Warner defeats Dordt 3-1 (25-14, 25-16, 19-25, 25-23)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Warner won the first two sets of its match with Dordt to take control of the contest but the Defender rebounded to force a set four with a convincing win in set three.
Dordt dropped the first two sets 25-14 and 25-16 as Warner used a .536 kill efficiency in set one and a .333 team kill efficiency in set two. The Defenders battled back in set three to post 12 kills against three errors and put together a .429 kill efficiency in a 25-19 win to force set four. In what turned out to be the final set of the match, the two teams struggled with errors at the net, combing for 16 attack errors before Warner prevailed 25-23.
-Mark Tiemersma had 18 kills in the loss and hit for a .536 kill efficiency and had two block assists.
-Kyle vander Zee had seven kills and eight digs and handled 24 serve receptions with out and error.
-Kapu Mau had four kills for Dordt and was in on three block assists.
-Eric Geels had a team high 21 assist and recorded five digs.
-Dordt had six points on blocks and Warner recorded seven.
-Dordt had a .140 kill efficiency and five service aces with 31 digs.
-Warner had 49 kills and a .250 kill efficiency with seven aces and 34 digs.
-Dordt is 0-8 and will face Briar Cliff on Tuesday in Sioux City and Graceland in Lamoni on Thursday, February 11.
-All four of Dordt’s matches this weekend were against teams ranked in the top-10 in NAIA men’s volleyball.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We are a fun team and this match against a high powered offense was very competitive. Several players stepped up for us during the match which made this a great picture of team unity. Though this weekend we discovered more about ourselves and ways we can become more successful on the court. What impresses me most is the high character of these guys through any situation. With two tournaments concluded we can move our attention to singular matches and our first home match on February 13. It will be great to get in front of our fans in DeWitt Gym on that night.”