GPAC Honors For Defender Trio

GPAC Honors For Defender Trio

(Wednesday, October 10; Sioux Center, Iowa)  The Great Plains Athletic Conference and Hauff Mid-America Sports has announced volleyball players of the week for matches played October 1-7.

Ema Altena (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa), Jamie De Jager (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) and Aubrey Drake (Senior; Rock Island, Illinois) have swept the honors for the Defenders.

Altena claims attacker-of-the-week honors after recording 50 kills in three wins for the Defenders.  She averaged 4.5 kills per set as the Defenders beat Viterbo, Morningside and the College of Saint Mary. Altena also had nine blocks and had a kill efficiency of .374. It’s the first time this season Altena has claimed the honor.

“Ema has had the best start of her career this year.  This past week was one more example of her ability to produce points as an a attacker while also contributing in so many other areas defensively, serving and passing.  She has continued to grow this season with adding offensive shots to her powerful swing.  Ema has been leading us well and we praise God for this honor that she’s received.  It is well deserved,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.

De Jager claimed the honor after averaging just under 12 assists per set. She had 130 total assists in 11 sets and recorded four service aces and was in on 10 blocks. In the Defenders’ win over Viterbo she had four digs per set. Viterbo was rated no. 4 in the country when Dordt handed them the 3-1 defeat.  De Jager has claimed the setter-of-the-week honors four weeks in a row.

“Jamie played really solid volleyball last week helping us overcome some feisty opponents and running an offense that attacks from so many different angles,” said Hanson. “This honor for her is always appreciated and humbling as she simply seeks to serve her teammates in every way possible.”

Drake had 69 digs in the three sets and had four service aces. In the win over Viterbo Drake had over six digs per set. Drake earns the honor for the second week in a row.

“Aubrey played really strong volleyball last week and continued to provide amazing court coverage through each of our rotations. We rely on her instincts and feedback in making any adjustments through our matches. She's well deserving of this honor,” said Hanson.

Dordt traveled to Jamestown on Tuesday night and secured a GPAC win and will resume play in league play on Saturday at home against Concordia.