Dordt def. Viterbo 3-2 (25-15, 25-15, 19-25, 24-26, 15-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s volleyball team had to fight off a pesky Viterbo team in the final match for the two teams at a tri-angular hosted by Viterbo on Saturday afternoon.
Dordt won set one without incident 25-15, scoring seven of the final eight points. Set two was more of the same with the Defenders outscoring Viterbo 16-6 to pull away from a 9-9 tie. Tyler Postma started the run with a kill and Garret Vander Zee followed with a kill. The 25-15 win put Dordt in a position to sweep the match.
The two teams battled to a 16-15 Viterbo advantage in the third set with the hosts taking advantage of a four point run to take control of the set and Dordt got no closer than four the rest of the way in falling 25-19.
Set four was the most competitive through out with eight ties up to 24-24. The Defenders were actually up 24-22 after a block by Lucas Nelson and Tyler Postma but the VHawks recovered for a kill and then tied the set with an ace serve and took the lead on another ace. The hosts prevailed 26-24 after a Dordt attack error and teams headed to a decisive fifth set.
Dordt recovered from the squandered lead to go up 9-2. The hosts showed resiliency by scoring eight of the next 11 points and eventually got the lead down to 13-12. A VandeZee kill put Dordt at match point and an attack error by Viterbo ended it with Dordt winning 15-12.
Dordt hit for a .268 kill efficiency with 53 kills and limited Viterbo to 46 kills and a .085 kill efficiency.
Viterbo took advantage of nine service aces while Dordt had seven. Dordt got to 49 digs and Viterbo 40.
The Defenders scored 14 points off of blocks while Viterbo scored five.
Vander Zee had 21 kills in the win with 12 digs and was 19-19 on serve receptions.
Caleb Kulesza accounted for 15 kills and had three service aces with nine digs and six block assists.
Tyler Postma had 41 assists and had 10 digs and had a solo block and three assists.
Luke Nelson accounted for two solo blocks and eight assists.
Dordt is 2-0 to start the season while Viterbo is 1-2.
CHAD HANSON SAID
“With a really strong and exciting start we then hit a wall. That figurative wall was a combination of Viterbo playing much stronger and our emotional and mental endurance being strained. We are really pleased that we could tap into some deeper reserves and execute well to finish an exciting fifth set. What a start to this season for the guys.”