(Thursday, May 28; Sioux Center, Iowa) Ariel Vander Woude, a senior at Ripon Christian High School (California), has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender volleyball program.
"Ariel has a lot of volleyball background in many different skill areas on the court. A versatile athlete who will provide great depth for us at a number of positions. She has had a great influence of coaches while playing for Monique DeJong, Brittany Vander Schaaf, and Ava Vander Woude at Ripon Christian. We are excited for Ariel to join us this fall as she continues to grow in all areas of her life through The Defender Way," said Dordt volleyball coach Chad Hanson.
Vander Woude recorded 557 assists, 94 kills, 74 ace serves and 332 digs while earning all-conference honors. She was also named a scholar-athlete in basketball and softball. Vander Woude helped Ripon Christian to a share of a league championship this year and a D5 Section title. She was also a part of section championship teams in basketball and softball.
"I chose Dordt for a few reasons. I am majoring in Animal Science and I like what the Ag Department offers in classes and hands on education. The Christianity and faith values of Dordt University, along with the support of students, staff and teachers that have helped me thus far," said Vander Woude.
Ariel is the daughter of Arlan and Ava Vander Woude of Ripon, California. She plans to study Animal Science at Dordt.
Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian university rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).
U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.