NAIA Final Site Pool Play
Missouri Baptist def. Dordt 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-20)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt and Missouri Baptist battled in a rematch of last year's national semifinal, a game that saw the Spartans defeat the Defenders 3-0 to open pool play.
The Defenders got out to a 4-3 lead in set one while trading points with their opponent before Missouri Baptist took three in a row to take a 6-4 lead. After Dordt broke the run, the Spartans added four straight, forcing a Dordt timeout at 10-5. The Defenders continued to battle back in to tie the set at 14 on a Mia Gamet service ace. Missouri Baptist later extended their lead to as much as six at 22-16 until Dordt took five of the next six points. Grace Langemeier's kill made the score 24-22 late, but the Spartans took the set on the following point.
The second set also saw both teams hold early leads through the first ten points with Dordt going up 7-6 on an attack error. With the score tied at 10, Missouri Baptist went on a 6-0 run that was broken up on kills from Alli and Corrina Timmermans. The Spartans led by a score of 19-12 before a pair of Missouri Baptist errors and a service ace from Campbell Marshall put the Defenders back within range. Down 22-17, Dordt rallied to tie the game at 24 in a run that featured three Corrina Timmermans kills and Megan Raszler's service ace. The Spartans put away the next two points, however, to win set two 26-24.
The third set was controlled early by the Defenders, as Dordt and Missouri Baptist traded points until the 13-12 mark when Dordt scored three of four points. Trailing 19-16, Missouri Baptist went on an 8-0 run that changed the course of the set. Giovanna Tapigliani finished with a kill on the set point that secured the win for the Spartans.
Dordt had a .173 kill efficiency on 35 kills
Missouri Baptist finished with 49 kills for a .296 efficiency
Campbell Marshall led the team in assists with 17 to accompany three service aces
Corrina Timmermans had a team-high 12 kills for the Defenders
Missouri Baptist was led in kills by Isidora Stojovic and Giovanna Tapigliani with 15 each
Dordt dropped to an 18-10 overall record while Missouri Baptist improved to 29-2
COACH CHAD HANSON SAID
“One of the hard takeaways from this pivotal pool play match is that we needed to be better offensively. There are several factors and we need to be better in each of those factors as we look to this afternoon’s match. I was pleased with how hard we were playing. I was pleased with the grittiness we showed and we were tough from the serve line and really were passing well—I just would have loved to see us be a little more productive with our offense.”
The Defenders will continue Tuesday's pool play in a matchup with Central Methodist (MO) at 3:00 PM.