Mike Byker, Director of Athletic Communications
CALDWELL, Idaho – The Dordt Defenders finished a perfect 4-0 this weekend at a classic hosted by the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho with a 3-0 sweep of the host school on Saturday night, August 28.
The Defenders trailed in set one by a 22-17 margin but and Ava Van Soelen kill started a six point Defender run that included a Grace Langemeier kill, a Makenna Kooima ace and three attack errors by the Coyotes. Tied 23-23, Jessi Franken scored with a kill and another attack error, the Coyotes eighth of the set, sent Dordt to a 25-23 win.
Set two was all Dordt as the Defenders raced to a 19-9 lead and won by an eventual 25-10 margin, recording a .379 kill efficiency while the hosts had more errors than kills in the set for the second straight time.
Set three featured eight ties, the last at 16-16 when Corrina Timmermans and Ava Van Soelen had back to back kills. Dordt pushed the lead to four at 23-19 and then traded points to the final of 25-22.
Corrina Timmermans led the Defenders with 18 kills as Dordt had a .259 kill efficiency.
Jessi Franken and Brenna Krommendyk both had six kills and Langemeier and Van Soelen recorded five.
Marshall Campbell and Megan Raszler had 21 and 14 assists each and Erica Bousema recorded 13 digs. Dordt scored five points off of blocks and had six service aces with two each by Kooima, Raszler, Corina Beimers.
Dordt is now 5-0 and will return home to face Briar Cliff in GPAC action on Wednesday night, September 1.
“We finished up a great match and had to work hard in sets one and three to close each one out in the final points,” Coach Chad Hanson said. “This tournament has accelerated our learning and team experience which will help us as we continue to no move forward with more conference matches. Defender Nation is alive and well in the Boise-Nampa area and we were so blessed for their support, cheering, gift bags and high fives. After a day of worship in church tomorrow we look forward to arriving home and continuing to build on this wonderful season.”