Ottawa def. Dordt 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-18)
The Dordt Defender men’s volleyball team saw its season end on Friday afternoon in Jamestown, North Dakota in the GPAC Semifinals against Ottawa.k
Dordt led 16-15 in set one after back to back kills by Lucas Lopes and Adam Van Elburg. A 3-0 run by the Braves put them ahead 18-16 and that margin was enough to hold off the Defenders 25-20.
Dordt regrouped and led 21-19 in set two after a service error and Dordt led 23-22 on a Caleb Kulesza kill. Ottawa tied it for the 12th time at 23-23 but Dordt got to set point on a Kulesza block. Ottawa tied it at 24-24 and took the lead on an attack error and won the set on another Dordt attack error.
Ottawa controlled set three from start to finish and won the set 25-18 to advance to the finals against Jamestown on Saturday.
Andres Guzman had a team high 14 kills and Kulesza had nine kills.
Boris Le had 14 assists and four digs and Jeremy Van Belle had 10 assists.
Kulesza had nine digs and Levi Ewald had eight.
COACH HANSON SAID
“We played hard with heart and effort and struggled a bit to execute in the bigger moments of each set. This match is not reflective of the growth and competence our guys continued to demonstrate as the season reached its pinnacle. The lessons we learned on and off the court transcend this sport. We are so blessed for the overall protection from God through our season and for all He allowed us to grow in together. Though we did experience some key injuries we are so grateful to our campus, our community and the NAIA for allowing us to play through this pandemic. The seniors demonstrated high quality character that was and is Christ-centered. They will be missed deeply. They leave behind a strong group of athletes and teammates that are on a steep trajectory of future success. Dordt men’s volleyball is exciting and we will prepare for a stronger season next year.”