Dordt def. Graceland 3-0 (29-27, 29-27, 25-20)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders traveled to Lamoni, Iowa and took a sweep from the Yellowjackets in non-conference play.
Dordt led the first set until late when the hosts scored three in a row for a 25-24 advantage as the hosts fought off set point on three serves. Dordt regained the lead with back to back points and took the lead on a block by Tyler Postma and Luke Nelson. After Graceland tied it 27-27 Dordt scored back to back points for the win with Garret Vander Zee getting the game winning kill off an assist by Tyler Postma.
Set two saw Dordt get up 21-16 and again got to set point serve with a 24-22 lead. Graceland rallied for a 24-24 tie and Dordt’s Caleb Kulesza stopped the run for a 25-24 lead. Back to back points by the hosts had them one point away from evening the match but three straight by the Defenders on an attack error, Brandon Vaags ace serve and a Luke Nelson solo block put the Defenders up 2-0 with another 29-27 win.
Set three had no Graceland rally as the Defenders got up 22-16 and led 24-18 after an attack error and the Defenders eventually won it 25-20 for the sweep and Dordt’s third win of the season.
Graceland had a 46-39 kill advantage but Dordt had a .237 kill efficiency.
Graceland had 13 service errors to nine for the Defenders and Dordt had 11 points off of blocks while Graceland recorded seven.
Kulesza had 12 kills and Vander Zee 11 with Tyler Postma recording 31 assists.
Levi Ewald had nine digs and Nelson had five solo and one assisted block.
Dordt is 3-5 this season and Graceland is 4-5.
CHAD HANSON SAID
“This win was well earned as we had to play with a purpose and passion to compete. Through the first two sets of tight scores we persevered and executed well. We have been pushing hard the last two weeks to grow in our competitiveness through each rotation and pressure situation. This match helped cement some of those learning lessons and give us another notch of confidence as we continue to grow through our season.”
Dordt travels to William Penn on Friday, February 21 before returning home on February 25 to face Briar Cliff.