SIOUX CITY, Iowa | A battle-tested Dordt squad took to the task of advancing to the Round of 16 at the NAIA National Volleyball Championships Wednesday at the Tyson Center.
It was more 'Demolish and Advance' than survival for the No. 4 Defenders as they dominated play in winning 25-11, 25-17, 25-19 over No. 20 Northwest (Wash.) to move to 2-0 in Pool E.
Dordt hit at a .353 clip for the match and had 48 kills, led by Ema Altena and Ally Krommendyk who had 12 and 10, respectively.
Krommendyk, a 6-2 middle from Belle Plaine, Minnesota, also had three block assists for a Defender unit that had two solo and nine assist blocks.
"We had lots of different production from our blocking side and serving side tonight," said Dordt coach Chad Hanson, "I hope that we can produce clean volleyball that's high spirited (and) lively."
"There were little lapses in our communication tonight that created some uncertainty and we need to be aware that other teams will be bringing some back row attacks. I'm not sharing that with my team for future opponents but to stay focused on the current match."
Summer Jansen had 16 digs to lead the Dordt defensive back row effort and Aubrey Drake had nine. Setter Jamie Gesink had 40 assists.
Mattie Jo Johnson had eight kills to lead the Eagles but no one else on her team had more than four.
Dordt joined Great Plains Athletic Conference teams Hastings, Northwestern and Midland in already securing berths to Friday's single elimination play, while Morningside can join them with a win on Thursday.
The Defenders will look to win their pool Thursday when they face 13th-ranked Missouri Baptist at 8 p.m. Northwest dropped to 0-2 at the tourney and 30-12 overall and faces Ottawa (Kan.) in its final pool play match at 6 p.m. Thursday.
LINDSEY WILSON 3, JAMESTOWN 0: Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) moved to 2-0 at the NAIA Volleyball Championships with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-13 sweep over Jamestown on Wednesday.
Paulina Sobolewska had 17 of the Blue Raiders 49 kills in the Pool A match while Makenzie Montano provided 39 assists.
Sobolewska added 16 digs for unbeaten Lindsey Wilson (30-0).
Haley Glasoe, Isabel Wedell and Madison Wendel had six kills each for Jamestown (22-9).
HASTINGS 3, MADONNA 0: Defending national champion Hastings improved to 2-0 in Pool C with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-17 victory over Madonna (Mich.) on Wednesday.
Great Plains Athletic Conference Player of the Year Katie Placke had 11 kills, the same total for teammate Andrea LaVene.
Placke contributed 21 assists while Clare Hamburger added 18 dishes for the Broncos (27-2).
GPAC Libero of the Year Jill Bax had 14 digs while Casey Krolikowski added 12.
Karlie Kelley led Madonna, now 0-2, with 10 kills while Lauren Korth provided 25 assists.
CORNERSTONE 3, TEXAS WESLEYAN 0: Bailey Cummings recorded 10 kills as 18th-ranked Cornerstone posted a 25-18, 25-18, 28-26 Pool A sweep over Texas Wesleyan.
En route to evening its Pool A record to 1-1, Cornerstone (28-7) received nine, eight and seven kills, respectively, from Heather Carlson, Kendra Zwart and Jackie Stanko. Setter Hope Leppink dished 33 assists while defensively, Zwart had five blocks, Ellie Van Laar had four blocks and Mackenzie Vallad had 12 digs.
Brianna Jaramillo led Texas Wesleyan (27-6) with 13 kills, two more than Shelby Stinnett. Sasha Robinson provided 27 assists, 15 digs and two blocks.
MONTANA TECH 3, EMBRY-RIDDLE 2: Embry-Riddle, a newcomer to the NAIA Volleyball National Championships, gave 15th-ranked Montana Tech a scare before the Orediggers went on to take a grueling 24-26, 25-19, 24-26, 25-10, 15-11 victory in a Pool C match that lasted two minutes short of two hours.
Montana Tech (24-8, 2-0 Pool C) had a .291 to .115 hitting percentage advantage. Masha Korol, the Frontier Conference’s player and newcomer of the year, collected 23 kills, one solo block and two block assists while Haley Druyvestein supplied 11 kills, one solo block and nine block assists.
Angela Molesworth and Heather Thompson added 14 and nine kills, respectively, for Montana Tech, which will face No. 3 and defending national champion Hastings Thursday in a battle of undefeated Pool C teams. Double-doubles came from setters Tori Chelini (33 assists, 13 digs) and Hannah Liss (24 assists, 14 digs) while Sabrina Hopcroft had 29 digs.
