Dordt def. Ottawa 3-1 (25-17, 15-25, 25-18, 25-22)
The Dordt Defender men’s volleyball team earned a 3-1 win over Ottawa (Kansas) on Friday night in Sioux Center.
In each of the four sets the team that had the early led was able to hold on. In set one a Levi Ewald run of six serves in a row, including an ace, allowed the Defenders to take an 8-4 lead and they held on to win 25-17.
In set two the Defenders fought back to within 7-6 but a 12-0 run by the Braves put them in control 19-6 and they rode that cushion to a 25-15 win. Dordt was able to neutralize some momentum in the set and set the stage for a pivotal win in set three.
Dordt pushed the early lead to 7-2 and still led 16-10 after a Caleb Kulesza kill and an attack error by Ottawa. A five point run by Ottawa got them within 16-15 but Andres Guzman had back to back kills for a 20-15 lead that proved to be too much for Ottawa to overcome in falling 25-18.
Set four was the lone exception to the early lead rule as Ottawa had a 15-10 lead before Lucas Lopes rattled off six points in a row for a 16-15 lead and Dordt never trailed again. The score was tied at 16, 17, 18 and 20 before Adam Van Elburg recorded a kill and was in on block with Shavon Barker for a 22-20 advantage. Ottawa got the lead down to one on two occasions but a Kulesza kill got Dordt to match point and an attack error gave Dordt the 25-22 win.
Dordt had a 43-42 kills advantage with a .232 kill efficiency.
Dordt had a 9-6 points off of blocks edge and had an 8-7 service ace advantage.
Kulesza had 16 kills with ten digs and Guzman had 14 kills with no errors and 25 total attacks for a .560 kill efficiency.
Levi Ewald had a team high 11 digs and four service aces.
Boris Le accounted for 20 assists and Jeremy VanBelle had 15.
Dordt is now 6-8 this season and 2-3 in GPAC play with conference matches against Morningside and Jamestown remaining. Dordt will host Morningside on Thursday, March 4.