Five Volleyball Players Honored By GPAC Coaches

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Five Volleyball Players Honored By GPAC Coaches

(Tuesday, November 16; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced its post-season honors for the recently completed conference volleyball season.  

Corrina Timmermans (Junior; Orange City, Iowa), Jessi Franken (Senior; Hull, Iowa), Alli Timmermans (Senior; Orange City, Iowa), Erica Bousema (Senior; Sheldon, Iowa) and Megan Raszler (Junior; Elkhorn, Nebraska) have all earned recognition in balloting done by the conference coaches.  

“Our program worked through a very challenging conference season against high level competition.  Finishing in a tie for fifth in the regular season is a solid accomplishment this particular season.  We are honored to have these five athletes recognized for their work during this regular season and we know that the rest of our team is just as much a factor in the contributions and success of our season,” said Dordt volleyball coach Chad Hanson. 

Corrina Timmermans earned first-team honors after claiming second-team honors last season. Timmermans averaged a team high 3.39 kills per set while also leading the team with 35 ace serves.  Timmermans played all six-rotations for the Defenders and averaged 2.35 digs per contest. 

“Corrina played a strong six-rotation role for us through the regular season and was an important threat in all aspects of the game.  Her digging and blocking protected our court in great ways while her serving and attacking kept a lot of pressure on opposing teams.  She is a selfless competitor who celebrates harder for her teammates successes than her own,” said Hanson.  

Franken earned second-team honors for the second year in a row and was an honorable mention selection in 2019.  She averaged 2.57 kills per set with a 1.09 blocks per set average.  Her kill efficiency was .255 this season.  

“Jessi has consistently been an offensive and defensive threat for our team this season.  Her numbers are worthy of first team consideration.  Between her blocking and her high reach attacking, she regularly plays big over the net.  Her impact has increased as she has gotten more connected with the routes and timing with her setters,” said Hanson.  

Alli Timmermans earned second-team honors after claiming first team honors in 2020.  She had a .284 kill efficiency with a 2.5 kills per set average and 0.74 blocks per contest.  

“Alli regularly produced offensive numbers worthy of first team consideration.  She is a force at the net and has grown in her ability to many different shots around the court.  Her block presents challenges to opposing attackers as well.  Alli has continued to get stronger in her play as the season has progressed and that has been fun to watch,” said Hanson.  

Bousema led the team with 5.38 digs per set and was third in the league in that category and she earned honorable mention recognition.  Bousema also had 21 ace serves.  

“Erica has demonstrated great strength for our program in her serve receive passing, defensive intelligence and hustle, and serving.  She also has really made an impact in our out of system play with her second contact placement for the hitters.  She has continued to grow as the season has progressed,” said Hanson.  

Raszler was an honorable mention pick after putting up 6.33 assists per set and she had 20 ace serves with 1.69 digs per outing.  This is the second time Raszler has earned all-conference recognition after claiming second team honors in 2019.   

“Erica has demonstrated great strength for our program in her serve receive passing, defensive intelligence and hustle, and serving.  She also has really made an impact in our out of system play with her second contact placement for the hitters.  She has continued to grow as the season has progressed,” said Hanson.  

The Defenders finished the season with a 17-9 regular season record and a 9-7 league mark to finish tied for fifth.  Dordt has qualified for the NAIA National Championship and will play Bethel (Indiana) on Saturday, November 20 at 1:00.