Morningside defeats Dordt 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-23)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defenders lost a 3-0 decision to the Morningside Mustangs in men’s volleyball at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center on Tuesday night, February 16.
The Defenders led briefly 5-4 on an attack error but the Mustangs responded with a four point run that ended with an Eric Geels kill. Dordt kept within striking distance but couldn’t retake the lead. Nathan Struyk cut the lead to 11-10 on a service ace and an attack error got Dordt to within 17-16 after the yhad fallen behind 17-12. A Dordt attack error eventually ended the set with a final fo 25-21.
Set two featured nine ties, the last one at 15-15. Back to back points by the Mustangs got them up 17-15 and Dordt was fighting from behind the rest of the way. Dordt closed the gap to one on several occasions, the last one at 22-21 on a Ben Tiemersma kill. The Mustangs scored three points in a row to end the set 25-21.
Down 2-0, the Defenders were unable to keep the Mustangs close earlier as the visitors got out to a 17-9 lead. Dordt cut the gap to 21-19 with a Matt Moore kill. A set error cut the gap to 22-21 and a kill by Kapu Mau made it 23-22 but the teams traded points to 24-23 with Morningside getting a kill from Oscar Alvarez Cancel to finish the match.
-Dordt hit for a.156 kill efficiency while Morningside had .123 success.
-Dordt had 12 service errors while Morningside had six aces and seven errors.
-Kyle Vander Zee had 11 kills and Ben Tiemersma had six kills for Dordt.
-Eric Geels put up 18 assist and had six digs. Andrew Kotsier led the team with 12 digs.
-Morningside was topped by Raul Rivera Rojas with 11 and Caden Toben had 14 assists.
-Dordt will face Missouri Baptist on Thursday night.
-The Defenders are 1-10 this season while Morningside improves to 4-15.
COACH HANSON SAID
"A well played match by Morningside kept us just a step or two behind on the scoreboard. We led the match in blocks which is a testament to our smart hitting against their block as well as some great net awareness by our blockers to take away hitting angles and finish each block attempt strong. We will have a great day of practice tomorrow in order to further grow in our system and also prepare for the number one team in the country on Thursday."