Post-National Tournament Honors For Defenders

Post-National Tournament Honors For Defenders

(Monday, December 4; Sioux Center, Iowa) At the conclusion of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship several accolades were awarded and the Dordt College athletes and teams were recipients of several of those awards.

Summer Jansen (Senior; Sheldon, Iowa) was named the Libero of the Year for her play in the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team along with Ema Altena (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) and Leah Kamp (Junior; Tinley Park, Illinois)

Jansen handled 153-157 serve receptions cleanly during the seven-match run for a 97.5 percent success rate.  She also led the team with 5.35 digs per set as the Defenders claimed runner-up honors at the event for the second year in a row.

“Our national tournament success was greatly impacted by the contributions and leadership of Summer.  Each defensive scheme and adjustment we made was only done with her input and involvement.  She knows the game so well and studies our opponent’s with eagerness.  In addition to her knowledge and on-court skill impact, Summer brought a passion to each play that was exhibited in how hard she celebrated her teammates successes.  She had a tremendous national tournament at the pinnacle of an outstanding senior year and career,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.

Altena was on the all-tournament team for the second year in a row and led the team with a 3.92 kills per set average and had five service aces and a 2.35 digs per set average.  Altena also handled 111-116 passes off serves cleanly.

“Ema came into the National Tournament with very strong attacking numbers and high on the scouting reports of each team that we faced.  She continued to score points and often lead us in kills.  Ema also produced strong stability in our serve receive passing and back court defense.  She is well deserving of this all-tournament recognition,” said Hanson.

Kamp averaged 3.77 kills per set and had a .379 kill efficiency and was in on 0.88 blocks per set. Kamp averaged 5.5 kills per set in Dordt’s last three elimination bracket matches Friday night and Saturday.

“Leah played her best volleyball of the year at the best time of the year.  Her contributions to us in point production through attack kills and blocking along with high energy were instrumental for our continued success through the National Tournament. She and Jamie grew increasingly connected with each match and that was a joy to see.  This award is well deserved for Leah and is a small picture of her total season of contribution,” said Hanson.

The NAIA Champions of Character Team Award is selected for each of the 25 National Championship Sports. Institutions nominate their team using documented displays of exemplary character and sportsmanship on the field, on campus and in the community including outreach presentation so of the NAIA’s five core values.

“For the fourth time that I’ve coached my team in this National Tournament, the Champions of Character recognition is something that I have coveted for my group to receive.  Knowing they are such high quality young women who strive to serve God and others in more areas than just athletics, this recognition to conclude an amazing tournament experience has been the best outcome possible for us this year.  We are greatly honored that the NAIA would give us this award and we strive regularly to exemplify what God would want us to do with our efforts, that is, to love Him and love our neighbor,” said Hanson.

The Defenders were NAIA National runner-up finishers for the second straight season last week.  NAIA All-American honors will be announced on December 5.