Altena and De Jager Earn National Honors

Altena and De Jager Earn National Honors

(Thursday, October 11; Sioux Center, Iowa)  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), has announced it’s national players of the week for volleyball for matches played October 1-7.

Ema Altena (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) and Jamie De Jager (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) earned attacker and setter honors respectively 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. Altena currently leads the 18-2 Defenders with a 4.06 kills per set average to go with 2.43 digs and she has 17 service aces.

“What an incredible honor for Ema to be recognized nationally for her work accomplished last week.  She is having a tremendous season and leads us in many different ways.  Ema strives to grow each day in our gym and that has been a joy to watch her growth lead directly into competitive success.  We praise God for this honor that she received,” 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 national setter-of-the-week honors twice this season.  De Jager has a 10.85 assists per set average to go with one kill and 2.26 digs per outing and she leads the team with 23 service aces.

“Jamie is such a physical competitor and will do whatever it takes to keep a rally alive for her team and give her attackers another swing at the ball.  She is a student of the game and seeks for any little areas of improvement she can gain.  This has been a fun season to watch her talent and work ethic peak into each match she gets to compete.  Praise the Lord for this honor that Jamie received,” said Hanson.

Dordt is 11-0 in GPAC play and continues the season on Saturday at home against Concordia before going to Briar Cliff on Tuesday, October 16.