The Voice: Winter 2002

The Voice

Fall Updates

Men's soccer team rallies

The Dordt Defender men's soccer team ended the 2001 season with an improved record, reeling off nine wins in their first twelve games before ending the season at 10-9. The 2001 season was a turnaround year, hopefully providing the foundation for years to come.

Of the Defenders' nine losses, five were by one goal. The Black and White advanced to the Great Plains Athletic Conference semifinals before being eliminated by eventual conference tournament champion and national tournament qualifier, Hastings College.

Six Dordt College men's soccer players were awarded Great Plains Athletic Conference honors this season with John Hansel, a senior from Sioux City, being named to the all-conference first team. Travis Burgers, a junior from Sioux Falls, and Ben Bieri from Berthoud, Colorado, were both included on the GPAC second team. Beau Bosma, Eric Segaar, and Nick Wissink were all given honorable mention for their play in the conference.

Women's soccer reaches tournament play

A winning streak of five games at the end of September helped spring the Dordt Lady Defender soccer team to a 10-10 record this fall and a berth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference semifinals. They were beaten by Dana College, the eventual conference tournament champion. The Dordt women's soccer team has never had a losing season in its six years of existence.

Five of Coach Steve Westra's players were honored when the All Great Plains Athletic Conference teams were announced at the end of the season. Meghan Graham, a junior from Lawrence, Kansas, and Julie VanDerKooi, a senior from Chino, California, were both named to the conference's first team while Janna Brink, Liz Dykstra, and Karen Vreeman were all named to the second team.

Cross Country teams have perfect fall for running

Nearly perfect fall weather allowed the Dordt men's and women's cross country teams to get their seasons in unhindered. The men started the season with a bang, winning the Dordt Invite with twenty-four team points, while the women also had their best team finish on the same day with a second place finish.

Both the men's and women's teams advanced to the regional finals in Lincoln, Nebraska. The men finished seventh, the women finished eighth.

Golf team completes fall portion of season

The Dordt golf team typically finds itself battling the weather during the fall portion of its season. This year was an exception. Showing steady improvement throughout the season, the Defenders laid the groundwork for a strong second half of the season, which will resume April 4. Mike Roetman recorded the low round of the fall for the Defenders when he carded a seventy at the University of Sioux Falls Invite. Roetman also shot a hole-in-one in a tournament at the Dakota Dunes in Sioux City.

The Defenders will play in five more regular season meets when the season resumes in April.

Volleyball team reaches quarter-finals at nationals

The 2001 volleyball season concluded for the Dordt Lady Defenders in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA National Tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida, as the Lady Defenders were beaten by number one rated Columbia College, Missouri.

The loss concluded a season that saw the Lady Defenders go 37-6 with five of their losses coming from teams that finished their season in the Elite Eight at the National Tournament. The season also concluded a four-year run for A.J. Lefever and Darci Wassenaar in which the Lady Defenders went 148-28, with three trips to the National Tournament. All three of those trips resulted in Elite Eight berths.

Wassenaar and Lefever were Great Plains Athletic Conference first team picks and were named to the All Region IV team. Wassenaar was also honored at the conclusion of the national tournament by being named to the All Tournament team. Alisa Kooima, a sophomore setter from Rock Valley, Iowa, earned all-conference first team honors and second team honors in the Region. Rachel Pontier also earned conference second team honors.

Notable Volleyball Stats

Dordt Record    148-28

Four Conference Championships    
1998, 1999 in the South Dakota Iowa Conference
2000, 2001 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference

Four Regional runner-up finishes

Three Elite Eight finishes at National Tournament

Darci two-time second team All-American, two-time Volleyball Scholastic All- American

A.J.    two-time Honorable Mention All-American