Dordt College News

Two fall teams make trip to nationals

January 11, 2009

Kendra Potgeter led the Defender volleyball team in kills and kill effi ciency en route to a 2008 national tournament berth.

The Dordt College athletic department wrapped up its fall season in early December

Two teams earned trips to the NAIA National Tournament to highlight outstanding seasons.

The women’s soccer team advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in the team’s history. The Defenders hosted a game with Park University of Missouri and played the Pirates to a 1-1 draw through two overtimes. Park then advanced to the round of sixteen in the tournament with a 5-3 advantage aft er a shootout to determine which team advanced.

The Defenders finished the year 18-1-1, with Coach Dave Schenk earning Great Plains Athletic Conference coach-of-the-year honors in his first year on the bench. Kate Du Mez and Kelsie De Nooy claimed Off ensive and Defensive GPAC Player of the Year honors respectively. Du Mez earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors for the second year in a row.

The Defender volleyball team advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, aft er beating Indiana Wesleyan in the opening round of the tournament in Sioux Center. Th e Defenders were one of twenty-four teams to comprise the fi nal site fi eld that played three matches in pool play. Dordt lost three tight matches in pool play to fi nish their year with a record of 32-10.

The 32 wins matched Dordt’s 2007 win total. Kendra Potgeter, a middle blocker who led Dordt in kills and kill efficiency in 2008, was named an NAIA All-American Second Team member.

Dordt sent two runners to the NAIA National Cross Country Meet in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jen Kempers ran in her third consecutive national meet and finished as an All-American for the second straight year. Kempers concluded her highly decorated career with a 9th place finish in a time of 17:41 for the 5,000 meter race. Brent Van Schepen qualified for the men’s field and ran a personal best time of 26:21 over the 8,000 meter course to place 132nd in a field that featured over 300 runners.

Before the fall sports were fi nished, the winter sports had taken the court and ice. The Blades hockey team ended their semester with a 13-6 record and are 8-1 in the newly formed North Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Blades have eight games remaining on their regular season schedule which resumes January 15. The Blades will host the Pacific Regionals at the Vernon Arena February 13 and 14.

The Defender men’s basketball team won eight of their first ten games and played before several alumni over the Thanksgiving weekend in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where the Defenders treated the fans to a pair of wins. The bulk of the Great Plains Athletic Conference season takes place aft er January 1. The Defender women have won three games in the first semester while playing without a full lineup, since several were members of the soccer team. Th e Defenders will have their anticipated lineup of regular players in place in a tournament hosted by Northwestern on December 30 and 31.


Sports Information Director

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