(Tuesday, December 4; Sioux Center, Iowa) Dordt College’s Ema Altena (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) and Jamie De Jager (Sioux Center, Iowa) have been named First-Team All-Americans by the NAIA for the recently completed season.
Both are repeat first-team honorees after earning the honor in 2017 as well.
Altena averaged 3.97 kills per set with a .288 kill efficiency and led the team in ace serves with 39 and she also got to 2.36 digs per outing. Altena ends her career with 1,812 kills and ranks fourth all-time at Dordt.
“Ema repeats as a First Team All American this season and she has earned that honor. Any time that Ema entered the front row of her six rotations, teams became instantly aware of her presence and would shift their defense to try and slow her attack down. She provided a tremendous amount of scoring for us as a blocker and server this season. Ema’s ball control digging and passing were great stabilizers for us this season. She is a competitor who continually strove to improve her skill areas for the benefit of the team. Ema has a heart for the Lord and cares deeply about honoring God,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.
De Jager put up 10.86 assists per set with just under one kill per outing and she had 35 service aces with 2.43 digs per set. De Jager graduates from the Dordt program with 5,573 kills which is second all-time.
“For Jamie to repeat as a First Team All-American is an incredible honor and very well deserved. She regularly showed her capabilities as a setter by distributing the set to a highly efficient offense. As an offensive attack threat herself, teams needed to commit a blocker to her and that gave us wonderful options to score. Further, Jamie’s athleticism to run down a dig, keep the play alive with a diving pancake, or serve any zone on the court with power and precision were each factors that contributed greatly to our success this season. Jamie loves the Lord and worked mightily to glorify Him in her play,” said Hanson.
Both have been all-GPAC first-team selections for all four of their seasons at Dordt and NAIA Scholar-Athletes in 2017 and 2018. Altena was three times named to the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament team. De Jager was a 2016 all-tournament pick and was a Second-Team All-American that season and was an honorable mention pick in 2015. Altena was a Third-Team All-American in 2016.
This is the sixth and seventh times Dordt has had a First-Team All-American in volleyball and the first time the Defenders have had repeat selections for the top honor team.