Clarke def. Dordt 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 15-13)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s volleyball team stumbled in its first outing of the season in a 3-2 non-conference loss to Clarke at the DeWitt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Dordt claimed the first set after surrendering the lead late at 22-21. A block by Dordt’s Luke Nelson and Adam Van Elburg tied the set at 22-22 and the teams swapped points to a 23-23 tie. Brady Frost put Dordt up 24-23 with an ace and Van Elburg ended it with a kill.
Clarke never trailed in set two and managed a 25-19 win to even the match. Dordt started the third set with a 3-0 run and led 4-3 before Clarke scored six of the next seven to go up 9-5. Dordt as able to get within one on several occasions, the last time at 24-23 but an attack error by the Defenders ended it and gave Clarke a 2-1 match lead with the 25-23 victory.
Dordt rolled to a 25-16 win in set four taking an 11-4 lead almost immediately and the Pride never got within striking distance as the match went to a decisive fifth set.
Dordt grabbed a 5-2 lead in set five on back to back Luke Nelson kills but the Pride rallied and tied the set at 8-8 after an attack error. Brady Frost came back with a kill to knot it again at 9-9 and Luke Nelson got Dordt back to even with a kill at 13-13 after Clarke had taken a two-point lead. Dordt had a chance to take the lead with an attack in the middle but Clarke snuffed the attack and an attack error ended the set and the match for a Clarke 15-13 win.
Dordt was led by Luke Nelson with 17 kills and four block assists and a .406 kill efficiency.
Brady Frost put down 13 kills and Andres Guzman had 12 kills and 12 digs with three service aces.
Boris Le put up 51 assists for the Defenders and Robert Piekarz had 21 digs.
Dylan Kooiman recorded six block assists.
Dordt had a 53-34 kills advantage but had 37 attack errors and 21 service errors. Both teams had 11 points on blocks.
COACH CHAD HANSON SAID
“This hard played five set match tested us in many different aspects of our system. I’m really pleased with how we responded in tight match moments and pushed for points at late stretches of the sets. I’m also really pleased with how we played in the final two sets especially. We need to recover quickly from this match as we have a tight turnaround hosting Viterbo at 11:00 AM.”