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NAIA Volleyball National Championship Pool Play Preview

Posted: November 26th, 2018
Tags: Athletics, Varsity Athletics, Women's Athletics, Volleyball

WHERE AND WHEN…

Dordt will play in the NAIA National Championship field at the final site in Sioux City, Iowa beginning Tuesday, November 27.  The Defenders play a single pool play match each day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The top-two finishers in each of the eight, four-team pools advance to a 16-team elimination bracket with that play beginning on Friday. The matches will be available on KDCR 88.5 FM.  The NAIA produces a pay per view option for online viewing at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/naia/ . Results will be posted to www.dordt.edu/athletics and https://twitter.com/dcathletics and also at https://www.facebook.com/dordtdefenders

THE SCHEDULE…

Dordt will face Reinhardt (Georgia) on Tuesday, November 27 at 8:00 pm and Corban (Oregon) on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 pm.  Dordt concludes pool play at 8:00 on Thursday, November 29 against The Master’s (California).

OPPONENTS…

Reinhardt is making it’s second appearance in the NAIA National Championship field and sports a 34-6 overall record and that Eagles were a perfect 19-0 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. The Eagles played Hastingss early in the season and lost 3-2 to the Broncos and also faced defending national champion Lindsey Wilson in August and lost a 3-0 decision. Brian Goodhind’s team won 20 matches in a row from August 29 to October 26 before losing to Huston Tillotson. Reinhardt followed it’s 19-0 match record in conference play with a sweep of four straight foes in the post-season conference tournament, culminating the championship run with a 3-0 victory over Milligan in the title match.

Reinhardt played an opening round match on November 17 and beat Coastal Georgia to advance to the 32-team final site.

Last year’s Reinhardt team was 29-7 and played in the opening round of the NAIA Championship and saw its season come to an end against Northwest (Washington).

The Eagles are averaging 13.17 kills per set with 9.64 kills allowed. Reinhardt boasts a .251 kill efficiency with 1.81 ace serves per set while allowing 1.06 and the Eagles get 1.49 points per set on blocks while teams get 1.36 against them.

Tessa Colden tops the team with a 2.79 kills per set average and a .269 kill efficiency. Cheetara Bing gets 2.34 kills and Brianna Baez is good for 1.41 with a gaudy .343 kill efficiency. Carlee Baxter puts up 7.95 assists per set and has 47 service aces which is second on the team Colden’s 53. Shadaisha Summerall averages nearly a block per set and Angel Cornista gets to 3.8 digs per set.

Corban is in its third straight NAIA Championship field under coach Kim McClain. The Salem, Oregon based school is 21-11 this season and posted a 15-5 record in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The Warriors absorbed five losses in its first seven outings and fell to Morningside, Northwestern, Dordt and Grand View in a very difficult stretch from August 22-24.

The Warriors were eliminated from the conference tournament in the semifinal round by eventual champion Southern Oregon.  Corban then faced Xavier (Louisiana) at home in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round and scored a 3-0 win to advance to the final site for the third year in a row.  Corban advanced to the quarterfinal round of the elimination bracket last season after going 2-1 in pool play. Two years ago Corban advanced to the round of 16 before being eliminated by Dordt. That year the Warriors were also 2-1 in pool play.

Corban is averaging 12.9 kills per set and allow 10.79. The Warriors have a 186-156 ace serves advantage in 121 sets played but have been outblocked 1.55-2.4 on average.   Adriana Aguayo leads the team with 3.03 kills per set. Cassie Cunningham adds 2.42 kills per set and Avari Ridgway is good for 2.11 kills.

Cierra Lopoldino and Jadyn Mullen split the setting duties with a 5.6 and 5.4 assists per set average each. Kealani Ontai is good for 4.18 digs per outing and Emi Winters is the top blocker with a 0.8 blocks per set average. Madison Pfaff leads the team with 39 ace serves and Jadyn Mullen has 38.  Three other serves have more than 28 but Corban has a 77 percent serve efficiency.

The Master’s is playing in its third NAIA National Championship field and its first since back to back appearances in 2012 and 2013. The Mustangs posted a 29-5 record under coach Allan Vince and was 16-2 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Master’s in-league losses were to Westmont and Menlo. The Master’s then came back to avenge those losses on November 10 in conference tournament play.

The Mustangs have a 12.44 kills per set average and a .215 kill efficiency. The Master’s has a 232-157 ace serve advantage this season and they have a 2.22 blocks per set average.  Opponents have a .132 kill efficiency and 1.59 blocks per set.

Jane Cisar has a 2.62 kills per set average and a .356 kill efficiency. Madi Fay is at 2.32 kills with a .205 kill efficiency. Kaylee Sims and Sarah Park have 5.43 and 4.21 assists per set and Sim has a team high 56 assists. Cisar leads the team with 1.09 blocks per outing and Autumn Stevens is good for 0.82 blocks as well. McKenna Hafner has a 4.11 digs per set average and Sims is at 2.74.

The Master’s put this season together after posting an 11-17 record last year.

THE DEFENDERS…

Dordt has a 27-2 record this fall and finished 16-0 at the conclusion of the GPAC season. Dordt’s last loss was a 3-2 decision at Grand View on September 7.   Dordt’s other loss is a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Rocky Mountain.

Ema Altena leads the team with a 3.95  kill average and she has a .276 kill efficiency while getting to 2.41 digs per set and she has 32 ace serves this year.  Leah Kamp is averaging 2.79 kills per set with a .323 kill efficiency while Ally Krommendyk’s average is 2.23 with a .291 efficiency. Krommendyk returned to play after a three and a half week absence due to injury and played in Dordt’s GPAC quarterfinal win over Concordia. Julia Lindbergh and Jessi De Jager are good for 2.00 and 1.76 kills per set and De Jager is averaging just under a block per set along with Kamp.  Krommendyk leads the team with 1.26 blocks per set.

Jamie De Jager is putting up 10.88 assists per set with 31 aces and 2.34 digs per outing.  She also has a 1.0 kills per set average. Hannah Connelly has 22 ace serves and 1.92 digs and Aubrey Drake has 19 aces and leads the team in digs with 5.22 per game. Dordt has a 147-106 service ace advantage and scores 2.53 points per set on blocks and opponents get 1.78.  Teams are averaging 9.59 kills against Dordt with a .108 efficiency.

Coach Chad Hanson’s eighth Dordt College edition is making the program’s fourth straight National Championship appearance and its fifth in the last six years. Overall, this is the 14th appearance for the Defenders and 12th since 2000. The Defenders were National Runners-Up in 2016 and 2017 and had a semifinal berth in 2003.

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE….

Dordt is in Pool E and the champion and runner-up will advance out of pool play and will face the champion and runner-up of Pool F.  Those matches will be at either 11:15 AM or 3:45 PM on Friday, November 30.  The quarterfinal brackets are scheduled for 6:00 pm and 8:15 pm Friday night. The semifinals will get going at 11:00 am on Saturday with the championship match at 7:00 pm.