Wednesday Musings

The soccer playoff picture is a bit clearer for the Dordt College soccer teams after  a sweep on the road of Briar Cliff on Tuesday.  The women raced to a 4-0 lead and won 4-1 while the men were 1-0 winners after a goal by Scott Van Wylen.  Regular season finishers for both teams.

The women are 6-3-2 in the GPAC and 12-4-2 overall and locked at the fourth seed for the post-season tournament which begins on Tuesday, November 2.  Only one team, Sioux Falls, can catch them from behind with Dordt’s 20 points in the standings (three points for a GPAC win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss).  Even if Sioux Falls matches the Defenders by getting a win on Saturday Dordt holds the tie-breaker on them by virtue of the head to head win earlier this season.

The men could finish as high as fourth, but likely will finish in the 5-6-7 slots.  To finish fourth the Defenders need Briar Cliff to lose to Concordia and Morningside needs to lose to Midland and Mount Marty.  Dakota Wesleyan can catch Dordt in points but Dordt would own the tie breaker in the event of a tie between the two.  A three-way tie and things get a little more complicated.

Volleyball is playing right now to put pressure on the top two NAIA teams in the league, Northwestern and Doane.  Right now the Defenders have a pretty secure grip on the #3 seed for the post-season tournament with three matches to go.  That post-season tournament starts on Saturday, November 6 with the top-five teams in the tournament getting byes to the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, November 9.

Lots of action to be decided at this point and an exciting time of the year.

Closing in on the start of the men’s basketball season this weekend.

Michelle Steiger earned runner of the week honors from the GPAC as she was the top finisher from the conference in the Mount Marty Invite this past weekend.

Women’s basketball had a busy weekend scrimmaging five times at the Grand View jamboree in Des Moines and the men scrimmaged a team from Iowa Lakes this past Tuesday.  Sounded like the coaches were happy with the play both days and are looking forward to the start of the respective seasons.

Baseball hosted a skills camp this past Saturday and have two more sessions planned for November 6 and 13.

Time for volleyball……………..

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