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DWU volleyball drops five-setter to No. 22 Dordt

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- It was a back-and-forth match between Dakota Wesleyan University and No. 22 Dordt (Iowa) on Saturday, but the Tigers’ upset bid fell just short. They dropped a five-set Great Plains Athletic Conference match, 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 14-25 and 15-10.

After dropping the first set, DWU was able to hold on to knot the match after Dordt nearly erased the Tigers’ four-point advantage. A service error handed the Tigers the second set, though.

In the fourth set, DWU jumped out to a 6-2 lead and then went on a 7-0 run when Dordt tied it at 9-all. Rebecca Frick put down four of her team-high 26 kills during the run. The Defenders didn’t win back-to-back points the rest of the set.

DWU failed to erase an early four-point hole in the decisive fifth set, though. Dordt grew its lead to as many as six points.

Frick also added a team-high 17 digs. Jadie DeLange put down 15 kills, while Mallory Cooper and Danielle Burns recorded 15 and 11 digs, respectively. Bridgett Knobbe dished out 43 assists.

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DWU (17-7, 2-7 GPAC) travel to Mount Marty at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Yankton.

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