Dordt defeats Ottawa 3-2 (25-23, 18-25, 25-18, 21-25, 20-18)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt scored a dramatic 3-2 match win over Ottawa on Saturday night in men’s volleyball action. Dordt needed extra volleyball in the fifth set to secure the win 20-18.
The first set featured eight ties with neither team leading by more than two and Dordt squeezed out the 25-23 win, getting the final point on an Ottawa attack error.
Set two was close until the 10-10 mark when Ottawa went on a 4-0 run. The difference held up and the Braves extended the lead to 25-18 for the final and evened the match in the process.
Set three was a reversal of set two with the Defenders pulling away from a 5-5 tie to take a 10-6 lead. Dordt’s lead was not smaller than two the rest of the set with Dordt pulling away from a 15-13 margin to lead 21-13. A service error started the run and an attack error by Ottawa was the final point for Dordt in the streak. Dordt eventually won the set 25-18 to take a 2-1 match lead.
Set four featured 13 ties and each team led by four with Ottawa’s four point lead coming at the conclusion of the contest 25-21. The set was tied as late as 19-19 with Austin Lindemulder recording a kill. A service error by Dordt broke the tie and Ottawa scored five of the next seven points and the match went to a decisive fifth set.
In the fifth set the Defenders appeared poised to win, going up 13-10 on a Kyle Vander Zee kill. The Braves responded with a run, eventually tying the score 14-14 and the teams swapped points to 18-18 before Dordt scored back to back points on a Mark Tiemersma kill and an Ottawa attack error.
-Dordt was led by Kyle Vander Zee’s 17 kills and Mark Tiemersma had 14.
-Eric Geels put down seven kills and had 31 assists and 12 digs.
-Ottawa was topped by Daniel Jacobs with 40 kills and Jose Gracia put up 53 assists.
-Dordt had 24 attack errors and 61 kills. Ottawa had 59 kills and 29 errors. Dordt recorded five service aces and Ottawa had two.
-Dordt is 1-9 this season and Ottawa is 2-9.
-Dordt will host Morningside on Tuesday night at 7:00 in its next outing.
COACH HANSON SAID
“This match was a great accomplishment for our guys. The fans were very much into the match. We played some wonderful stretches of points and grew in our composure through tense moments. Tyler and Eric stayed aggressive for us from the service line which was a struggle for our team tonight. Davis demonstrated great net presence with smart offensive shots and some huge blocks. Our serve receive passing was strong for most of the match led by Andrew, Nathan and Kyle. Mark Tiemersma provided some stellar points with his blocking and attacking. With a full week ahead of three more home matches we are hopeful this exciting start to our home series will bring increased excitement to our fans wanting to see us play in De Witt Gym.”