Midland def. Dordt 3-2 (18-25, 26-24, 26-24, 18-25, 15-7)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders fell to end the regular season against a team it entered play with tied for fourth place in the GPAC.
The Defenders played in their ninth five-set match of the season and their second in a row and moved to 9-7 in GPAC play with the loss.
Dordt won the first set in commanding fashion after trailing 15-14. A Corrina Timmermans kill tied the set and Dordt took the lead for good on an attack error. The string of points reached 11 with an Ally Krommendyk kill for a 25-15 lead and the eventual 25-18 win.
Set two was tied 14-14 when the visitors went on a three point run to lead 17-14. Dordt rallied with Lydia Smits getting a kill for a 19-18 lead and the score was tied at 19, 20, 21 and 23. Dordt had a 23-21 lead after an attack error and a Timmermans kill but the Warriors got a point back on a service error and eventually served for the match at 24-23. Dordt fought off set point with a Timmermans kill but back to back points by Midland gave the visitors a 26-24 lead and energized the group from Fremont.
The Defenders trailed set three 19-13 before three straight points made it interesting. Dordt was still down 21-17 when a Midland attack error started a three point run and Dordt eventually tied it 23-23. Dordt never took the lead and Midland scored two in a row after a 24-24 tie to take a 2-1 match lead.
The Defenders took the lead for good in set four with a three point run to go up 3-2. Dordt never allowed Midland a chance to make it closer in the set and won 25-18.
Unfortunately for Dordt the decisive set five was never close after Midland scored seven in a row to go up 11-4 and the Warriors went on to win the set 15-7.
Dordt had 55 kills to 60 for Midland.
Dordt scored 12 points on blocks and allowed eight. Dordt had a 6-5 service ace advantage and both teams had six service errors.
Dordt was led by Ally Krommendyk’s 18 kills and she had three solo and three assisted blocks.
Corrina Timmermans had 13 kills and Jessi De Jager added 11 with one solo and four block assists.
Megan Raszler recorded 39 assists in the loss and Hannah Connelly had 19 digs.
Midland was led by Brooke Fredickson with 14 kills and Sydney Morehouse had 13 kills.
The two teams will play again on Saturday, November 9 in the GPAC Quarterfinals at 7:00. By virtue of the win on Wednesday he Warriors earned the fourth seed in the tournament and Dordt dropped to fifth.
Dordt is now 18-10 and 9-7 in the GPAC. Midland improves to 10-6 in the league and 18-9 overall.