Dordt defeats Northwestern 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-21)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt won its first post-season GPAC Tournament title since 2006 with a sweep of Northwestern at the De Witt Gym on Saturday night.
Playing the match in front of a near capacity crowd the Defenders started quickly in set one with a 5-1 run with two Northwestern attack errors, a pair of Ema Altena kills and a block.
Northwestern rallied to tie the set at nine and 10 but Dordt scored four in a row to go up 14-10. Altena started the run with a kill and a block, Aubrey Drake ace and a Northwestern ball handling error put Dordt up by four. Northwestern got to with three but got no closer with Altena finishing the set with a block.
Northwestern started set two with a 4-2 advantage but a six point run by the Defenders put them up for good and the lead ballooned to 15-6 before the visitors got to within five, the last time at 23-18. Ally Krommendyk had a kill to end the threat and then recorded a block to finish the set 25-18.
Set three was tight up to an 18-17 Northwestern lead but a service error tied it and Krommendyk scored a point with a kill and Dordt eventually led 20-18. Northwestern had the score down to 20-19 and 21-20 before back to back points gave the Defenders room to breathe and they won it 25-21 on a kill by Leah Kamp.
Dordt had a .237 kill efficiency to .130 for Northwestern.
Dordt had a 7-3 ace serve edge and a 9-5 blocks advantage.
Northwestern committed seven service errors and Dordt had four.
Altena and Kamp led a balanced Dordt attack with nine kills each.
Jessi De Jager had seven kills and Julia Lindbergh and Krommendyk each had six.
Jamie De Jager and Aubrey Drake each had two ace serves and Drake had a match high 14 digs.
De Jager put up 35 assists.
Altena had a team high two solo and four assisted blocks.
Northwestern was led by Lauryn Hilger and Emily Van Ginkel with nine kills each.
Dordt is 27-2 and will advance to the NAIA National Championship Final Site in Sioux City with play beginning on November 27. Northwestern also earns an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship and will likely advance directly to Sioux City as well. All assignments will be learned Sunday afternoon, November 11.
COACH HANSON SAID
It’s crazy in this three-set match that there were no hitters with double figure kills. I love our blocks—nine blocks in a three-set match….that’s a good sign for our defensive focus. I was really encouraged with how our defense went about it (executing defensive plan).