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LWC Volleyball comeback against Dordt falls short in five sets

NEXT: Lindsey Wilson Volleyball vs. Indiana Wesleyan, Wednesday night at 8pmCT at Tyson Events Center, 401 Gordon Drive (Google Map/Venue), Sioux City, IA.

By Charles Balcolm

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Lindsey Wilson College volleyball team fell in five sets to Dordt (Iowa) College in their opening match of pool play at the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Tuesday night, December 3, 2013.

The Blue Raiders (36-4) found themselves in a hole early after dropping the first two sets to the Defenders. Lindsey Wilson would battle back to force a fifth and final set but eventually fell 3-2 (18-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17, 7-15).

Dordt (24-7) opened the match on a 7-3 run in set one. The Defenders added a 6-2 run later in the set as they jumped out to a 19-11 lead. The Blue Raiders scored four of the next five points but the lead was too much to overcome as Dordt took the first set 25-18.

The second set saw the Blue Raiders jump in front on a 6-1 run. The Defenders would answer with a 6-1 run of their own and tie the match at 8-8. The teams would exchange leads until the match became tied again at 17. A service error by Lindsey Wilson would help ignite a 7-1 run late in the match for the Defenders who eventually took the set 25-20.

Facing a two-set deficit and a hostile environment as over 150 Dordt fans made the one hour trip to the Tyson Events Center, the Blue Raiders began their climb back into the match.

Lindsey Wilson jumped out to a 6-2 lead to open the third set. A couple of point exchanges and a 4-0 run by Dordt tied the set at 10. The teams would continue to exchange points and leads until the Blue Raiders held a 22-21 advantage. A service error and attack error by Dordt, followed by a Kailey Moorhead kill would help Lindsey Wilson take set three, 25-21.

Set four began with the two teams exchanging points and leads until Dordt held a slight 10-6 lead. The Blue Raiders would answer with a 4-0 run to tie the set at 10. With the score tied at 13, the Defenders went on a 3-0 run followed immediately by a 3-0 run by the Blue Raiders to tie the match at 17. And then Jessie Collins stepped back to serve for Lindsey Wilson. Collins ignited an 8-0 run while serving including a service ace en route to the 25-17 victory for the Blue Raiders in set four.

Set five saw the Defenders score the first two points followed by the Blue Raiders scoring the next two. But Dordt would go on an 8-3 run to give them a 10-5 lead in the final set. A kill by Moorhead and a service ace by Maeghan Angel would cut the lead to 10-7, but the Defenders would score the next five points to take the set and the match.

Moorhead led the Blue Raiders with 18 kills while recording a .432 hitting percentage. Nadelina Nesheva added 16 kills while Sarah Anderson finished with 14 kills and a .414 hitting percentage. Alexa Just finished with 50 assists on the night while Kirsten King led the team with 25 digs. Mattie Tigges finished with four total blocks.

Brooke Wolsterstorff led the Defenders with 17 kills on the night followed by Jenna Horstman with 14. - Charles Balcolm, Lindsey Wilson College

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