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Tigers Headed to the GPAC Finals

The Doane volleyball team advanced to their second straight GPAC championship final with a straight-set victory over Dordt College. Doane won the match, 25-18, 25-18 and 25-18.

The Tigers used aggressive serving to keep the Dordt attack off-balanced throughout the evening. Doane was also balanced in their offensive attack as four players finished with at least nine kills.

In the first set, Doane received five kills from Emily Max and four from Susan Rollman. Rollman also had four total blocks in the set.

In the second set, the Tigers jumped out to a 19-12 lead but had to hold off a Defender charge midway through. Doane bounced back and received five kills from Rollman in the set.

Doane closed out a back and forth battle in set three as Dordt lead midway through by three points. The Tigers held strong and used five kills from Ashley Axmann and a strong block to take the final set of the match.

Overall, Rollman and Axmann finished with 11 kills apiece. Max added 10 kills and Terra Andreasen posted nine for the Tigers. Heather Davison set up the Tiger attack that finished with 46 kills as she dished out 39 set assists.

Defensively, Davison led the Tigers with 13 digs while Nicole Skolnick and Andreasen finished with 12 digs each. Rollman led the Tiger defensive attack at the net, finishing with five total blocks. Axmann added three total blocks and Lisa Lord and Max finished with two each as the team collected eight total blocks.

Dordt received nine kills from Kendra Potgeter to lead the Defenders. Jessica DeStigter posted 18 set assist while Dorinda Himba led the team with 23 digs.

Doane advances to the GPAC finals on Saturday, November 13, to take on Northwestern College. The top-seeded Red Raiders rallied at home to advance to the finals with a five-set win over Hastings.  This will be a re-match of the 2009 GPAC Championship, won by Northwestern.