Or pretty close to it at least.
This past weekend–where to begin?
How about volleyball knocking off the #6 ranked Columbia Cougars at the Bellevue tournament and then coming within an eyelash of beating #7 Bellevue on their home floor a mere 90 minutes later. This precocious bunch has made a believer out of me. Now we get into the conference schedule full force beginning with a match against Morningside in Sioux City tomorrow night. It will take a great effort to knock the Mustangs off. It’s a big week indeed with matches this weekend against Nebraska Wesleyan and Doane at home. Curious to find out if any of the Dordt players earned conference athlete of the week honors for their efforts last week. Kendra Potgeter is certainly a viable candidate and Dorinda Hibma had good numbers at the libero position.
Football? I thought the Defenders showed improvement on defense and coach John Heavner agreed in his post-game comments on Saturday. By the same token he was disappointed with the offense’s play. Not crisp. Too many penalties. This one really swung around in the final two minutes of the first half. Dordt trailed 14-0 and Wesleyan got ten up in the last moments to go up 24-0 at half. At Hastings this weekend.
Women’s soccer continues to roll. Won their sixth in a row and are now 4-0 in the GPAC through one-third of the season. Have to play the big dogs yet, but, a 4-0 start is nothing to take for granted in this league. Kate Du Mez continues to climb in the goals scored and assists charts with a fine start to the season. As an aside, a surprise over the weekend with Dakota Wesleyan knocking off Hastings in women’s play.
Not such a great trip for the men to Concordia on Saturday. Their third one-goal loss in a row. They keep working, but the margin for error is so thin. Defense has been playing pretty well to this point.
Jen Kempers won yet another race on Saturday. Got pushed pretty hard by an unattached runner, but managed to prevail, going under 18:00 at the Dakota State Invite in Madison, South Dakota. Women placed first overall with Tami Wieringa taking eighth overall. October is a time for rest and recovery as the team tries to fine tune it’s performance for the GPAC championship in November. A week off this week, run October 11 and 25 and then it’s title time in the GPAC on November 8. Men’s top finisher was Brent Van Schepen with a 16th place finish and the men were 3rd overall.
As I work on some notes, a few tidbits for you….
The win by the Defender volleyballers over Columbia–first win in school history over the Cougars in seven tries (by my count) since 1998. Lots of meetings in national tournaments.
The win by Bellevue was the first by the Bruins over a Dordt College volleyball team in ten tries. I was surprised at how lopsided this series was/is.
Tom Van Den Bosch is closing in on 400 career volleyball coaching wins at Dordt College. Entered the season with 376. Now has credit for 395. Also went over 1100 career wins in both high school and college earlier this season.
Finally, the schedule for audio webcasts of Blades hockey games is noted on the Blades schedule page. Should be able to handle all of the home games. Thanks to Dave Schenk–Dordt soccer coach who also works with me in the sports information office and Piet Westerbeek, a volunteer who is a Dordt grad for taking on this project.
Should have the meet the team link up for hockey later this week………