Volleyball wins first-ever National Championship

After a 3-1 loss to the Dordt Defenders (28-8, 13-3) on Nov. 5 that snapped a 17-match win streak, the Broncos (33-3, 14-2) got another chance at Dordt in the NAIA Volleyball National Championship. The Broncos earned their revenge for their first national title in program history with a five-set win (23-25, 15-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-6). This was the 10th-straight match win for the Broncos.

The Defenders were dominant to begin the match, as they took the first two sets. But Hastings recovered after the extended media timeout between the second and third sets. After the Broncos tied the match at two sets, they jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the final set to 15.

Logan Drueppel, the GPAC Player of the Year and leading hitter on the Broncos, tallied nine kills in her career finale. The Broncos were led in kills by Katie Placke with 14, and Jen Klaudt with 11.

In the post-game interview streamed live on ESPN3, head coach Matt Buttermore noted the Broncos had to come out, fight and play for each other. Buttermore was awarded with the Honorary Coach of the Tournament Award.

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