Ottawa defeats Dordt 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23, 11-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College was unable to overcome Ottawa in men’s volleyball play on Saturday, March 26 in losing a 3-2 decision to the Braves.
Dordt took the lead at 7-6 in set one and held off a rally attempt by the Braves. Dordt was up 16-12 before Ottawa mounted its rally and tied the set at 17-17. Matt Moore followed with a kill for the Defenders for an 18-17 advantage and Dordt built a 23-20 lead and won 25-22.
Set two was a reversal of fortunes as Dordt as late as 19-17 on a Ben Tiemersma kill but four unanswered points by the hosts pushed the Braves ahead 21-19. Dordt rallied to tie it 21-21 but never took the lead and fell 25-22, giving up back to back ace serves as Ottawa finished it.
Set three had the Defenders in control most of the way, leading 18-13 after a Davis Konynenbelt kill. Ottawa fought back to tie the match at 22-22 but Dordt retook the lead 23-22 on a service error. Ottawa recorded back to back kills and served for the win but Kyle Vander Zee had a kill to tie it 24-24. An attack error put Dordt at set point but an Ottawa kill it and the Braves went on to win it 27-25.
Dordt squeaked out a win in set four to force set five with a 25-23 win. Set four featured eight ties and Dordt was up by as many as 14-7 before fighting off the rally by Ottawa.
Dordt led 7-4 after an Ottawa attack error but the Braves tied it 7-7 and the set was tied at each point break through 11-11. A pair of aces, a setting error and a kill pushed Ottawa over the top for the 15-11 win and the match victory.
-Dordt hjt for a .217 kill efficiency and had five service aces.
-Kyle Vander Zee had 15 kills to pace Dordt and had ten digs.
-Matt Moore put down 10 kills for Dordt and Ben and Mark Tiemersma each had eight kills.
-Davis Konynenbelt recorded seven kills for the Defenders and had seven block assists.
-Kapu Mua recorded seven kills and one solo block and six block assists.
-Austin Lindemulder and Eric Geels had 25 and 22 assists respectively for the Defenders.
-Ottawa was led by Daniel Jacobs with 26 kills and Dalton Sayers had 58 assists.
-Dordt is 3-17 while Ottawa is 8-19. Dordt travels to Morningside on March 30.
COACH HANSON SAID
“To play strong and come up just a few points short on the scoreboard was definitely disappointing. I’m pleased with many aspects of our defense. 15.5 blocks is a second consecutive strong blocking match for us. We also kept our total errors down today which helped us stay competitive. Though we lost in five we are playing spirited and efficient volleyball at this point in the season with room to improve,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.