Dordt College News

Dordt Volleyball Opens Season In California

August 19, 2014

WHERE AND WHEN… Dordt College will travel to California for the Biola Summer Slam August 21-22.  The Defenders will play four matches over the two days before returning home from the early season tests.  Results will be posted to and and also at .  Biola will provide a video webstream of all contests here.

THE OPPONENT… Dordt is scheduled to face Concordia (California) and Vanguard (California) on Thursday, August 21 at 2:00 and 6:00 respectively.  The Defenders will face The Master’s (California) and Rocky Mountain (Montana) on Friday at 10:00 and 2:00.  All times listed are Central time.

Concordia—The Eagles concluded the 2013 season in the semifinal round of the NAIA National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa and posted a 27-3 overall record and the Irvine, California based school was 13-1 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.  The three losses for Concordia last season were to Vanguard, Texas at Brownsville and Biola.  The Eagles were no.3 in the final poll by the 2013 NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Poll.

Concordia’s top returning hitter is Jessica Israel with a 3.83 kills per set average. Reanna Schelhaas had a .354 kill efficiency last season and averaged 2.19 kills per set.  Jenee Henderson returns after putting up 7.34 assists per set and she had a team high 38 service aces in 97 sets played last season.  Concordia averaged 14.7 kills per set last season while allowing 9.26 and they got to 14.95 digs per outing and the Eagles scored two points per set on blocks.

Vanguard—The Lions were 22-9 in 2013 and posted a 10-4 record in the Golden State Athletic Conference.  Vanguard qualified for the NAIA National Championship and went 0-3 in pool play at the Sioux City event before finishing no. 19 in the final coaches’ poll.  Vanguard is located in Costa Mesa, California.

Jessica Neves was the top player for Vanguard at the net last season and returns after averaging 2.96 kills per set and she also averaged 2.03 assists per outing.  Kelly Heenan got to 5.28 digs per set in 2013 and Ashli Bellinger is good for 2.57 digs per outing.  Bellinger also had a team high 33 service aces last season.

The Masters—The Santa Clara, California based school was 23-9 last season and finished 8-6 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.  The Mustangs finished the year well with a 3-0 performance in pool play at the NAIA National Championship before falling to Wayland Baptist in the elimination round.  The Mustangs finished the season no. 6 in the NAIA post-season poll.

The Mustangs averaged 12.98 kills per set while allowing 11.11 and had a season kill efficiency of .232.  The Master’s posted a 16.15 digs per set average.  The top returner on offense is Aubrey Bekendam. Bekendamput up 8.7 digs per set last season while averaging 1.36 kills and 2.38 digs per outing.  Allison Child is back after averaging 1.75 kills per outing in 2013 with a .247 kill efficiency.  Aubrey Pyburn also had an impact on the outside for the Mustangs with a 1.83 kills per set average.

Rocky Mountain—Rocky Mountain was 25-9 last season and finished 13-3 in the Frontier Conference.  The Grizzlies finished the year 18th in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll and went 0-3 in pool play at the NAIA Championships.

Rocky Mountain did not feature a senior on the 2013 roster.  The Bears averaged 12.2 kills per set and had a team kill efficiency of .217.  They got to 19.3 digs per outing and posted 2.9 blocks per set.  Yang Yang is the top returning offensive player with a 3.51 kill average.  Anna Dewald is good for 2.43 kills and Ahlea Billis also put away 2.43 kills per set in 2013.  Tori Bertsch was the setter and averaged 8.26 assists and Brooke Myers was good for 3.76 digs per outing.

THE DEFENDERS… Dordt is coming off a 2013 season where the Defenders posted a 25-9 overall record and a 12-4 GPAC mark.  Dordt advanced to the NAIA National Championship final site in Sioux City like all four of their weekend opponents and posted a 2-1 record in pool play.  The Defenders were eliminated in the elimination portion of the tournament when they lost to Wayland Baptist in the match to set the quarterfinal pairings.

Dordt returns Kayla Bartman at setter.  Bartman accounted for 10.48 assists per set with 2.25 digs and she also put down 1.1 kills per outing.  Bartman was named third-team All-American at the conclusion of the season and claimed all-GPAC honors.  Also returning is Brooke Wolterstorff.  Wolterstorff accounted for 3.11 kills per set with a .290 kill efficiency in her freshman campaign and also recorded 2.44 digs per outing while claiming Freshman of the Year honors in the GPAC and from the AVCA.  Jenna Horstman had a 2.87 kills per set average and Elizabeth Kiel had a 1.57 average.  Siri Nelson played in 122 sets in 2013 and averaged nearly a dig per set with 21 service aces.  Meghan Krausman averaged 1.33 digs per set and put down 1.89 kills per outing.

LAST ACTION… This action marks the opening of the 2014 season for Concordia.

Vanguard lost to Viterbo on August 16 25-18, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23.  Heerlyn and Neves both had 13 kills and Hays put up 23 assists in the loss.  Vanguard was limited to a .190 kill efficiency in the loss while Viterbo had a .232 kill efficiency. 

The Master’s also played Viterbo last weekend and found themselves on the short end of a 25-13, 25-21, 17-25, 25-18 score.  Pyburn put down 13 kills in the loss and Bekendam had 28 assists with six kills.

This is the season opener for Rocky Mountain.

HISTORY… The Defenders are a combined 0-2 against the four opponents with the only matches played in the series against Concordia and The Master’s in 2011.  The matches were played at a classic hosted by Point Loma Nazarene.  The match with The Master’s was a 25-22, 25-20, 25-11 team for the California team.  Katelyn Schuller had 11 kills in the loss and Jana Van Zanten nine.  Jocelyn Bousema got to nine digs and Kayla Gesink put up 11 assists.  Against Concordia the following day the Defenders lost 25-15, 26-24, 25-11.  Danae Geels and April Solsma each had five kills and Bousema had nine digs with Gesink accounting for nine assists.

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE… Concordia will host a classic next weekend and is scheduled to face Olivet Nazarene, Great Falls, Montana Tech and Concordia (Nebraska).

Vanguard will play at the classic hosted by Concordia and is scheduled to face Concordia (Nebraska), Menlo (California)  and Westminster (Utah).

The Master’s will play West Coast Baptist on Wednesday before playing in the Concordia Invite against Montana Tech, Mayville State (North Dakota), Menlo (California) and Great Falls (Montana).

Rocky Mountain is scheduled to face Montreat (North Carolina), Georgetown (Kentucky), Texas Wesleyan and Embry Riddle (Florida) next weekend.

The Defenders are scheduled to face Montana Northern, Viterbo (Wisconsin), Davenport (Michigan) and Baker (Kansas) next weekend, August 29 and 30 at the Bellevue Classic in Bellevue, Nebraska.

NATIONAL POLL…The first Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll was released on Tuesday, August 19.  The Defenders are no.13 in the poll and totaled 337 points in the balloting.  Other teams of note in the poll include GPAC members Northwestern at no. 5 and Midland no. 7.  Hastings is in the receiving votes portion of the poll.  This weekend’s opponents Concordia no. 2;  Rocky Mountain no. 17; The Master’s no. 19 and Vanguard no. 22 all hold spots in the voting done by 20 coaches representing conferences and independent schools.  Texas at Brownsville was the unanimous no. 1 selection after recording a 37-0 record in 2013.

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