Dordt def. Clarke 3-1 (15-25, 25-16, 29-27, 25-20)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Clarke took the first set 25-15 and took control of the set with a 8-0 run to go from tied 9-9 to up 17-9.
Dordt battled back to take set two, racing out to a 10-2 lead as Garret Vander Zee put away three kills in the stretch. Dordt was never challenged in winning the set 25-16.
With the match tied 1-1 the teams battled to a 29-27 Dordt win in set three. Dordt was up 23-19 but back to back attack errors by the Defenders allowed the Pride to get to within 23-21. A Luke Nelson kill got Dordt to set point at 24-21 but Clarke rallied for four straight points to get to set point 25-24. Vander Zee had a kill to tie it and an attack error by Clarke put Dordt up 26-25. Dordt never trailed again an eventually won it on a Clarke service error and attack error for the final two points.
A fast start by the Defenders put Dordt up 10-1 in set four and the hosts were never closer than four as Dordt won it 25-20. The four point difference didn’t come until Dordt was at match point.
Clarke had a 43-40 kills advantage but Dordt had eight fewer service errors and five fewer attack errors.
Garret Vander Zee had a team high 17 kills and he had nine digs.
Adam Van Elburg and Caleb Kulesza had seven kills.
Tyler Postma recorded 31 assists and Levi Ewald had 10 digs.
With the rest of the season canceled, Dordt ends its season with a 7-9 record.
COACH HANSON SAID
With many details needing to align for this match to even take place, we are so grateful to conclude our season with high level play, strong court chemistry and a strong finish on the scoreboard. To conclude the season with a three-match win streak, including one over a ranked opponent, is a wonderful way to end. With so much happening in the world today we respect the decisions to end our season. Our men have been and will continue to be in prayer for all those previously, currently and potentially will be impacted by this worldwide virus. We also surrender our lives and this season to our sovereign Lord.”