to push the lead to 8-5. The Tigers never got closer than 10-8 after that point with Winterfeld ending the match with a kill and a 15-11 win.
Dordt had 71 kills to 62 for the hosts. Dordt had a .245 kill efficiency.
Dordt scored six points on ace serves and allowed one. Doane had a 10-7 points off of blocks edge.
Karsyn Winterfeld had 19 kills and four service aces with 13 digs.
Jessi De Jager had 15 kills and Corrina Timmermans added 14.
Ally Krommendyk had 13 kills and five block assists with one solo block.
Jori Bronner added six kills.
Megan Raszler had 50 assists and Hannah Connelly 29 digs.
COACH CHAD HANSON SAID
“We needed to win this road match in order to have a chance to stay in the conference’s top-four. We showed great poise tonight through a strong start and an exciting finish.”
Dordt is 18-9 overall and 9-6 in the GPAC. Doane is 16-12 overall and 7-8 in the league.
Dordt will host Midland in the regular season finale for both teams on Wednesday, November 6.