Volleyball Primed For Tuesday National Matches

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Volleyball Primed For Tuesday National Matches

MATCHES 

The Dordt Defenders will play two volleyball matches on Tuesday, November 30 at the NAIA National Championship.  The contests will be part of the 24-team field and are part of the two-day, pool play that opens the event at the final site.  

Dordt will play Missouri Baptist at 8:30 Tuesday morning before playing Central Methodist at 3:00.   

COVERAGE 

Dordt vs Missouri Baptist NAIA produced video (fee required)

Dordt vs Missouri Baptist Dordt Media Network audio

Dordt vs Missouri Baptist live in-match stats

Dordt vs Central Methodist NAIA produced video (fee required)

Dordt vs Central Methodist Dordt Media Network audio

Dordt vs Central Methodist live in-match stats

THE POOL 

Dordt 

The Defenders enter play at the final site with an 18-9 record and finished 9-7 in the GPAC and were tied for fifth place in the league. Dordt started the season with a 10-1 record before losing the first of four straight on September 15.  The Defenders are 5-2 in their last seven matches and all of their losses are to teams currently rated 22nd or better in the NAIA poll. 

The Defenders are averaging 12.4 kills per set with a .198 kill efficiency through 27 matches.  Dordt also accounts for 2.39 points per set with blocks and have a 137-105 season ace serves advantage. Teams get 12.25 kills per set against the Defenders and Dordt has limited opponents to .165 kill efficiency this season.   

Corrina Timmermans has a team high 3.39 kills per set average with a .194 kill efficiency and she averages 2.37 digs per set and has a team high 36 ace serves. Jessi Franken has a 2.57 kills per set average and 1.06 blocks.  Alli Timmermans gets 2.51 kills per set and averages nearly a block per set. Grace Langemeier has lifted her kills per set average to 1.6 while Danielle Vande Voort and Ava Van Soelen are at 1.38 and 1.0 kills per set respectively in Dordt’s six-two offense.  Megan Raszler and Campbell Marshall average 6.35 and 4.36 assists per set and Raszler gets to 1.68 digs per contest and has 22 ace serves. Erica Bousema is the leading digger with a 5.29 average and Mia Gamet has a 2.36 average and the two have 21 and 24 ace serves respectively. Makenna Kooima is also getting to 1.83 digs per contest and has 15 ace serves this season.  

Central Methodist 

The Eagles are 29-7 this season and finished 16-3 in the Heart of America Conference. Three of Central Methodist’s losses have come to Park and six of the seven losses are to teams at the NAIA final site.  

Central Methodist averages 13.5 kills per set with a .251 kill efficiency while holding opponents to 11.82 kills per set and a .156 kill efficiency.  Central Methodist has a 195-137 season ace serves advantage and gets 2.44 points per set from blocks.  

Callie Henson is the leader with a 3.06 kills per set average and a .311 kill efficiency. Grace Unnvik is at 2.63 kills per outing with a .373 kill efficiency and Joran Wolfe has 2.44 kills per set. Sydney Healy, Annabelle Maassen and Delaney Miller both all average between 1.65 and 1.78 kills per set. Yenne Schepers and Marina Alonso put up 4.78 and 5.83 assists per set respectively and Krystal Brauner leads the team with 4.86 digs per outing with a team high 46 aces and Maassen is second on the team with 39 service aces this season.  

Missouri Baptist 

The Spartans are 28-2 this season and finished the American Midwest Conference with a 9-0 record. Both losses for Missouri Baptist came on August 27 when it lost to Midland in five and was swept by Viterbo.  Since then the defending national champion has run off 24 wins in a row and has been pushed to five in a match and it has swept the last eight matches.  

Missouri Baptist is led by Giovanni Tapigliani’s 4.15 kills per set and her .364 kill efficiency.  Isidora Stojovic is at 2.67 kills and Raylyn Dodd is good for 2.6. Manuela Vargas has a 12.24 assists per set average to go with 30 ace serves and Tapigliani has a team high 33 ace serves. Dodd si the top blocker with a 1.28 average and Ariana Macies is the leader in digs per set with 5.73.  

Missouri Baptist has a 14.36-9.04 kills per set advantage on opponents and they have a 213-80 season ace serves edge. The AMC champion also averages 2.17 blocks per set while giving up 1.48.  

OPENING ROUND 

Dordt earned a 3-0 win over Bethel (Indiana) 26-24, 25-22, 25-20 and was led by Corrina Timmermans’s 10 kills with nine digs. Jessi Franken and Alli Timmermans each had eight kills and Grace Langemeier and Danielle Vande Voort both had seven. Raszler put up 21 assists and Marshall had 15 with Kooima, Raszler and Gamet all getting two ace serves a piece.  

Central Methodist turned away Southern Assemblies of God (SAGU) 25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 26-28, 15-11 in the opening round with Henson putting down 14 kills and Wolfe had 12. Schepers had 17 assists and Gabi Owczarek had 20. Brauner had 24 digs and two service aces and Maassen had 15 digs with three aces.  

Missouri Baptist had no trouble with Blue Mountain in the opening round by securing a 25-11, 25-22, 25-15 win in St. Louis last week. Klunder had 11 kills and Stojovic recorded 10 while Dodd put down eight. Vargas put up 36 assists and Macies had 15 digs.  

HISTORY 

Dordt has played Central Methodist three times with the most recent decision coming in 2017 as the Defenders built their all-time record to 3-0 against the Eagles.  

Dordt and Missouri Baptist have played five times with the most recent clash coming at the 2020 NAIA National Championship in the semifinal round.  Dordt trails the series 3-2 after losing to the Spartans last season in Sioux City by 25-20, 25-15, 14-25, 19-25, 15-13. Tapigliani had 21 kills and Emma Lattimore 14 while Vargas put up 50 assists and had 25 digs. Dordt was topped by Brenna Krommendyk with 13 kills and Corrina Timmermans added 11. Megan Raszler put up 21 assists and Corina Beimers had 16 while Hannah Connelly got to 16 digs.  

THE COACHES 

Dordt is coached by Chad Hanson and he has been head coach for the Defenders since the 2011 season and he has a 235-93 record. He has guided the Defenders into the NAIA National Championship field seven times and has a pair of runner-up finishes to go with a berth in the quarterfinals and semifinals in those six previoustrips 

Missouri Baptist is led by Chris Nichols and he has been in the post since 2013 and is 304-53 in that time frame with two national titles.  

Coleman Lee is in his third year as head coach at Central Methodist and his career record is 77-14.  This is the third straight year he has led Central Methodist to the final site.  

THE REST OF THE FIELD 

The 2021 field features many familiar faces with Jamestown, Viterbo, Missouri Baptist, Park, Providence, College of Saint Mary, Marian and Corban holding the top sees in their respective pools. Seven GPAC teams made the final site with Concordia, Dakota Wesleyan, Northwestern, Midland, Dordt, College of Saint Mary and Jamestown all getting through to Sioux City.  

NEXT 

The winner of this pool will play at 7:30 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals against the survivors of Pool F which is comprised of Providence, Life and Lindsey Wilson.  The semifinals will be played on Friday night and the championship on Saturday, December 4 at 7:00.