Dordt def. Midland 3-0 (25-18, 15-25, 25-16, 25-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt earned a spot in the GPAC Volleyball Tournament championship match with a 3-1 win over the Midland Warriors on Wednesday night in Sioux Center.
Dordt pulled away late in set one for a 25-18 victory after trialing 14-13. The Defenders tied it on an attack error at 14-14 and two more attack errors by the visitors put Dordt up for good in the set. Julia Lindbergh’s kill stopped a Midland threat for a 19-16 lead and the lead grew to 22-16 with Ally Krommendyk ending the run with a kill. Dordt held on to win 25-18 with Leah Kamp punctuating the win.
Set two was all Midland early with a 12-1 deficit and the difference proved to be too much for Dordt to overcome as the Defenders closed to within six but got no closer. Midland finished the set with three straight points.
Dordt recovered and never trailed in set three, pushing out to a 10-6 lead. The Defenders used a Jamie De Jager kill to start a six point run that ended with De Jager serving two aces in a row for a 19-9 lead and Dordt finished the set with a 25-16 victory.
Set four was tied 9-9 after an Ema Altena kill and the Defenders took the lead for good on a block by Altena and Krommendyk. Dordt scored 11 of the next 12 points to take control of the set and Krommendyk eventually ended the set and match with a block and Dordt had a 25-15 win.
Dordt had a .303 kill efficiency in the match and scored ten points on blocks.
Midland hit for a .102 kill efficiency and scored six points on blocks.
Altena led Dordt with 15 kills and she had three block assists.
Kamp had 11 kills and hit .474 for the match with two errors in 19 attacks and she was in on two block assists and one solo.
Lindbergh had eight kills with no errors in 14 attacks and Krommendyk recorded seven kills and six block assists with one solo.
De Jager had 35 assists and 14 digs with three ace serves.
Aubrey Drake had a match high 18 digs.
Dordt is 26-2 and will host Northwestern on Saturday night at 7:00. Northwestern beat Hastings 3-1 to earn the spot opposite Dordt in the final.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We rose to the occasion tonight in a strongly contested match against Midland. They served great and we settled into a better passing rhythm as the match progressed. We also found different stretches of scoring from many attackers. With more lessons learned of how to compete and make adjustments in a match we look forward to the GPAC Tournament Finals this Saturday in our gym.”