Volleyball Hosts NAIA Opening Round Saturday
- Posted Friday, April 16, 2021
- Updated Wednesday, May 12, 2021
WHERE AND WHEN…
The Dordt Defenders will host MidAmerica Nazarene in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 pm.
Tickets for the event have been sold out. There are no tickets available at the door.
MidAmerica Nazarene is 16-9 this season and finished the Heart of America schedule with a 7-5 mark. The Pioneers are 4-1 in their last five matches and posted a 4-2 mark in 2021 and were eliminated in the semifinal round of the Heart of America Conference. In their most recent outing the Pioneers beat Baker on March 23.
MidAmerica Nazarene is averaging 13.13 kills per set with a .203 kill efficiency and scores 2.08 points per set on blocks while allowing 1.85. The Pioneers also have a 143-130 season advantage in ace serves and average 17.97 digs per set.
Jennifer Roth is the leader in kills per set with 3.58 and she has a .221 kill efficiency. Roth also gets 2.95 digs per set and is the co-leader in ace serves this season with 29. Jacqueline Calvert is putting down 2.94 kills per set and has a .358 kill efficiency and she also has 29 ace serves. Rachel Dossett is the leading defender at the net with a 1.03 blocks per set average. Kourtney Hansen leads the team with a 7.88 assists per set average and gets 3.19 digs per outing. Savannah Mathews is the leader in digs with a 3.76 average.
The Defenders are 14-6 overall and 11-5 in the league and won eight straight matches spanning the end of the 2020 portion of the schedule and the start of the 2021 semester.
Dordt is averaging 13.2 kills per set with a .238 kill efficiency and has a 83-64 ace serves edge. The Defenders also record 2.7 points per set on blocks while allowing 12.0 kills per set with 1.5 blocks against per outing.
Jessi De Jager is averaging 2.8 kills per set and Brenna Krommendyk’s average is 2.5. Krommendyk has a .401 kill efficiency De Jager is at .299. Krommendyk’s block average is 1.3 per outing while Alli Timmermans lifted her kill average to 2.4 as well and has a .330 kill efficiency. Corrina Timmermans is averaging 2.3 kills per set in a very balanced Dordt attack.
Hannah Connelly tops the Defenders with a 4.9 digs per set average and Corrina Timmermans is at 2.3 digs. Megan Raszler puts up 6.9 assists per set and Corina Beimers is averaging 4.9.
MidAmerica Nazarene beat Baker 3-0 on March 23 by set scores of 25-23, 25-20, 25-18 and Teresa Saunders was the leader with 13 kills and Roth had 10 with nine digs. Jacqueline Calvert put away nine kills and Hansen had 24 assists.
Dordt lost to Midland in the GPAC Quarterfinals on Saturday, April 3 by set scores of 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21. Brenna Krommendyk had 13 kills and Jessi De Jager had nine while Grace Langemeier accounted for six kills and Megan Raszler put up 25 assists. Hannah Connelly had 14 digs and Dordt had a 15-6 points on blocks advantage.
Dordt leads the series 7-1 and the teams last played in 2018. The 2018 match opened the season for Dordt at the Northwestern Red Raider Classic and Dordt was a 25-18, 25-10, 25-15 winner with Ema Altena recording 14 kills and Leah Kamp 10 while Jamie De Jager put up 30 assists.
Dordt’s Brenna Krommendyk ranks 3rd in hitting percentage with .401 and 5th in blocks per set with 1.32
Allison Timmermans ranks 20th in the NAIA in hitting percentage at .330.
MidAmerica Nazarene’s Jacqueline Calvert ranks sixth in hitting percentage with a .358 efficiency.
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE….
The winner of this match will advance to the NAIA National Championship Final Site in Sioux City, Iowa with pool play beginning on Tuesday, April 27. The bracket portion of the schedule will conclude on Saturday, May 1.
GPAC STANDINGS…(April 15)
Dakota Wesleyan 8-8/12-9
College of Saint Mary 6-10/12-10
Briar Cliff 4-12/12-16
Mount Marty 0-16/5-22
OPENING ROUND PAIRINGS…
St. Mary (Kansas) @
IU East @
Benedictine Mesa (Arizona) @
Georgetown (Kentucky) @
Trinity Christian (Illinois) @
Milligan (Tennessee) @
Bryan (Tennessee) @
UC Merced (California) @
Cottey (Missouri) @
Central Methodist (Missouri)
Mobile (Alabama) @
Mayville State (North Dakota) @
The Master’s (California) @
McPherson (Kansas) @
Grand View (Iowa)
Olivet Nazarene (Illinois @
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kansas) @
William Woods (Missouri) @
Madonna (Michigan) @
Texas Wesleyan @
Bushnell (Oregon) @
Rocky Mountain (Montana)
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) @
Lindsey Wilson (Kentucky) @
Aquinas (Michigan) @
Bethel (Indiana) @
Concordia (Nebraska) @