Midland def. Dordt 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 25-21, 13-25)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Midland Warriors advanced to the GPAC Semifinals with a 3-1 win over the Dordt Defenders on Saturday night in Fremont, Nebraska and put the Defenders in a state of limbo as post-season play continues.
Set one was tight through out with neither team mustering more than a four point lead. It was the Warriors who grabbed the four point lead at 17-13 after a Brooke Fredrickson kill but Dordt answered with a four point run with two of the four points coming on blocks and the other two on unforced attack errors. The Defenders grabbed a lead at 19-18 and led 21-20 before Midland used a timeout Back to back points put Midland on top and in control and the Warriors eventually squeezed by for a 25-23 win.
Set two was tight up to a 15-14 Midland and Dordt trailed 19-17 after Karsyn Winterfeld got a kill to stop a Midland run. The Warriors were not to be denied in the set though as they scored the next five points and won 25-18 after Jessi De Jager momentarily stopped the run at 24-18.
Dordt revived itself with a 10-0 run to start set three but the Warriors managed to stop the momentum and crawled all the way back to within 20-18. A service error put Dordt up 21-18 and the Warriors got no closer than three the rest of the set and Winterfeld ended it with a kill.
Thoughts of a comeback were short lived as the Warriors scored back to back points to go up 6-3 and the lead quickly bulged to 17-6. Midland continued to control the set and won the match with the 25-13 victory.
Midland had a 55-47 kill advantage on the same number of attacks. Dordt’s kill efficiency was .152 and Midland’s was .217.
Dordt had a 13-12 points on blocks advantage.
Midland had a 4-0 service ace advantage and Dordt committed nine service errors.
Wintefeld led Dordt with 15 kills and De Jager added 11 while Ally Krommendyk added ten and was in on eight block assists.
Megan Raszler put up 38 assists and Hannah Connelly had 14 digs.
Midland was topped by Brooke Fredrickson with 16 kills.
COACH CHAD HANSON SAID
“With a valiant effort we played hard tonight and came up short. Midland was very efficient in its play and we needed to bring more consistency in our first ball touched serving and passing. With the conference tournament in progress over the week ahead we will wait and see whether we receive an at large bid to the national tournament.”
Dordt is currently 18-11 and will await a potential NAIA National Championship berth. If Dordt qualifies for the 44 team field it would play in an opening round contest on November 23.