NEWS & EVENTS
Dordt College News
All-GPAC Volleyball Announced
November 14, 2012
(Tuesday, November 13; Sioux Center, Iowa) Kayla Gesink (Sophomore; Sioux Center, Iowa) leads a list of six Dordt College volleyball players earning all-GPAC honors for the recently completed 2012 season.
Gesink earned first-team honors while Kayla Broekhuis (Junior; Edgerton, Minnesota), Danae Geels (Senior; Sheldon, Iowa) and Katelyn Schuller (Sophomore; Orange City, Iowa) all claimed second-team honors. Lindsey Floen (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) and Loy Sahr (Senior; Sutton, Nebraska) were named to the honorable mention list.
“Our team was composed of such balance in scoring and defensive production that quite often it was hard for teams to key in on any one player of ours to try to stop. Further, we played so well in that balance that as long as it was there, we were successful. The overall conference talent was deep this year which explains why the All-Conference 1st and 2nd teams have many new faces. I am pleased with this year’s variety of talent on our team as we had 6 of our athletes earn all-conference honors. Our program continues to grow stronger as recognized by the conference.” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.”
Gesink led the Defenders in assists with 9.26 per set and also had a 2.5 digs per set average along with 35 ace serves.
“Kayla Gesink earned immediate respect and attention from the conference coaches through her consistent delivery of the ball, strong defense both at the net and backrow, competitive serving, and on-court leadership during the season. She surfaced as the GPAC Setter of the Week October 9th which further distinguished the important role she played on our team,” said Hanson.
Geels earned second-team honors for the third time in her career after averaging 2.57 kills with a .262 kill efficiency.
“Danae once again was a pillar for our offensive attacking and right side blocking. Other schools kept a continuous eye on Danae through our rotations and they were relieved when she would sub out in the backrow,” said Hanson.
Schuller came back from an early season injury to average 2.46 kills with a .193 kill efficiency to claim second-team and has earned all –conference recognition twice in her career.
“Katelyn had a solid season for us as our primary outside hitter. She worked through some tough injuries as the season progressed and continued to find a way to lead us in kills at times,” said Hanson. “Though her kill average and attack percentage were lower compared to last year, our opponents placed primary emphasis to track where Katelyn was at all times. She also developed consistency attacking on the right side as a way of creating more scoring options for our team.”
Broekhuis led the team in digs with a 4.32 per set average and she also had 30 ace serves.
“Kayla Broekhuis continued to improve as the season progressed. She was a stable force along the serve receive and defensive side of the ball,” said Hanson. “She also demonstrated great offensive production as a server by leading the Liberos in the conference in service aces. She further solidified a strong position in the eyes of the conference when she earned GPAC Defensive Player of the Week honors October 30th.”
Floen earned honorable mention with a 2.4 kills per set average to go with a team high 1.19 blocks per outing and she had a .287 kill efficiency. Floen has earned all-conference honors all three years at Dordt College.
“Lindsey had another solid year which is not fully reflected by her Honorable Mention honors. She was near the top of our conference in blocking and provided great stability attacking. She is a savvy hitter and provided a steady presence along our front row in transition and out of system offense,” said Hanson.
Sahr accounted for 1.99 kills per set and had a .242 kill efficiency and also had nearly one block per set.
“As a former outside hitter, Loy brought a tremendous commitment to the middle position by not only working into it but by succeeding in it this season,” said Hanson. “She was continually one of two top blockers on our team each match, and her offensive production gained more confidence with each match she played.”