- No.16 Dordt falls to No.5 Midland 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-27, 15-13)
No.16 Dordt's upset bid came up short as the Defenders fell to No.5 Midland in a thrilling five-set match, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-27 and 15-13.
The loss drops Dordt into a three-way tie for fifth place in the current GPAC standings at 8-7, 16-8 overall. They are tied with Concordia and Northwestern, all with one match left to play in the regular season.
Alli Timmermans put away 12 kills in 34 attempts to go with 3.5 blocks to lead the Defenders. Jessi Franken was also in double figures with 10 kills and totaled seven blocks. Corrina Timmermans was one kill shy of another double-double, contributing nine successful attacks to go with 14 digs.
Back-to-back kills from Alli Timmermans sparked a 4-0 Defenders run as the hosts went up 14-10. Midland rallied late, tying the set at 21, only to have Dordt score four of the next five points to win set one.
Tied at 19 late in the second, Midland scored four straight points, finished off with an ace serve from Jessie Moss, en route to a 25-22 win.
Dordt started fast in set three, racing out to a 5-1 lead. Midland rallied to tie the set at 11, and with the score tied again at 15, the Warriors rode the attack of Taliyah Flores to outscore Dordt 5-1 to take control and get a 25-19 win.
Down by four early, Dordt fought back to tie the score, 14-14, on a kill from Ava Van Soelen and blocks by Van Soelen and Danielle Vande Voort. Midland and Dordt traded points, until a 4-1 surge put the hosts in front 23-20 after a Midland error. The Warriors came back to tie it at 23 and the set was tied at 24 and 25; a Midland service error gave Dordt a one point advantage and Alli Timmermans blasted a kill down to give the Defenders the win.
An early 5-2 Defenders lead was erased by Midland, who outscored the hosts 9-1 to take an 11-6 advantage. Still down by five (12-7), Dordt made one final charge back, cutting the Midland lead down to 14-13 after kills by Alli Timmermans and Vande Voort. Midland, however, won the final point on a kill by Brooke Fredrickson.
Said Head Coach Chad Hanson, "We played hard tonight and showed tremendous poise by coming back from a 2-1 deficit. The fifth set was impressive as well with our strong finish that came up just two points short in the end. Our blocking was incredible tonight. With a great day of rest tomorrow, we look forward to playing this week in the final regular season match at Briar Cliff."
By the Numbers...
- Dordt hit .148 and totaled 22 blocks compared to .126 and eight blocks by Midland
- Midland held the edge in aces, 6-1.
- Megan Raszler lofted up 26 assists, Campbell Marshall totaled 17
- Erica Bousema match Corrina Timmermans with 14 digs
- Taliyah Flores totaled a match-high 23 kills while both Brooke Fredrickson and Cortlyn Schaefer had 12 digs.
The Defenders will close the regular season at Briar Cliff on Tuesday, Nov. 2.