Briar Cliff defeats Dordt 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-21)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Briar Cliff fought off the Dordt Defenders in men’s volleyball at the Newman Flanagan Center in Sioux City, Iowa by a 3-0 match score.
The Defenders trailed 4-3 after a kill by Kyle Vander Zee but the Chargers scored six of the next seven points to lead 10-4. From there the Defenders had to battle back and got within 23-20 on a kill by Nathan Struyk and back to back attack errors by the Chargers got it to within 24-22 before the Chargers won it on a kill.
The Chargers used a fast start to get up 5-2 but the Defenders fought back to an 11-11 tie with back to back points on a Mark Tiemersma kill and a set error by the hosts. Six straight points by the Chargers put them in control and Briar Cliff went on to win 25-19.
The Defenders battled in set three and took their first lead of the set at 12-11 on a kill by Tiemersma. The lead eventually grew to 16-12 with Dordt scoring seven of eight points at one juncture. The Chargers tied ti at 18-18 and took a 20-18 lead before Dordt stopped the run with an Eric Geels kill. Three unanswered by the Chargers put them in control and Dordt got to within 23-21 before Briar Cliff ended it with a Dordt service error and a Briar Cliff kill.
-Dordt hit for a .151 kill efficiency while the hosts had a .232 kill efficiency.
-Both teams had 38 kills and Briar Cliff had four ace serves and Dordt one.
-Kyle Vander Zee had 14 kills and hit .440 and had ten digs for the Defenders.
-Mark Tiemermsa had seven kills and Nathan Struyk had seven with six digs.
-Eric Geels had 22 assists for the Defenders and seven digs. Andrew Kotsier shared team honors in digs with Vander Zee with ten.
-Briar Cliff was led by Adriel Rivas with 12 kills and Jacob Ewart had 11.
-Dordt is 0-9 and will host Ottawa on Saturday night at 7:00 at the De Witt Gym. Briar Cliff is 4-5.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We came out flat and struggled in many areas tonight which is not caharcteristic of the type of volleyball that we have been playing lately. We have three strong days of practice to prepare for our home opening match on Saturday against Ottawa.”