Women's Volleyball Battles Bethel In Opening Round
- Posted Friday, November 19, 2021
Dordt will host Bethel (Indiana) on Saturday, November 20 at 1:00 pm. The match is a NAIA National Championship Opening Round contest.
Per NAIA Guidelines masks are required and will be available at the admission gate.
The Pilots are 28-8 this season and finished 12-6 in the Crossroads League. Bethel had won five matches in a row before taking a loss to Marian in the conference semifinals. The Pilots were 9-2 in October and beat Mount Vernon Nazarene in the quarterfinal round of their league playoffs on November 6. Bethel’s losses this season are to Viterbo, Taylor (twice), Mount Vernon Nazarene (twice), Marian (twice) and Indiana Wesleyan.
Bethel is putting down 12.4 kills per set with a 10.9 average and the Pilots have a team kill efficiency of .216. Bethel has a 197-160 ace serves advantage and records 2.73 points per set on blocks.
Isabelle North is averaging 3.05 kills per outing with a .385 kill efficiency and Maddy Payne’s kills per set average is 2.58 and Cheyanne Seymour has a 2.02 kill average. Madyson Beaver and Caroline Mullet loft 5.28 and 4.63 assists per set respectively and Beaver leads the team with 53 service aces. Payne also has 37 service aces and Paige Hickey has 35. Jackeline Fernanadez gets to 4.16 digs per contest and North and Payne lead the defense at the net with 1.17 and 1.34 blocks per set respectively.
The Defenders are 17-9 this season and finished the league year 9-7. Dordt’s losses this season are to Jamestown (twice), College of Saint Mary (twice), Midland, Dakota Wesleyan (twice), Northwestern and Viterbo.
Dordt started the season with eight straight wins and 10 of their first 11 before dealing with some injuries that changed the Dordt lineup significantly.
Corrina Timmermans leads the team with a 3.39 kills per set average to go with 2.35 digs and a team high 35 service aces. Jessi Franken averages 2.57 kills with a .255 kill efficiency and 1.09 blocks and Alli Timmermans is averaging 2.5 kills with a .284 kill efficiency. Grace Langemeier and Danielle Vande Voort account for 1.58 and 1.33 kills per set. Megan Raszler averages 6.33 assists and Campbell Marshall is good for 4.34. Erica Bousema gets to 5.38 digs per set and Mia Gamet is averaging 2.39 and the two have 21 and 22 ace serves each.
Dordt gets 12.36 kills per set with a .196 kill efficiency while posting a .196 kill efficiency. Dordt records 2.42 blocks per set and have a 130-102 season ace serves advantage.
THE PATH HERE
The Pilots were 12-6 in league play and finished fourth in the conference standings. The fourth place finish put Bethel against Mount Vernon Nazarene in the quarterfinals the Pilots avenged two earlier losses with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 win behind 13 kills by North and nine by Whitaker while Beaver put up 25 assists.
In the semifinal round the Pilots couldn’t solve the number one seed Marian and lost 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 with Maddy Payne and Cheyanne Seymour getting seven kills each and the Pilots got just four points on blocks.
Bethel was rated no. 24 in the final NAIA Coaches’ Poll and earned one of 12 at-large berths into the 48-team field.
Dordt finished in a three-way tie for fifth place in the GPAC and was seeded seventh in the league tournament. Dordt lost a quarterfinal round contest to the College of Saint Mary by set scores of 25-22, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-23. Corrina Timmermans and Alli Timmermans had 14 and 11 kills each with Raszler putting up 21 assists and Marshall had 15. Dordt recorded 13 points off of blocks in the loss.
Dordt is coached by Chad Hanson who has been at the helm of the Dordt program since 2011. He’s posted a 234-95 record and has guided the Defenders to NAIA National Championship in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021.
Katie Weiss has been the head coach at Bethel since 2017 and the Pilots are 90-81 in those four-plus seasons. Last year’s team posted a 25-8 record and qualified for the final site in Sioux City, Iowa.
This is the first meeting between the two teams.
The winner of the match will advance to the NAIA Final Site in Sioux City, Iowa with play beginning on November 30 with the 24 teams making up an event that starts with round-robin pool play with three teams in eight pools.