Leading 2-0 in its first national championship game, Dordt dropped the final three sets to give Hastings the title Saturday night at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City.
Between the second and third set, both teams went into the locker room for the usual break, but Dordt head coach Chad Hanson said it changed the mentality of his team.
"Hastings came out with smiles on their faces from the locker room. We came out and we were tense and I think we needed to scale it back a little bit, we were talking to our players about that," Hanson said. "We were working so hard and its a true credit to our team for wanting it so badly, so passionately and you can see the tears won't stop flowing. Their heart was beating so hard for this match and they gave everything they had and that's the joy of seeing competitors unite and go after it."
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