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Fall teams make way for winter ones

By Mike Byker

Volleyball

The Dordt College Defender volleyball team recently concluded their 2007 season with a trip to the NAIA Region III tournament and a 32-9 record. The Defenders started the season with a 12-1 record before dropping two conference games at the start of the GPAC season. Backed into a corner, the Defenders responded with nine conference wins in a row and an 11-5 GPAC record—tied for fourth in the league race.

For the second consecutive season the Defenders had to go on the road for the Great Plains Athletic Conference quarterfinals against Briar Cliff and for the second consecutive season the Defenders knocked the Chargers off and solidified their spot in the six-team NAIA Region III volleyball tournament. They were eliminated after pool play, but this was the thirteenth straight year that the Defenders have qualified for the NAIA Regional Tournament.

For the second time in her career, Emily Van Voorst earned first-team all-GPAC honors as a setter. The senior from Rock Valley, Iowa, put up 12.6 assists and had 2.7 digs with 42 service aces for the Defenders.

Kendra Potgeter and Dorinda Hibma both earned second-team all-GPAC honors. Potgeter, a freshman from Byron Center, Michigan, put down 3.4 kills per game with a .271 kill efficiency and led the team with 1.3 blocks per game. Hibma, a freshman from Sioux Center, Iowa, was the team leader in digs with 5.5 per game and 44 ace serves. Kristin De Ronde, eight months removed from a knee injury that cut her basketball season short last winter, earned honorable mention honors from the conference coaches after leading the Defenders with 3.8 kills per game and 1.0 blocks per outing. De Ronde is a junior from Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Tom Van Den Bosch completed his eleventh year on the Dordt College bench and has a 374-82 record at Dordt College. He holds the Dordt College record for the coach with the most wins.

Football

The first-ever Dordt College football season came to an end on Monday, November 5, with a 13-10 win over a junior varsity team from Northwestern College. The Defenders ended the season with a 3-5 record and won three of their last four games. Four of the losses were decided by a total of 23 points.

The Defenders were led on offense by a ground game that gained an average of 168.5 yards per game with Derek Kammerlocher, a freshman from Colleybille, Texas, leading the way with 795 yards on 113 carries for a 7.0 yards per carry average. Kammerlocher would have threatened the 1000-yard barrier if not for injuries that kept him completely out of one game and cut the last game of the season short for him.

Ben Robbins, a sophomore from Mason City, Iowa, actually got the bulk of the carries, rushing 131 times for 473 yards on the ground for 59.1 yards per game average. Joey Vander Schaaf, a freshman from Ripon, California, showed his versatility with 39 carries for 167 yards and also made eight catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Vander Schaaf also saw time as quarterback for the Defenders.

Ryan Campbell, a junior from Fort Worth, Texas, was the top pass catcher on offense, snagging 27 passes for 265 yards—just a shade under ten yards per catch, and Adam Shirley, a junior from Waterloo, Iowa, was 53-132 through the air with two touchdown passes for 575 yards.

Defensively the Defenders allowed just 128 yards on the ground per game and 158 yards through the air. The defense recovered 14 fumbles and made 17 pass interceptions. Willie Smoot, a freshman from Calumet City, Illinois, was the leader of the defense, making 42 solo tackles and 38 assisted stops with 18 tackles for loss. Chris Minnema, a sophomore from Visalia, California, had 33 solo tackles and three interceptions and was credited with 11 pass breakups. Jake Dykstra, a freshman from Orange City, Iowa, had 27 solo stops and Fred Leyendekker, a sophomore from Visalia, California, had 21. Leyendekker had five interceptions and returned three for touchdowns and Dykstra had three picks.

Leyendekker and Smoot split most of the punt returning chores with Smoot averaging 13.5 yards per return while Leyendekker’s average was 8.7. Leyendekker also handled the punting at the end of the season and averaged 35.3 yards per kick on 11 attempts while Nick Sohre, a freshman from Milaca, Minnesota, converted three field goals with a long of 36. Sohre also had 34 punts for 33.5 yards per kick.

