Women's Volleyball Hosts Ottawa Friday Afternoon
- Posted Thursday, March 11, 2021
- Updated Wednesday, May 12, 2021
WHERE AND WHEN…
The Defenders will host Ottawa in a Friday afternoon match in the resumption of the 2020-21 season. The match will begin at 4:30 pm.
Crowd size will be limited to 30% capacity in the DeWitt. Spectators are asked to sit in designated rows and wear face masks in accordance with the GPAC mandate requiring masks at GPAC competitions this season.
Ottawa was 10-3 in the first semester of this season and then resumed play in late January and has compiled a 13-2 record in 2021 for an overall mark of 23-5. Ottawa is currently leading the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 19-2 mark and will play three more matches before the postseason.
Ottawa is averaging 13.0 kills per set with a .215 kill efficiency. The Braves are allowing 10.96 kills and a .119 kill efficiency. Ottawa also records 2.67 points per set on blocks and they have a season advantage of 141-122 with service aces.
Ayona Tharps averages 3.36 kills per set with a .241 kill efficiency and Katelyn Elstun is at 2.49 and Ryleigh Burdick has a 2.44 kill average. Zari Montgomery accounts for 5.8 assists per set and has 24 ace serves. Ava Taton has a team high 35 ace serves and 2.95 digs and Emily Jackson has a 4.11 digs per set average.
The Defenders are 12-5 overall and 11-5 in the league after winning six straight matches to end the 2020 portion of the season.
Dordt is averaging 13.1 kills per set with a .242 kill efficiency and has a 77-49 ace serves edge. The Defenders also record 2.5 points per set on blocks while allowing 12.1 kills per set with 1.4 blocks against per outing.
Jessi De Jager is averaging 2.6 kills per set and Brenna Krommendyk’s average is 2.5. Krommendyk has a .387 kill efficiency De Jager is at .291. Krommendyk’s block average is 1.4 per outing while Alli Timmermans lifted her kill average to 2.5 as well and has a .352 kill efficiency. Corrina Timmermans is averaging 2.3 kills per set in a very balanced Dordt attack.
Hannah Connelly tops the Defenders with a 4.7 digs per set average and Corrina Timmermans is at 2.2 kills. Megan Raszler puts up 7.0 assists per set and Corina Beimers is averaging 4.8.
Ottawa swept Tabor on March 10 by set scores of 25-22, 25-22, 25-22. Ayona Tharps led the team with 13 kills and Caitlyn Cox added nine. Zari Montgomery accounted for 26 assists and Katelyn Elstun had 13 digs and Emily Jackson 14.
Dordt turned away Northwestern back on October 27 to conclude the first semester play and finish a six match winning streak. Dordt was a 25-22, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18 winner behind Corrina Timmermans’ 17 kills and Jessi De Jager had 11. Raszler and Beimers had 21 assist each and Connelly got to 23 digs.
Dordt leads the series 4-0 and the last time the teams played was in 2017 when Dordt beat Ottawa in NAIA National Championship pool play.
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE….
Dordt will travel to Grand View to face the Vikings on March 23 at 4:30 pm in the final tune-up before the GPAC Tournament begins on Saturday, April 3.
GPAC STANDINGS…(March 11)
- Jamestown 15-1/21-1
- Northwestern 13-3/15-3
- Concordia 12-3/12-3
- Dordt 11-5/12-5
- Midland 9-7/10-8
- Dakota Wesleyan 8-8/12-8
- Hastings 7-8/8-9
- Morningside 7-9/11-12
- College of Saint Mary 6-10/13-10
- Briar Cliff 4-12/12-16
- Doane 3-13/5-13
- Mount Marty 0-16/5-22