Dordt def. Carroll 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt matched up with Carroll College for the second time this season, and the Defenders took a four-set victory in both meetings with the Fighting Saints.
Set one was controlled by the Defenders, taking an early lead and never trailing. Dordt went on a 4-0 run to take a 13-6 lead on a block from Jessi Franken and Campbell Marshall, and after Carroll got two points back, Corrina Timmermans had a successful attack attempt to put Dordt up 15-9. Carroll had a late comeback attempt but it was not enough as Alli Timmermans scored the final three Defender points to give Dordt a 1-0 advantage.
The Defenders jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the second, but Carroll chipped away at their deficit to eventually tie it at 17. Dordt scored the next three points, which led to a Saints timeout, which shifted the momentum back to Carroll. Lexi Mikkelsen and Taelyr Krantz added the final two points to tie the match at one set each.
Carroll led the way for most of the third set, at one point holding a 16-11 lead. Dordt fought back to tie the game with a kill from Jessi Franken, and following a Carroll timeout, maintained a slim lead. With the game tied at 23, Ava Van Soelen and Alli Timmermans each added a kill on assists from Megan Raszler, winning set three 25-23.
It was another quick start for Carroll in set four, who opened with a 12-3 lead over the Defenders. After a Dordt timeout, the two teams traded points and then Dordt went on a 5-0 run capped off by a service ace from Mia Gamet. The Defenders continued to rally and eventually took a 19-18 lead on a kill from Ava Van Soelen. With the score tied at 22, Carroll committed two attack errors and Jessi Franken added a kill to close out the win for Dordt.
Dordt had a kill efficiency of .218 compared to Carroll's .223 percentage
Corrina Timmermans led the team in kills with 20 on a .231 percentage
Erica Bousema had 24 digs in the match
Jessi Franken and Brenna Krommendyk each had 5 blocks
The Defenders led in service aces 6-2
Dordt is now 8-0 and Carroll is 5-4
COACH CHAD HANSON SAID
"We grew in competitive and skill execution strength as this match played out. Blocking became a factor in our favor as well as strong serving. We continue to get more familiar with each other with every match we play. This tournament and caliber of competitive teams keeps pushing us to dive into deeper levels of our potential."
The Defenders will play again tonight vs. ninth-ranked Viterbo in La Crosse, Wisconsin.