Dordt College News

Volleyball Plays Four This Weekend

August 28, 2014


WHERE AND WHEN… Dordt College will travel to Bellevue, Nebraska to play in the Bruin Labor Day Classic.  The Defenders will play four matches over the two days on August 29 and 30.   Results will be posted to and and also at .  The Defenders will face Montana Northern on Friday at 1:00 and will finish Friday play at 5:00 against Viterbo (Wisconsin).  Dordt opens play on Saturday morning against Davenport (Michigan) at 9:00 and will conclude the weekend’s play against Baker (Kansas) on Saturday at 5:00.

THE OPPONENTS… Montana Northern enters play with a 3-2 record with losses to Evergreen (Washington) and Eastern Oregon.  Three of the four teams the Skylights will play three matches against GPAC opponents this weekend with Midland and Northwestern filling their schedule along with a fourth match against Grand View.

Northern features a team that is averaging 11.7 kills per set with a .224 kill efficiency and they get to 14.2 digs per outing and score 2.1 points per set on blocks.  Dayna Jensen and Jessica Wilcox lead the Skylights with a 3.3 and 3.1 kills per set average.  Erin Jensen adds 2.2 kills and has a .374 kill efficiency.  Jaden Lynch is putting up 10.3 assists per contest and Sydney Stolearcius leads the team with a 3.7 digs per outing average and Jensen is averaging 3.0.

Viterbo is off to a 7-0 start and has wins over The Master’s, Vanguard, Biola and Westmont.  All four of the aforementioned teams are members of the Golden State Athletic Conference and the wins came at the Biola Classic last weekend.  Viterbo played a match this week against Ashford and earned a win to tune up for this event.

Viterbo has gone with Alicia Olson thus far as she has put away 5.3 kills per set with a .322 kill efficiency and she also gets to 2.2 digs per outing.  Sara Biermaier is good for 2.7 kill sand Natalie Geidel is at 2.5 with a gaudy .454 kill efficiency.  Brianna Brinkman runs the offense with a 10.4 assist average and Jennifer Krentz is good for 4.0 digs per contest.

The V-Hawks average 13.4 kills per set as a team and boast a .282 kill efficiency while getting to 12.3 digs per outing and they score 1.6 points per set off of blocks.

Davenport is playing in its season opener this weekend and will face Midland, Northwestern, Dordt and MidAmerica Nazarene (Kansas) before returning home.

The Panthers were 31-10 last season and lost in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round to Lourdes (Ohio).  Davenport averaged 13.4 kills per set last season and had a team kill efficiency of .221.  The Panthers had a team dig average of 16.7 per contest in 2013 and they also recorded 1.95 points per set on blocks.

Leading returners for Davenport are Marcey De Haan and Hannah Stone.  Stone averaged 2.62 kills per set last season with nearly a block per set.  De Haan averaged 2.59 kills per outing and Amber Getty is back after averaging 10.3 assists per set with 2.3 digs.  The top returning digger is Sidney Rodriguez with a 3.96 per set average.

Baker is 2-2 with wins over Friends (Kansas) and Texas Wesleyan and losses to Texas-Brownsville and Oklahoma Baptist.  All matches were played at a classic hosted by Oklahoma Baptist last weekend.

The Wildcats are led at the net by Shannon Bond with a 2.45 average and she has a .361 kill efficiency.  Hannah Bettge contributes 2.0 kills per outing and Danielle French is knocking down 1.92 per set with a .288 kill efficiency.  Bettge is good for 2.0 kills per set as well and she gets to 2.1 digs.  Sara Slater leads the team with 7.0 digs per set through four matches and 13 sets.

Baker averages 11.0 kills per set with 17.15 digs and 2.69 blocks.

THE DEFENDERS… Dordt is 2-2 after play last weekend at the Biola Classic.  Dordt beat The Master’s (California) and Rocky Mountain (Montana) on Friday after losing to Vanguard (California) and Concordia (California) on Thursday.

The Defenders average 11.47 kills per set with a team kill efficiency of .189.  Dordt averages 12.29 digs and 2.35 blocks per outing.

