The NAIA sixth-ranked Northwestern volleyball team collided with arch-nemesis and No. 13 Dordt on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Raiders emerged victorious in a 3-0 sweep with scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-15. NW improved to a 17-2 overall record, including 4-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
“We served and passed extremely well,” said sophomore defensive specialist Autumn Pluim. “And we made very few errors at the net. We came in with the mindset to win, and we worked hard for every single point.”
In the first set, the teams were tied at 14 when NW embarked on a 6-0 run. Pluim recorded back-to-back aces during the stretch. The Raiders never looked back and finished off the Defenders.
After being tied at 10, NW jumped ahead to a 20-14 lead in set two by capitalizing on Defender hitting errors.
NW never let Dordt come closer than 10-7 in set three. Sophomore defensive specialist Jillian Estes recorded back-to-back aces, and senior outside hitter Kaitlin Floerchinger notched four kills in the final stretch to sweep Dordt.
Floerchinger led the squad with 14 kills. Junior setter Brooke Fessler recorded 26 assists. Junior rightside hitter Karlie Schut led the team with four aces and also had six kills.
“I think a match like this definitely gives us confidence,” Pluim said. “But it also gives us a push to continue to work as hard as possible in practice to be ready for all of the tough competition.
NW will return to the floor Friday, Sept. 26 at home against Concordia. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m.