Mike Byker, Sports Information Director
YANKTON, S.D. – The Dordt Defender volleyball team had to battle a pesky Mount Marty squad to earn its ninth win of the conference season on Friday night in Yankton.
The Defenders used an 8-2 run to take a 13-7 lead in set one after a block by Brenna Krommendyk and Alli Timmermans. The lead was still four after a Karsyn Winterfeld kill made it 19-15 but the hosts crept back to within 20-19. The teams swapped points to 22-21 before a Jori Bronner and Jessi De Jager block gave Dordt a two point lead and they eventually won the set 25-22 on a De Jager kill.
Mount Marty led as late as 13-12 in set two but a service error followed by a Corrina Timmermans kill put Dordt up 14-13. The lead eventually ballooned to 20-14 and Dordt rolled to a 25-16 win.
Dordt’s largest lead was three in the third set up to 22-19 when a Hannah Connelly ace serve put the Defenders up 23-19. Mount Marty got the lead back to two points twice at 23-21 and again at 24-22 but Jori Bronner ended the set and match with a kill for the 25-22 win.
Dordt had a 43-36 kills advantage and posted a .294 kill efficiency to Mount Marty’s .189.
Dordt scored nine points on blocks while Mount Marty did not record a block and the Defenders had an 8-3 ace serves advantage.
Brenna Krommendyk led Dordt with 10 kills and Jori Bronner had eight. Krommendyk was also in on six blocks. Alli Timmermans had seven kills while Karsyn Winterfeld, Corrina Timmermans and Jessi De Jager had six kills.
Megan Raszler and Corina Beimers had 22 and 13 assists each.
Hannah Connelly and Winterfeld recorded 10 and nine digs each while Corrina Timmermans had eight digs and four service aces.
Dordt is now 9-5 in the league and 10-5 overall with two matches remaining in the fall portion of the season.
“We showed great composure through some close moments of play and finished strong in each set,” Coach Hanson said. “It has been fun to watch our team become more fluid and aggressive in our play and to create opportunities with defensive grit as well as offensive fluidity.”
Dordt will travel to Omaha, Nebraska for a Saturday afternoon contest against the College of Saint Mary.