Brooke Wolterstorff leads the team with a 3.35 kill average and her kill efficiency is .253.  She also gets to 2.47 digs per set and is in on nearly a block per set.  Jenna Horstman is putting down 2.0 kills per set and Elizabeth Kiel is averaging 1.71 kills with a .253 kill efficiency and 1.06 blocks per set.  Haley Moss is putting down 1.47 kills per outing and averages just under a block per set.  Heather Showers is at 1.59 kills per set and Kayla Bartman attacks for 1.12 kills per set with a 7.71 assist average and she gets to 2.06 digs.  Meghan Krausman is second on the team with a 2.24 dig average and Summer Jansen is averaging 2.06 digs.  Krausman has nine service aces to top the team and Jansen and Siri Nelson each have six.

LAST ACTION… Montana Northern’s last play was on August 23 when they beat Simpson (California) by sets scores of 23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-6.  Jensen pace d the team with 14 kills and 18 digs while Wilcox had ten kills and Janelle Hoff had 22 assists as she played three sets and Lynch played one and had ten assists.

Viterbo’s last play was on August 26 when it hosted Ashford and won 24-26, 25-11, 25-19, 25-12.  Olson had 22 kills in the win.

This is the season opener for Davenport.

Baker lost to Oklahoma Baptist 25-22, 25-12, 25-18.  Kallie Fischer had seven kills and Bond six as Baker was limited at the net by the Bison.  Bettge put up 11 assists and Slater had seven digs.

Dordt beat Rocky Mountain on Friday, August 22 by set scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-11.  Horstman led the balanced Dordt attack with 14 kills and six digs.  Wolterstorff had 12 kills and ten digs with five block assists.  Moss had 11 kills and was in on one solo and eight assisted blocks.  Bartman put up 45 assists and had 15 digs with six kills and Krausman led the team with 17 digs and Jansen had 13.

HISTORY… This will be the first meeting between Dordt and both Davenport and Montana Northern. 

The Defenders are 5-1 in matches played against Baker with the most recent decision coming on August 23, 2013 in a match played in Orange City.  Dordt won by scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-17.  Lindsey Floen had ten kills in the win and Kayla Gesink put up 24 assists.  Kayla Broekhuis got to 19 digs as Dordt totaled 59 digs and had a team kill efficiency of .225 while limiting Baker to .050 efficiency.  Hannah Bettge had eight kills and Danielle French seven in the loss for Baker.

Dordt is 0-2 in matches against Viterbo.  The Defenders and V-Hawks squared off in last year’s Bruin Labor Day Classic and the V-Hawks survived for a 21-25, 27-25, 24-26, 25-22, 15-8 win to move their record to 5-0 at the time.  Olson put down 29 kills on 51 total attempts and had 12 digs.  Jenna Horstman had 17 kills in the loss and Lindsey Floen had 14 while Brooke Wolterstorff put down 12.  Broekhuis had 12 digs and Gesink put up 48 assists and had six kills.

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE… Montana Northern is scheduled to travel to California on September 5 and 6 against Biola, UC Merced, Texas-Brownsville and Concordia (California).

Viterbo is scheduled to host a classic on September 5 and 6 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin.  The V-Hawks will play Bellevue (Nebraska), Campbellsville (Kentucky), Valley City State (North Dakota) and Saint Francis (Indiana) at the two day affair.

Davenport is scheduled to play four matches next weekend at a classic hosted by Madonna (Michigan).  The Panthers will face Windsor, Rochester (Michigan), Saint Xavier (Illinois) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).

Baker will host a classic on September 5 and 6 and will face John Brown (Arkansas), Doane (Nebraska), Morningside (Iowa) and Sterling (Kansas).

Dordt will face Mid-America Nazarene (Kansas) and Jamestown (North Dakota) on Friday and Saturday at Northwestern, September 5 and 6.

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.  Three of Dordt’s opponents this weekend, Viterbo-15, Davenport-24 and Baker-receiving votes, are mentioned in the pre-season poll.

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