Sioux Center, Iowa — Northwestern College rallied from a 2-1 deficit to knock off Dordt College in a five-set marathon match held in Sioux Center. Northwestern improved to 9-6 in the GPAC, 20-9 overall, the seventh 20+ win season during Coach Van Den Bosch’s tenure. Dordt lost its second straight match and falls to 11-4 in the GPAC, 22-9 overal
Dordt came from behind in set to win a dramatic 29-27 decision, overcoming an eight point deficit at 13-5 to tie it at 22-22 on a kill by Danae Geels. Dordt rattled off six points in a row to take a 24-22 led but a pair of Northwestern points tied it at 24 and the two teams were tied at 25, 26 and 27 before Dordt finally won it on a Northwestern service error and a Katelyn Schuller kill.
Set two had the Defenders in front at the 20-16 mark only to have Northwestern score three points in a row. The visitors eventually tied it with at 21-21 and won it with four points in a row, the last two on service aces.
With the match reduced to a best of three affair over the final three sets, the Defenders used a six point lead at 17-11 to fend off Northwestern for a 25-23 win, getting the final point again on a Schuller kill.
Northwestern used a fast start to take control of set four and won it going away 25-16. Forced to re-group, the Defenders scored the first two points of the decisive set, but gave up six in a row before scoring again and never seriously challenged Northwestern in falling 15-7.
Dordt hit for a .070 kill efficiency while the visitors hit for .219. Dordt had eight blocks to 17 for the visitors. Dordt outdug Northwestern 75-63 and was led by Kayla Broekhuis’s 31.
Schuller had 14 kills and Lindsey Floen 13 while Meghan Krausman had nine. Kayla Gesink put up 39 assists and had 13 digs.
Northwestern got 17 kills, 26 assists, 12 digs and eight blocks from Kaitlin Floerchinger.
Dordt is now in a three-way tie for second in the conference with Midland and Doane with one match to play. Northwestern strengthened its’ hold on fifth place in the league with the win.
Dordt will take a 22-10 overall record into the match on Saturday at Nebraska Wesleyan while Northwestern is 20-9.