Lyndsey Weiler led Embry-Riddle (29-5, 0-2 Pool C) with 14 kills. Caylee Robalin provided 11 kills and 24 digs while Jalin Yoder had 11 kills and 12 digs. Setter Audrey Baldwin dished 41 assists while Sharik Joseph had nine kills, one solo block and three block assists.
VITERBO 3, GEORGETOWN 0: Second-ranked Viterbo continues to pick up steam in its fourth straight national appearance, as Aubrey Aspen and Natalie Geidel recorded 12 and 11 kills, respectively, during a 25-12, 25-20, 25-18 Pool B sweep over No. 15 Georgetown.
Setter Amelia Grahn (33 assists) directed an offense that hit .297 and limited itself to 15 attack errors. Aspen also provided two solo blocks and four block assists while Geidel had one solo block and two block assists.
Caroline Ricks led Georgetown (21-6, 0-2 Pool B) with nine kills. Setter Kassidy Rauh dished 26 assists while Lexie Gatewood had 14 digs.
PARK 3, MISSOURI VALLEY 0: Alissa Flint had 10 kills and Danna Gomes dished 30 assists, but seventh-ranked Park also put up outstanding defensive numbers in a 25-19, 25-22, 25-16 Pool G sweep over Missouri Valley, 62 digs and 16 total blocks.
Along with nine kills, Noura Meawad contributed 12 digs and five block assists as Park (31-3, 2-0 Pool G) limited Missouri Valley to an .049 hitting percentage. Aneisha Ford recorded one solo block and five block assists while Celina Monteiro had 18 digs.
Dakota Santore provided 10 kills and 10 digs for Missouri Valley (33-10, 0-2 Pool G). Kristin Sazama delivered 31 assists while Madison Sherman had 17 digs.
WESTMONT 3, MARIAN 0: Sixth-ranked Westmont hit a solid .303 while scoring a 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 Pool F sweep over Marian.
Samantha Neely hit .391 while stroking 11 kills for Westmont (34-3, 2-0 Pool F) while Hali Galloway hit .35 while adding 10 kills. Setter Camryn Kaina dished 23 assists, two more than Amy Buffham. Taylor Beckman and Lauren Friis each recorded 16 digs while Libby Dahlberg had five block assists.
Marian (28-7, 0-2 Pool F) was held to .087 hitting. Kacee Salyers and Franny Stephenson each recorded seven kills while Julie Hoying had 12 assists, two more than Madi Heffron. Vanessa Lay had a match-high 18 digs.
EASTERN OREGON 3, OUR LADY OF THE LAKE 0: Emily Nay hit a robust .538 while leading a balanced attack with nine kills as No. 15 Eastern Oregon upped its Pool B record to 2-0 following a 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 sweep over Our Lady of the Lake.
Eastern Oregon (24-9), which also received eight kills each from Megan Bunn and Madisen Garlie, hit a solid .333. Setters Madison Pilon and Sarah Carpenter dished 23 and 12 assists, respectively, while Kiley McMurtrey had 13 digs.
Garlie also supplied four ace serves, one solo block and three block assists for the Mountaineers, which will face No. 2 Viterbo (35-1) in a matchup of undefeated Pool B teams at 4 o’clock this afternoon.
Raven Swain had nine kills for Our Lady of the Lake (24-10, 0-2 Pool B). Setters Anissa Tamez and Anyssa Rivera had 19 and nine assists, respectively, while Marina Martez had 10 digs.
MIDLAND 3, SAINT XAVIER 0: Eleventh-ranked Midland became the second Great Plains Athletic Conference team to go undefeated in pool play following a 25-22, 31-29, 25-20 sweep over Saint Xavier to complete Pool F action.
Priscilla O’Dowd supplied 13 kills, 12 digs, two solo blocks and five block assists for Midland (21-9), which will meet No. 6 Westmont in battle of 2-0 Pool F teams at 4 p.m. Thursday. Setter Jessica Peters provided 37 assists and 15 digs. Identical totals of one solo block and three block assists came from Sydney Morehouse and Taylor Petersen.
Kate Bontrager slammed a match-high 15 kills for Saint Xavier (35-6, 0-2 Pool F). Setter Courtney Joyce dished 37 assists while libero Mariana Ayala had 26 digs.
