HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College men's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 sweep to Missouri Baptist on Thursday.
After falling behind 19-12 in the first set, the Defenders clawed their way back and cut the deficit to 22-19. A 3-1 run by the Spartans gave them a 25-20 victory.
The Spartans shot out to a 14-2 lead early in the second set. The Defenders found some momentum late and cut the Spartans lead to seven. It wasn't enough and Missouri Baptist's Jason Harman finished the 25-17 set two victory with a kill.
The Defenders took an early 7-4 lead in the third set, but a 7-0 run by the Spartans gave them a commanding lead. Missouri Batptist didn't let the Defenders back into the game and took set three 25-14.
Ben Tiemersma led the way for the Defenders with seven kills. Tristan Sanchez, Shavon Barker and Garret Vander Zee all had four kills.
Tyler Postma had 17 assists and four digs.
Levi Ewald had seven digs to lead the Defenders.
MISSOURI BAPTIST NUMBERS
Steven Rodriguez led all players with nine kills. Luka Cajic had eight and Cameron Hibbler rounded out the Trojan's top three with seven.
Jason Harman had 32 assists and nine digs.
Cajic also added eight digs.
COACH HANSON SAID
"Missouri Baptist is a really good team. We had some missed opportunities throughout the night, but we were able to hang in there. When they got off to the big lead in set two, we settled down and fought our way back. We showed what we were capable of in spurts, now we have to combine it into an entire game."
The Defenders will face off against Lindenwood-Belleville Friday night in Sioux Center at 7 p.m.