Van Groningen To Join Defender Volleyball

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Van Groningen To Join Defender Volleyball

(Monday, January 11; Sioux Center, Iowa) Lukas Van Groningen, a senior at Ripon Christian High School (California), has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender volleyball program.

“Lukas is a great athlete with a court composure and skill set that will immediately impact our program,” said Dordt volleyball coach Chad Hanson. “He can run a great offensive tempo and is explosive to chase down a ball or get off the ground quick to block at the net. He will provide great competitive depth for us in the setting position. We are grateful for the work coaches Kevin Tameling and Carl Wheeler have put into his development on the volleyball court. Lukas is a wonderful fit for our campus community and we are excited to see him live out the Defender Way.”

Van Groningen is a 6-0 setter and had 268 assists with 66 kills, 40 blocks and 23 digs for Ripon Christian. He earned all-league honors and competed in multiple sports for Ripon Christian and claimed all-league honors in basketball as well.  He has also competed for the Rage Club program.

“Dordt has a great agriculture program and a good Christian foundation. I connected with the team on my visit and enjoyed the campus,” said Van Groningen.

Lukas is the son of Chris and Laurie Van Groningen of Ripon, California. He plans to study Ag-Business.

Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA). 

U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.