CORBAN 3, INDIANA WESLEYAN 2: Amber Parker supplied 13 kills, 20 digs, one solo block and two block assists while helping 10th-ranked Corban to a 20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 15-8 win over unranked Indiana Wesleyan in a Pool G match that took two hours and three minutes to complete.
Alaina Gentili provided 14 kills and five block assists for Corban (26-7, 2-0 Pool G) while Marandah Boeder supplied 11 kills, two solo blocks and four block assists. Setter Madison Milligan had 29 assists and 12 digs while Cierra Leopoldino added 26 assists. Haley Wells had a team-best 25 digs.
Tay Thomas and Morgan Miller each recorded 16 kills for Indiana Wesleyan (28-12, 0-2 Pool G), while Lauren Gross had 13. Katie Cole contributed 35 assists and 10 digs, Emily Workman had 22 assists while Banner Rodgers had 33 digs.
MISSOURI BAPTIST 3, OTTAWA 0: Kristina Medanovic hit an outstanding .542 while pounding 15 kills and also provided four block assists as No. 13 Missouri Baptist concluded Pool D play with a 25-27, 25-7, 21-25, 25-12, 17-15 thriller over Ottawa.
Marion Courand supplied 14 kills and 16 digs for Missouri Baptist (31-8), which will face No. 4 Dordt (31-6) at 8 o’clock tonight in a matchup of 2-0 Pool D teams. Caterina Cigarini hit .400 while stroking 14 kills while setter Rachel Poole dished 47 assists and Rachel Luebbers had a team-high 19 digs.
Kenna Hall led Ottawa (30-12, 0-2 Pool D) with 17 kills while Yuleika Jiminez and Makayla Aspegren finished with 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Setter Adrianna Skipper dealt 46 assists and Liz Heit had 22 digs.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 3, LOURDES 1: Jackie Van Vliet’s match-high 17 kills was part of a balanced attack that carried 12th-ranked College of Idaho to a 23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-14 Pool E win over Lourdes late Wednesday night.
Van Vliet hit .500 while Alaina Slater (10 kills, 5 block assists) hit .714 for the 26-6 Coyotes. Ashley Pagan had 13 kills and 13 digs while Taylor Alexander added 12 kills. Marija Djonovic, who went into the NAIA Volleyball Nationals with a nation-best 11.63 assists per game, dealt 50 assists while Kilee Lopez had a team-high 20 digs.
Lourdes (22-13) received eight kills each from Tylar Robinson and Chelsea Lawrence while Sarah Wisser had 16 assists and 16 digs. Fellow setter Jami Markus also recorded 16 assists, Angelica Dippold had 16 digs and Emily Arnold had seven kills, one solo block and three block assists.
COLUMBIA 3, TABOR 1: Pamela Jaime had 17 kills as Columbia evened its Pool H mark at 1-1 with a 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17 victory over Tabor.
Jordan Wolfe added 12 kills in an attack directed by Yamilet Velazquez's 41 assists. Gabriella Walton had 25 digs for the ninth-ranked Cougars.
Amy Horner had 11 kills and 11 digs for Tabor while Megan Voth (18) and Keeley Kroeker (13) combined for 31 assists.
MISSOURI BAPTIST 3, NORTHWEST 0: Caterina Cigarini had 11 kills and Marion Couraud added 10 as 13th-ranked Missouri Baptist posted a 26-24, 25-16, 25-19 sweep over No. 20 Northwest Tuesday night to conclude Pool D play.
Setter Rachel Poole dished 37 assists for Missouri Baptist (30-8) while Rachel Luebbers had 19 digs. Kristina Medanovic provided nine kills, two solo blocks and one block assist.
Sarah Warner led Northwest (23-9) with seven kills. Setter Morgan Pilon contributed 22 assists and three block assists. Alysanne Van Dyke had 14 digs.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 3, BELLEVUE 1: Ashley Pagan supplied 21 kills and 22 digs as 12th-ranked College of Idaho clipped No. 21 Bellevue 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21 to finish Pool E play.
Jackie Van Vliet hit .484 while pounding 16 kills for College of Idaho (25-6). Taylor Alexander and Alaina Slater finished with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Alexander and setter Marija Djonovic (55 assists) each had three ace serves while Kilee Lopez had a team-high 26 digs.
Michaela Gardner led Bellevue (29-12) with 11 kills, one more than Shayla Scanlan. Setter Maddie Squiers had 40 assists and 20 digs while Taylor Holz had a team-high 29 digs.