Kammerlocher had eleven touchdowns and Leyendekker three.

Men’s Soccer

The 2007 Dordt College men’s soccer season came to an end on Saturday, October 27, with a 3-0 loss to the Dana Vikings, closing the book on an 8-7-2 campaign and a year where the Defenders were 5-5-2 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

The Defenders ended the year by winning five of their last seven games and four of their last five to get them back in contention for a playoff berth in the NAIA Region III post-season tournament. Losses to Dakota Wesleyan and an early loss to Bethel (Minnesota) proved too costly to overcome in the long point system for determining the final two spots in the six-team post season tournament.

Ryan Coon, a senior from Thornton, Colorado, earned all-GPAC, all-NAIA Region and NAIA honorable mention honors for the third year with eleven goals and six assists despite being double and triple teamed much of the season. The forward completes his Dordt College career with 43 career goals and 106 career points, good for ninth and eighth respectively.

Dan Koolhaas, a senior from Escalon, California, had five goals and four assists this season—second on the team in both categories and played in all 17 games. Brandon Vander Wel, a senior from Colorado Springs, is the third senior on the roster and appeared in five games in goal for the Defenders this season, making 25 saves while allowing eight goals.

Dordt scored 31 goals this season and also allowed 31. The top-scoring underclassmen on the roster are Andrew Wubben, a junior from Bradenton, Florida, who scored four goals and Siam Grobler, a junior from Red Deer, Alberta, and Darin Keizer, a sophomore from Hull, Iowa, who each scored three this season. Jordan Huisken, a sophomore from Chandler, Minnesota, spent 1315 minutes in goal, allowing 23 goals while making 57 saves. His goals allowed average was 1.57 per-90 minutes played. Tim Walstra, a junior from Muskegon, Michigan, earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors along with Koolhaas.

Women’s Soccer

The Dordt College Defender women’s soccer season came to an end on Tuesday, October 30, with a 1-0 loss to the Hastings College Broncos in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA Regional tournament.

The Defenders closed a 10-7-1 season and were 7-4-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference—a tie for fifth place. The Defenders won three in a row to end their regular season and four of their last six regular season games. Kate Du Mez, a sophomore from Brookfield, Wisconsin, led the team with 13 goals and seven assists and was named to the Great Plains Athletic Conference first-team. Du Mez is ninth in career goals with 18, tenth in career assists with 13, and ninth in career points with 49.

Noelle Kreykes, a freshman from St. John, Indiana, scored six goals while Sarah Sikkema, a junior from Ridgetown, Ontario, and Kirsten Monsma, a freshman from Pella, Iowa, each had five goals with Monsma also assisting on three. Lex Elgersma, a freshman from Sioux Center, Iowa, and Sam Foster, a sophomore from Lindenhurst, Illinois, both had three goals each.

Dordt College outscored their opponents 42-27 and registered six shutouts. Spearheading the defense was Lisa Groen, a senior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who was named to the All-GPAC second team. Groen was the only senior on the 2007 roster. The Defenders allowed 1.46 goals per game and Rosalyn De Pooter, a freshman from Sarnia, Ontario, logged all 1663 available minutes in goal for Dordt College while making 65 saves.

Groen and Du Mez both earned All-NAIA Region III honors at the conclusion of the season.

Cross-Country

Jen Kempers, a senior from Sioux Center, Iowa, earned All-American honors from the NAIA at the national cross-country meet held in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 17.

Kempers finished 17th overall in the event with a time of 18:14.70 over the 5,000 meter course and was part of a group of six runners that placed 13th through 18th and were within three seconds of each other. NAIA All-American honors are awarded to the top thirty runners at the national meet.

Joel De Haan, a senior from Wayland, Michigan, missed out on a berth at the national meet by the slimmest of margins at the NAIA Region III meet. De Haan clocked a time of 26:16.90 at the Region III meet and finished 18th in the 8,000 meter race. The top seven individual finishers not on a national meet-qualifying team were awarded at large berths for the meet. The last runner taken had a time of 26:15.98.