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The Bulldogs struggled to a 25-13, 25-16, 25-14 loss to Dordt in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Saturday. The Defenders, who received votes in the latest coaches' poll, dominated with a .284 to .012 advantage in hitting percentage as Dordt (22-8, 11-2 GPAC) remained alone in second place in the conference.
"When you don't bring your ‘A' game against a team that talented, the scores are going to look like that," Bulldog head coach Scott Mattera said. "Dordt has so much size and athleticism that if you aren't constantly pressuring them, it can get ugly fast."
The Defenders used a balanced attack, getting between five and seven kills from five different players, on the way to their fourth win in their last five matches. Katelyn Schuller led Dordt by putting down seven kills on 15 attempts.
Concordia (10-18, 4-10 GPAC) lost for the fifth straight time in GPAC play as it sputtered on the attack. The Bulldogs did not record a hitting percentage better than .115 in any of the three sets. Concordia's top attacker, senior outside hitter Amanda Kisker, was limited to five kills on 15 attempts (including five errors).
Sophomore Mariah Schamp tied Schuller for a match high with seven kills as the Bulldogs put greater emphasis on feeding her in the middle. Sophomore setter Jami Nekoliczak posted 13 assists and sophomore defensive specialist Carli Smith added 10 digs.
Concordia will look to end its recent conference skid when it returns home on Thursday, Nov. 2 for a 7:30 p.m. match against first place and sixth-ranked Hastings (23-3, 13-0 GPAC). The Broncos ride an 11-match win streak into next week's action.
At ninth place in the conference, the Bulldogs need may need to win at least of their final two regular-season contests to qualify for the eight-team GPAC Championships, which begin Nov. 6.